Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama and the triumph of ideology over science

While Pres. Obama has claims to be "restoring scientific integrity to government decision-making," his actions say otherwise. Three examples are:
  1. Obama claims that the flooding of the Red River proves "global warming." Yet the Red River has flooded many times before the atmospheric CO2 balance was altered by man and there is no evidence that it is flooding more frequently now. Obama's conclusion is ideology not science.
  2. Obama and Biden have praised the solar panel at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Yet, the museum refuses to document the amount of electricity produced and calculations appear to show that the panel will not last long enough to pay for itself.
  3. His policies on human cloning are certainly the product of ideology even if he will not admit it. As Charles Krauthammer explained:

    [Obama admonished] that we must resist the "false choice between sound science and moral values." Yet, exactly 2 minutes and 12 seconds later he went on to declare that he would never open the door to the "use of cloning for human reproduction."

    Does he not think that a cloned human would be of extraordinary scientific interest? And yet he banned it.

    Is he so obtuse not to see that he had just made a choice of ethics over science? Yet, unlike President Bush, who painstakingly explained the balance of ethical and scientific goods he was trying to achieve, Obama did not even pretend to make the case why some practices are morally permissible and others are not.

    This is not just intellectual laziness. It is the moral arrogance of a man who continuously dismisses his critics as ideological....

On the other side, while Obama's speeches may not make sense, at least he delivers them well.

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