Mr. President, this week India has set an excellent precedent for restoring scientific integrity by pulling out of the IPCC because they “cannot rely” on that body due to the many false claims contained in IPCC AR4 that have recently come to light.
And so Mr. President, you have another opportunity to stand behind a pledge that you made shortly after your inauguration:
…I am also signing a Presidential Memorandum directing the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making. To ensure that in this new Administration, we base our public policies on the soundest science; that we appoint scientific advisors based on their credentials and experience, not their politics or ideology; and that we are open and honest with the American people about the science behind our decisions.
So it’s time to keep your word, something you can demonstrate for the first time. Restore honor to science, before it’s too late.