Scientific Stagnation bodes an ill wind to evolution, sustainability, and survival as "cycles of humiliation, dumbing us down, violence, and Unrestrained Corporate Greed prompting resource wars with nuclear finality" join hands with global warming and ecological imbalance to precipitate the historical "rise and fall of civilization" - a Tsunami accelerating toward us with a far more spectacular event than the legends and myths of 'Atlantis and Lemuria"........ had more people known that Energy from Corn (or going backwards to a dimwitted concept of radioactive nuclear power application ) sounded a wee bit kindergartenish and senile for the twenty first century......the Future may have had a chance.
The Deadly Dangers of a Mis-informed, Dis-informed & Un-informed Population, Ultimately to Itself, History Provides Ample Evidence.
The Solution: The Promise of New Energy Systems & Beyond Oil Evaporates the Problem: The ill designed "Corporism: The Systemic Disease that Destroys Civilization." when devoid of a Bill of Rights for Human Life, devoid of scientific parameters necessary for Life's evolution, sustainability, and survival.
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By Andrew C. Revkin
Nearly 180 organizations representing the interdependent arenas of science, academia and business are urging the next president to appoint a White House science adviser by Inauguration Day and give the position cabinet-level rank. In letters sent Thursday to Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama, the organizations said scientific and technical advice was needed now more than ever given the importance of the entwined issues of energy security and climate change, mounting issues and opportunities in medicine, and problems in science education and American innovation and competitiveness. The letters reflect broadening concern that the White House has not been sufficiently stressing science.
It is “essential that you be prepared to quickly appoint a science adviser who is a nationally respected leader with the appropriate scientific, management and policy skills necessary for this critically important role,” the letters said.
The groups, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Association of American Universities, said the science adviser should have the same status in the cabinet as the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Trade Representative.
In a news release, the groups criticized the Bush administration for delaying and discounting science advice: “President George W. Bush did not appoint John H. Marburger III as his science adviser until June 25, 2001, five months after taking office, and he did not give cabinet rank to the science post. Dr. Marburger, a physicist and former head of Brookhaven National Laboratory, was not confirmed by the Senate until Oct. 23, 2001, after key policies on climate change and stem cell research already had been announced by the White House.”
Here are links to the letters to Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama, along with the names of 178 organizations that signed them.What science advice would you give the next president?