I am very concerned about the Bush administrations manipulation of and disregard for science to meet its conservative political agenda.
More than 60 leading scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, 19 recipients of the National Medal of Science and two former Republican presidential advisors, recently issued an open letter stating that this administration has systematically distorted fact to meet its political goals on the environment, health, biomedical research, and nuclear weapons both at home and abroad.
The administration has repeatedly suppressed and censored reports by its own scientists and stacked advisory panels with political appointees. This behavior is not only outrageous it is dangerous, and threatens not only our environment and health, but our national security and international relations.
President Bush and his administration must restore the integrity of science in the policy-making process. I urge you to take this report and the words of our leading scientists very seriously. Do all that you can to ensure that qualified scientists, not industry insiders, give direction to our nations policies.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your response.