What Fresh Hell Is This?

April 10, 2011

It's Not Only In The House

The anti-science, I mean.

Yesterday I blogged on this curious piece of anti-science legislation. In it all the House Republicans and 19 House Democrats (including our own local Jason Altmire) voted in favor of, among other things, voids the EPA finding that:
[G]reenhouse gases in the atmosphere may reasonably be anticipated both to endanger public health and to endanger public welfare.
The EPA administrator based that finding on science. The House of Representatives didn't.

The thing I didn't notice last night was that the legislation has oozed it's way over to the Senate as an amendment from our good friend Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The amendment, to S.493, is according to Thomas.gov:
SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 - Title I: Reauthorization of the SBIR and STTR Programs - (Sec. 101) Amends the Small Business Act (the Act) to reauthorize through FY2019 the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA).
The SBIR and STTR programs are meant to spur on scientific and technological innovation. How you get that from voting down a scientific finding is beyond me.

Guess, just guess, who's a cosponsor of this lil bit of anti-science?

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey.

Looks like more evidence supporting the general idea that the GOP is the anti-science party.


Heir to the Throne said...

Deniers use illegally obtained emails to smear Phil Jones.

“In particular, the complainants were concerned that the blog posts described Professor Phil Jones as “disgraced, FOI-breaching, email-deleting, scientific-method abusing”. They explained that Professor Phil Jones had been exonerated of any dishonesty or scientific malpractice by a series of reviews” ...
In relation to the columnist’s description of Professor Jones as “FOI-breaching, email-deleting”, the newspaper had provided extracts from an email from Professor Jones in which he had written “If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone”, and another email in which he had written

“Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?”. – Press Complaints Commission ruling


Dayvoe said...


You couldn't do any better than Climate gate?

No, I guess not.

Heir to the Throne said...

Here is some science for you.
Water vapor is a greenhouse gas so you are saying the EPA should be able to regulate when someone boils water.

It is funny how progressives use the "exonerated of any dishonesty or scientific malpractice by a series of reviews” talking point to explain away Climate gate.

The talking point that is easily defeated by quoting the (illegally obtained unlike Wikileaks) emails.

Ol' Froth said...

Hmmm..a load of twaddle from HTTT. What else is new?