Obama just announced his selections for the White House Office of Science and Technology and NOAA. His picks are good, solid choices. But what impresses me the most is Obama’sÂ perspective on science itself, which is a near-180 shift in perspective from the current administration.Â
Says Obama, he has selected “leaders who not only invested in our scientists, but who respect the integrity of the scientific process.Â Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources — it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.”Â
Of course, political ideology, left and right, can and does obscure scientific enquiry. Let’s encourage Obama to allow science to speak for itself, relatively free of partisan agenda.