Fixing the Science Problem in Environmental Agencies

Holly Doremus

The outgoing Bush administration leaves in its wake a systemic problem at key federal environmental agencies. Career scientists are thoroughly demoralized. The morale problem will be helped by case-by-case reversal of some of the most extreme Bush-era anti-environmental actions, but morale will not be fully restored until institutional systems are in place to make better use of scientific evidence and scientific personnel. That sounds easy, but it will take more than simply declaring a commitment to scientific integrity. The Obama Administration should draft an executive order on scientific integrity that highlights the roles of science and politics in policy decisions and provides mechanisms for separating the two. Read the rest of this entry »