The Bush appointee who said the Big Bang was ‘opinion’ has resigned. It came out yesterday that he had lied about graduating from Texas A&M, although noone’s saying whether or not this is the reason he resigned. As the above link correctly points out, Deutsch was a small fish; there’s a much more serious issue about the administration systematically trying to suppress science, and it’s not clear how far it reaches:
For a president that paints himself as a champion of national security, the NASA incident is a major blow to Bush’s credibility. This isn’t the first time either, with George Deutsch now joining the ranks of Michael Brown, the embattled former director of FEMA, and Harriet Myers, Bush’s Supreme Court nominee who was subsequently withdrawn. Congratulations, Deutsch, this is a pretty elite circle!
The NASA censorship scandal was originally about partisan figures compromising the science, and it still is, but now it’s also about something much deeper and much more troubling. I don’t know how many others there are out there like Deutsch, but it shouldn’t be hard to find out. Journalists, it’s time to make some phone calls!
In the meantime, NASA needs the authority to remove the rest of those who are interfering with the scientific process for partisan gains. Although NASA’s credibility has tragically taken a big hit here due to political interference, the real victim is the science. And, when the science suffers, we are all affected.
Well said. I wonder how much of the spotlight will be on his resignation, and how much will be on the broader issue of scientific research being infiltrated, compromised, and suppressed by political ideology by this administration.