The Left’s Stranglehold on Science

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, a liberal writer frets over what the Republican-controlled Congress might do to the Environmental Protection Agency. Listing a handful of bills that have thus far been trounced by Democrats, he finds one particularly worrisome. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, previously sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, aims to make sure said advisory panels are properly representative of scientific thought.

That, of course, is madness. Opponents of the bill are scared that it could allow conflicts-of-interest to invade these panels. In other words, scientists paid by the oil industry could hold away over the EPA’s oil-industry regulations. The writer, along with other like-minded liberals, see this as a recipe for disaster. Bills like the ones proposed by Republicans could – gasp! – slow down the EPA. They could force the EPA to cut back on the number of regulations it spews forth every year. Oh no, what will we do with fewer regulations?

Conflict of Interest, You Say?

Putting aside the obvious benefits of a hamstrung EPA, the concern over scientists with conflicts of interest advising the agency is particularly amusing. Because science is rife with these conflicts already. Liberals don’t notice them, of course, because they aren’t inclined to. If a study is funded by a non-profit environmental group, no conflict of interest is detected. If a study is funded by a Democratic administration, no conflict of interest is detected. But those conflicts are every bit as real as the ones the left fears.

A 2012 survey of social psychologists in the United States found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans 14 to 1. That’s soft science – not the kind relied upon by the EPA – but it illustrates a conflict that goes beyond direct funding. When the entirety of the scientific establishment is biased towards liberalism, the focus is narrowed to the field’s detriment. Conservatives are shunned, their explorations are shoved aside, and they are made to feel unwelcome in the clique. Then, when a study comes out funded by, say, the Heritage Foundation or a private company, liberal writers jump all over the “conflict of interest.” But when a study comes out from this or that prestigious university, no conflict is detected.

The other factor influencing the liberal bias in science is that smart conservatives tend to, you know, actually want to make some money with their advanced degrees. Given the choice between going to work for the oil industry or a poorly-paying nonprofit (or a university), they may well choose the oil industry. Does that make their scientific credentials any less valuable? Of course not. But it does mean that their views are marginalized by the well-bred, haughty liberals in tweed jackets. And so the circlejerk continues.

Anything that puts the brakes on the EPA can only be considered a good thing. If Republicans manage to open the doors to some conflicting viewpoints, so much the better. Whether the topic is climate change, evolution, or gravity, the science is never settled. The moment you hear otherwise, you know you’re no longer listening to science. You’re listening to a political argument.

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  1. Richard A. Fletcher

    Well described as how the Left views everything, whether from Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, what have you, it’s all skeptical science.

    Given
    the choice between going to work for the oil industry or a
    poorly-paying nonprofit (or a university), they may well choose the oil
    industry. Does that make their scientific credentials any less valuable?
    Of course not. But it does mean that their views are marginalized by
    the well-bred, haughty liberals in tweed jackets. And so the circlejerk
    continues. – See more at:
    https://patriotnewsdaily.com/the-lefts-stranglehold-on-science/#sthash.E80Ox8SC.dpuf
    Given
    the choice between going to work for the oil industry or a
    poorly-paying nonprofit (or a university), they may well choose the oil
    industry. Does that make their scientific credentials any less valuable?
    Of course not. But it does mean that their views are marginalized by
    the well-bred, haughty liberals in tweed jackets. And so the circlejerk
    continues. – See more at:
    https://patriotnewsdaily.com/the-lefts-stranglehold-on-science/#sthash.E80Ox8SC.dpuf
    Given
    the choice between going to work for the oil industry or a
    poorly-paying nonprofit (or a university), they may well choose the oil
    industry. Does that make their scientific credentials any less valuable?
    Of course not. But it does mean that their views are marginalized by
    the well-bred, haughty liberals in tweed jackets. And so the circlejerk
    continues. – See more at:
    https://patriotnewsdaily.com/the-lefts-stranglehold-on-science/#sthash.E80Ox8SC.dpuf

  2. can I please have my share of Global Warming… I’m freezing my ass off !

  3. Ken Dometriosis .

    When we allow the non-servium Presidents to be bought into office-like those since Bush Sr., our space exploration plummets. We no longer wish to explore space but rather to ignore it and fantasize about unrealistic missions instead. It’s all about keeping the herd complacent.

  4. No intelligence allowed in communist controlled academia. Communist agents pretending to be “professors” are in reality drill instructors for Communist Party USA.

    • Hi, how are you? haven’t noticed you for a while . Boy that is not so good is it? I have been s busy. I have Gods big Guns to look after and thy keep me busy. I hope you are OK .

    • I Just realized this very moment that you know something very good is going to happen! We are all players in the same novel, that of the Bible. We are the rest of the Book and time keeps writing it’s tale. We are the privileged few to Usher out Evil once and for all! Just remember they tortured all of 12 apostles, yet all
      suffered and died so we can go back to our Heavenly Father. Count ME IN !!!!!

      • Those of us who survive the EVIL that will rise up will see the return of God and His Son Jesus Christ in all of their Glory. EVIL cannot survive in the presence of the Gods in all of their Glory. EVIL will immediately be reduced to ashes. Then comes the Thousand years of PEACE with Jesus Christ ruling. A final war that ends the life of the Earth.

      • Always a Bible thumper among the bunch.
        The Bible is a pack of lies about events that never occurred written by people that were not there. I challenge you to show one single thread of evidence that anything in your so-called holy book is true. You don’t know the name of a single one of the people that wrote it, when it was written, where it was written, and how much editing has been done by the Catholic Church since then. I do know that there are no original documents in existence.
        I believe one of the things I get the biggest kick out of is when some Christian says he read the Bible in the original Greek. I thought these folks were all supposed to be poor fisherman. Wouldn’t their native language be Aramaic? Greek was the language of the educated people. Are we to believe all these poor fisherman were educated in Greece?
        Curious that you should mention EVIL. What is more EVIL than a bunch of bloodthirsty religious zealots roaming the countryside committing genocide on every town they come to just so they can have the people’s property and their belongings?
        Every religion claims to be the one true religion. There is one thing that I know is true. Not every religion can be right, but every religion can be wrong.

  5. Scientists often live on government grants. Discover something other than what the grantor wants and the money dries up, thus it is good economic sense to generate the desired results and get more grant money. It is a sick game and not even close to intellectual honesty. Of course, that is just my unscientific opinion.

    • Well, there is one thing we agree upon. That is an unscientific opinion.
      Do you think you could maybe provide a little documentation to back up what you claim? Do you even think about what you post before you post it? Can you even define what science is?

    • While your opinion might well be “unscientific”, unfortunately you are more likely right than wrong.

  6. So If I am reading this correctly, there is still discussion on if there is Gravity, true or false? A study of social psychologists in the United States found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans 14 to 1. Could that be attributed to the fact that Democrats care about other people and republicans care about their money.If you want to know why the Democrats have a “strangle hold” on Science, it could be because they believe that Science can provide answers that benefit ALL of HUMANITY while many Republicans, such as our standard bearer from North Carolina, see no problems with the germs present in bathrooms, in commercial kitchens, so no need to wash your hands. I swear, if you all continue to make us all look like fools and idiots, the the Independent party will have another household moving into their camp.

    https://patriotnewsdaily.com/the-lefts-stranglehold-on-science/

  7. Just out of curiosity, can you name one single regulation from the EPA that has interfered with your life in any way? Just one.
    Oh, yeah, don’t forget the EPA was Nixon’s brainchild. Of course in the convoluted way of thinking that conservatives have I won’t be surprised to learn that the EPA was created by Pres. Obama.

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