Events have overtaken his column of self-congratulation. The public recently learned that the EPA suppressed an internal study on climate science because the author challenged the scientific basis used to justify the Obama Administration’s anti-global warming agenda.
And holding up John Holdren as a leader in restoring scientific integrity? Well, Holdren’s reputation has taken a serious hit in recent days, too. From REASON, “The disturbing intellectual record of Obama’s science czar.”
Dr. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy—better known as the “science czar”—has been a longtime prophet of environmental catastrophes. Never discouraged but never right. And thanks to resourceful bloggers, you can read excerpts from a hard-to-find book co-authored by Holdren in the late 1970s, called Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, online. In it, you will find the czar wading into some unpleasant talk about mass sterilizations and abortions.
Unless UCS considers eugenics, population control and anti-growth policies to be hallmarks of scientific integrity.
To us, they seem more like policy choices (bad choices) that should be argued on their merits as policy, not forced into a single “science-endorsed” position that one dare not question. Scientific integrity? How about political honesty?
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