Although the Bush administration is hardly the first to politicize science, no administration in recent memory has so shamelessly
distorted scientific findings for policy reasons or suppressed them when they conflict with political goals. This is the nub
of an indictment delivered last week by more than 60 prominent scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates. Their statement was
accompanied by a report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, listing cases where the administration has manipulated
science on environmental and other issues.
President Bush's supporters promptly denounced the statement and
the report as an overdrawn and politically motivated work issued in an election year by an advocacy group known for its liberal
disposition. Tellingly, however, neither Mr. Bush's friends nor the White House denied that any of the incidents listed in
the report — all had been reported before in newspapers, trade magazines and scientific journals — had occurred.