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Science and Politics

Science and Politics It seems to me that science and politics do work hand in hand right now. The big question is should science and politics mix? As stated in the article by Gregory Lamb (Lamb, 2005) both sides of the spectrum, whether they are liberal or republican, have tried to incorporate science to their own agendas. Dwight D. Eisenhower sought after the first science advisor for the White House. Under Ronal Regan, C. Everett Koop Surgeon General was very influential in dealing with the AIDS epidemic and he was heavily involved in smoking related illnesses. Liberals have tried to have their hands in genetically engineered foods, animal rights and stem-cell research.
Do I think that scientists should be cut out of the policy making process? Yes, of course they should. Scientists are not politicians and should not be making policies. Scientists form theories based on what they have researched and their knowledge. In the case of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, advocacy groups called the research “sound science, whereas opposition groups called it “junk science” (Pielke, 2006). In a testimony to the US Congress, a key scientist suggested that the paper is bad science due to the fact that the editor who oversaw the publication of the journal Climate Research has been critical of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol.
I believe that without the funding from the Government, a lot of environmental experiments and research would not be able to be conducted. This in turn greatly influences scientists. They feel that since they are being funded by a certain group that they must then steer their findings towards the group’s political goals.

References
Lamb, G. (2005, September 27). Science and politics: a dangerous mix. Christian Science Monitor, 97(213), 11-13. Retrieved April 10, 2009,…...

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