Environment Science

House GOP Wants No Independent Scientists on Science Board

The president isn’t going to sign this into law, but the House continues to wage its own private war on the EPA and science.

The House voted 229-191 to pass H.R. 1422, which would change the rules for appointing members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB), a group that gives scientific advice to the EPA Administrator. Also called the Science Advisory Board Reform Act, the bill would make it easier for scientists with financial ties to corporations to serve on the SAB, prohibit independent scientists from talking about their own research on the board, and make it more difficult for scientists who have applied for grants from the EPA to join the board.

The party of independence and personal responsibility has a problem with independent scientists who conduct their own research, but no problem with corporate scientists with conflicts of interest.

Expect a whole lot more of this over the next two years as Congress is turned into a campaign platform.

  • muselet

    “The Science Advisory Board Reform Act.”

    George Orwell just hit 3500rpm.

    –alopecia

  • trgahan

    They have also been working hard to prohibit the National Science Foundation from funding any/all Social, Behavioral, and Economic based research (House Bill 4186)…you know, the stuff that routinely provides evidence that modern conservative policy/world view is both wrong and harmful to continued human existence.

    Once again…another step closer to third world nation status.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Expect a whole lot more of this over the next two years as Congress is turned into a campaign platform.

    There would be a whole lot less of this is, each time the Republicans pulled this crap, the Democrats clearly and persistently pointed it out.

    They could make the narrative “There go those Republicans again. Trying to do something obviously crooked, stupid and harmful to America.” and Republican = conman the general picture folks have.

    Of course they won’t. Because if they did that the Republicans just might get mad at them.

    • JMAshby

      Pelosi and other Dems do call them out quite frequently, but you probably don’t hear about it very much. It’s a bit too optimistic to think Dems could change the narrative as they see fit. Unlike the GOP, Dems do not have a cable channel dedicated to nothing but churning out propaganda for them. There is no “liberal media.” There’s the “Both Sides” media and then there’s Fox.

      • Christopher Foxx

        I agree the Dems face a bigger hurdle than the Republicans, what with not having a Fox. But I see that as all the more reason to get focused and active at making use of the other outlets.

        Democrats do participate in the Sunday shows. They do get appearances on Maddow and The Daily Show and the rest. What they haven’t done, certainly not effectively, is use these opportunities to call Republicans on their shit, and journalists on their collusion.

        I agree that the Dems don’t have a Fox. I don’t agree that that’s an excuse.

        • nathkatun7

          “I agree that the Dems don’t have a Fox. I don’t agree that that’s an excuse.”

          It’s not just Fox! It’s also ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and for the most part MSNBC. It’s also the White House Press Corp.