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Old 02-10-2017   #1
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Congress Takes Notice of Scientific Integrity

At least Sen. Bill Nelson (F-FL) is, and the bill has some co-sponsors. Hopefully this will move through congress because, who doesn't like using the best science to make real-world decisions, right?

From the article published by the American Geophysical Union:

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and 26 other Senators recently introduced S.338, legislation that aims to promote and protect scientific integrity. The bill contains language that would require the Directors of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish policies to protect scientists and the scientific endeavor, including preventing the intentional and unintentional tampering of data and safeguarding open communication of scientific findings from federally funded research. AGU appreciates the leadership of these members of Congress and their willingness to act to protect science and the rights of scientists.

The bill's pretty fresh and full text isn't up yet but here's where you can track it.

It'll be nice to call my reps and ask them to actually support something for a change. Here's how you can get the number to call yours.

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Thanks for the notification. Seems like this may be an important time to codify the role of science via law.

Another phone call for Monday (not holding my breathe here given our reps recent behavior and their response to calls this week). Still, work with what you have.

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I would love to see a bill like this passed.
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Yes, between Big Tobacco and Big Energy there's been too much interference in scientific studies. I just hope that the same people who've manipulated studies and data don't try to keep this from happening.
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