there's a must-listen report by npr's scott horsley from today's all things considered. it explains that, six weeks in office, barack announced that new rules for the science and scientists would be established (this was in response to bush's attacks on and manipulation of science).
they rolled tape and we got the following from six weeks after barack was sworn in.
Barack Obama: It's about letting scientist like those who are here today do their jobs free from manipulation or coercion and listening to what they tell us. Even when it's inconvenient. Especially when it's inconvenient.
those new rules? 15 months overdue and they're saying it will be published in december at the earliest.
we had another clip of barack speaking in the segment.
Barack Obama: To ensure that in this new administration, we base our public policies on the soundest science, that we appoint scientific advisors, based on their credentials and experience, not their politcs and ideology. And that we are open and honest with the American people about the science behind our decisions.
as bad as that is, pair it with this report by ari shapiro on today's morning edition.
ARI SHAPIRO: When the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded and sank last April, the government first estimated that a thousand barrels a day were coming out of the leaking well.�Then the number jumped fivefold.�
Now for the first time, we know where that 5,000 barrel a day figure came from.�A preliminary report by the commission investigating the BP spill says a government scientist came up with that figure. And, quote, "There is no indication that the scientist had expertise in estimating deep-sea flow velocity from video data or that he used an established or peer-reviewed methodology."
This report traces many such instances during the spill, where the Obama administration ignored or obscured existing scientific methods and evidence, ultimately giving the public inaccurate information and damaging the government's credibility, according to the report.
In May, BP released a short video clip of the gusher. Independent scientists who had experience measuring oil flow used that video to obtain much higher measurements.�Professor Steven Werely of Purdue University revealed his measurement to NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris on this program.
Professor STEVEN WERELY (Purdue University): 70,000 barrels a day.
RICHARD HARRIS: Plus or minus how much?
Prof. WERELY: Oh, about 20 percent.
SHAPIRO: The White House pushed back hard on those measurements, even though this report says they were far more accurate than the government's figures.�
best science he promises the public but ari's report shows us otherwise. barack said they would listen to what scientists told them and we know that's a lie. and we also know that he wasn't fretting over whether or not the american people felt informed and felt like they could trust the administration.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'