When politicians listen to scientists, we all benefit
The Trump administration has just confirmed the appointment of Scott Pruitt, a known climate change denier, as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Elsewhere, in 2014 the government in Sweden misrepresented research on the state of the wolf population to justify hunting them.
And in the United Kingdom in 2006, a parliamentary committee found that the government “twisted” science for political purposes. More recently, Nobel Laureate and Royal Society president Paul Nurse lamented politicians ignoring scientific evidence.Tags: Alternative facts, Anti-science, Climate change denial, Science funding, Science policy