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Wonder if Union of Concerned Scientists Would Retract Any of This

That’s Kevin Knoblauch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, writing in the Summer issue of “Catalyst.”

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?

For Knoblauch’s entire message, click here.

(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds. And more from Michelle Malkin here. And David Freddoso here.)

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Membership Renewal Letter from the Union of Concerned Scientists

It’s just interesting how low key this dues reminder is from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Most direct mail from environmentalist groups we get — and we get a lot — tends toward the POLAR BEARS ARE CRYING FOR THEIR DEAD CUBS ilk of propaganda. This letter is restrained in comparison (and that respect, quite dissimilar from the unrestrained jobs-killing UCS policy agenda).

Why the modest rhetoric? Our guess:

You don’t need a strong sales pitch targeting people who have already associated themselves with your efforts, i.e., members and former members.

The Obama Administration is new and generally seen as sympatico, and there’s no point at railing against the Bush Administration any longer. Besides, there will be enemies to raise money from by demonizing soon enough. Whenever the cap-and-trade debate in Congress gets under way.

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