Monday, March 09, 2009

The Separation of Science and Politics

Nice to have Reason back in play.

Obama accompanied his announcement yesterday lifting limits on funding for stem-cell research with a statement that should do much to reassure those of us who felt that W's knotting of science and politics was a terrible thing.

"Promoting science isn't just about providing resources — it is also about protecting free and open inquiry," Obama said. That's an important change in philosophy, and one that will hopefully facilitate the research and trials that we need to tackle some pretty frightening problems.

Perhaps the most pleasing part of this announcement is the crystal clear denunciation of Bush-era politicization of science. Their "good science" catchphrase was a load of BS and everyone knew it. Now, Obama's said it in public, loud and clear, and has changed policy on it. We've still got a ways to go in addressing climate change, but at least things are moving in the right direction.

It just keeps getting better.

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