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Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake


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Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake

Gretchen Goldman

Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration to promote scientific integrity in federal decision-making. But we cannot forget the many steps that preceded it.


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Whatever could Gretchen Goldman or the US government possibly mean by "scientific integrity in government decisionmaking"?

A government decision may be more or less based on better or worse science, but science should normally mean experimental and empirical research conducted with open methodology. It might be wonderful for the government to fund science, as it has at times. It would be wonderful were it to pay some attention to scientific results, as I suppose someone in government must do, however occasionally and however little evidence one ever sees of it. Government might create a better or worse intellectual environment, in which science might prosper or fail. Government does not do scientific integrity, and has not of late done much integrity at all.


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If you click on the very first link in the article, you'll see:

blog.ucsusa.org/michael-halpern/the-department-of-energy-just-created-a-powerful-tool-to-protect-its-scientists