President Bush recently said, "When we make decisions, we want to make sure we do so on sound science; not what sounds good, but what is real." But what does "sound science" mean to him?
- In October 2002, the Bush administration replaced an online fact sheet containing information about condoms with one lacking critical information on condom use and effectiveness.
- Bush's Interior Secretary omitted key studies from her testimony before Congress on oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- Bush let industry lobbyists write mercury pollution regulations.
- In 2001, President Bush sent Jeanne Head (of the National Right to Life Committee) as the U.S. representative to the World Health Summit, where the United States is usually represented by professionals from organizations like the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association.
John Kerry, along with 48 Nobel Prize winners, takes issue with Bush's definition of "sound science" — saying that Bush allows ideology to overshadow the facts when determining science policies.
"We need a president who believes in science again in America," said Senator Kerry. Kerry pledged to lift the ban on federal funding of stem cell research, which offers new hope for people with life-threatening illnesses ranging from Alzheimer's to diabetes. Kerry also said that when elected, he would immediately lift the global gag rule, reinstated by Bush on his first day in office in January 2001.
Science? We don't need no stinking science. The Scriptures tell us everything we need to know. Yeesh, I'm off to the mines.