The Republican War on Science

Once Upon a Forest

Kelpie Wilson relates another chapter in the Republican war on science: Oregon congressman Greg Walden has a bill that would mandate logging forests after natural disturbances like fire, wind or drought. The Walden bill's supporters are selling a story about science that supports their logging plan, but some upstart graduate students are exposing it for a fraud.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040506A.shtml



Once upon a forest
AlterNet
by Kelpie Wilson

04/10/06

Proponents of the Walden logging bill claim they need to slash environmental protections for burned forests because otherwise environmentalists will use the protections to appeal logging plans. Often, they say, appeals can drag out long enough that the burned timber rots and becomes worthless, and if the timber can't be sold then there won't be enough money for replanting. Thus the politicians, who know best, must override the misguided environmentalists in order to 'save' the forests. There are two very large problems with this line of reasoning: the science and the facts. Chris Mooney, in his book 'The Republican War on Science,' has documented the Right's extremely well-orchestrated attack on science. Republicans have invented something they call 'sound science,' which is basically any science that gives them the results that they want, as opposed to independent science that gives the wrong answers...

http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/34652/


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