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The Republican War on Science

by Chris Mooney

The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney

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A stinging indictment of how one party has placed politics over science and embraced politically motivated pseudoscience.....In the White House and Congress today, findings are reported in a politicized manner; spun or distorted to fit the speaker's agenda; or, when they're too inconvenient, ignored entirely. On a broad array of issues-stem cell research, climate change, missile defense, abstinence education, product safety, environmental regulation, and many others-the Bush administration's positions fly in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus.....This is not unique to the Bush administration, but it is largely a Republican phenomenon, born of a conservative dislike of environmental, health, and safety regulation, and at the extremes, of evolution and legalized abortion. In The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney ties together the disparate strands of the attack on science into a compelling and frightening account of our government's increasing unwillingness to distinguish between legitimate research and ideologically driven pseudoscience.

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'Conservatives may react with indignation; liberals, moderates and working scientists will find few surprises, but Mooney's very readable, and understandably partisan, volume is the first to put the whole story, thoroughly documented, in one place.' - PW.

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