I just happened to find a very interesting website and report called Politics and Science in the Bush Administration, prepared for the minority office of the House Committee on Government Reform. Here’s part of the introduction:

The report Politics and Science in the Bush Administration (.pdf) finds numerous instances where the Administration has manipulated the scientific process and distorted or suppressed scientific findings. Beneficiaries include important supporters of the President, including social conservatives and powerful industry groups.

The report then goes on to list, in great detail, abuse of political influence to alter, hide, or stop scientific research in twenty areas from Abstinence-Only Education and Agricultural Pollution to Workplace Safety and Yellowstone National Park. It’s very depressing reading for anybody who cares about science and the integrity of the knowledge-seeking and -disseminating processes. It appears that scientific results are being driven by dogma, instead of policy being driven by scientific knowledge. Anybody who cares about science in the US should read the report, and then contact their congresscritter to ensure that these abuses against the pursuit of knowledge do not continue.