Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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The US government and corporations manipulate scientists to support policies and protect profits

by: J. D. Heyes

A new book by a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientist asserts that the federal government primarily only hires and retains scientists whose "work" supports preconceived conclusions, especially on politically polarized topics such as climate change/global warming.

Dr. David Lewis writes in his book, Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits, that the "government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices."

'You know you're going to be fired, right?'
He further asserts that organizations that deal with scientific integrity are really just designed to only weed out those who commit fraud behind the backs of the institutions where they are employed.

"The greatest threat of all," says a description of the book, "is the purposeful corruption of the scientific enterprise by the institutions themselves. The science they create is often only an illusion, designed to deceive; and the scientists they destroy to protect that illusion are often our best."

When Speaker Newt Gingrich greeted Lewis in his office overlooking the National Mall some years ago,, he looked at him and said: "You know you're going to be fired for this, don't you?"

"I know," Lewis replied, "I just hope to stay out of prison."

Gingrich had just read Lewis's commentary in the journal Nature, titled, "EPA Science: Casualty of Election Politics."

Three years later, and 30 years after Lewis began working at EPA, he was back in Washington to receive a Science Achievement Award from Administrator Carol Browner for his second article in Nature. By then, the agency had transferred Lewis to the University of Georgia to await termination, though he was the EPA's only scientist to ever be lead author on papers published in Nature and Lancet.

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