More Bad Science Courtesy of Government
Posted by Jeff Id on October 20, 2011
Fox News has an article highlighting an attempt by Republicans to point out the mountains of known-bad science being paid for and misrepresented by people in government.
Several Republican lawmakers are challenging the Obama administration’s science czar over what they claim are repeat incidents of “scientific misconduct” among agencies, questioning whether officials who deal with everything from endangered speciesto nuclear waste are using “sound science.”
In their letter, the lawmakers focused most on concerns about the 2009 decision to pull the plug on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada. The project years in the making faced heavy opposition in Nevada.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu in 2009 said the project was simply not a “workable option.” In early 2010, the department withdrew its license application for the site, and moved instead to impanel a commission to look at alternative sites. A department filing at the time noted that scientific knowledge on nuclear waste had “advanced dramatically” in the 20 years since the project started.
But the Government Accountability Office said in an April report the DOE did not cite “technical or safety issues” in its decision.
“Amid uncertainty over whether it had the authority to terminate the Yucca Mountain repository program, DOE terminated the program without formally assessing the risks stemming from the shutdown, including the possibility that it might have to resume the repository effort,” the report said.
A June report from Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee also said the panel could not find a “single document” to support claims that Yucca Mountain is unsafe for nuclear waste.
The government has strayed far from its original roots. The left in particular, no longer appears to have any interest in helping people live better lives. It is as though every single policy coming out is intentionally designed to be bad for industry, bad for our future and bad for our society. Why people want to live like Cubans is beyond me, but we’re working hard to get there.