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Back off, man, we’re a scientist PAC!

An idea whose time, frankly, is way overdue.

Several prominent scientists said yesterday that they had formed an organization dedicated to electing politicians “who respect evidence and understand the importance of using scientific and engineering advice in making public policy.”

Organizers of the group, Scientists and Engineers for America, said it would be nonpartisan, but in interviews several said Bush administration science policies had led them to act. The issues they cited included the administration’s position on climate change, its restrictions on stem cell research and delays in authorizing the over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception.

In a statement posted on its Web site (www.sefora.org), the group said scientists and engineers had an obligation “to enter the political debate when the nation’s leaders systematically ignore scientific evidence and analysis, put ideological interest ahead of scientific truths, suppress valid scientific evidence and harass and threaten scientists for speaking honestly about their research.”

The group’s organizers include John H. Gibbons and Neal Lane, who were science advisers in the Clinton administration, the Nobel laureates Peter Agre and Alfred Gilman, and Susan F. Wood, who resigned from the Food and Drug Administration last year to protest the agency’s delay in approving over-the-counter sales of the so-called Plan B emergency contraception.

“The issues we are talking about happen to be issues in which the administration’s record is quite poor,” Dr. Lane said. But he said the goal was to protect “the integrity of science” so that Americans could have confidence in the government’s science-based decisions.

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The group is looking at the Senate race in Virginia between George Allen, the incumbent Republican, and James Webb, a Democrat; a stem cell ballot issue in Missouri; the question of intelligent design in Ohio; and Congressional races in Washington State, Mr. Brown said.

Dr. Lane is a big shot at Rice University here in Houston. Someone should tell him there’s an election right here in Texas involving a science-friendly candidate that might be worth his group’s time to check out. Thanks to my buddy Matt for pointing this story out to me.

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3 Comments

  1. stumpy says:

    I would hope the group will develop into a counterweight to the Christofascists who now have control.

  2. Mathwiz says:

    Scientists and Engineers for America, said it would be nonpartisan, but in interviews several said Bush administration science policies had led them to act.

    There’s no contradiction in that, and the NYT reporter shouldn’t have implied otherwise. The “science problem” isn’t with Republicans or conservatives in general; it’s with the religious Right (evolution, sex ed) and big oil (global warming) interests who run the Bush administration and the GOP today.

    Yes, it’s a cliche, but some of my best friends are pro-science conservatives.

  3. Support Science to Reverse Global Warming, if still possible says:

    Support Science to Reverse Global Warming, before it is irreversable.