My hat is off today for Barack Obama, who has the courage to come forward and demonstrate a dedication to science over politics in the face of overwhelming pressure:
...we base our public policies on the soundest science; that we appoint scientific advisers 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.
Promoting science isn't just about providing resources -- it's also about protecting free and open inquiry. It's about letting scientists like those who are here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it's inconvenient -- especially when it's inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda -- and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.
Oh, wait. He wasn't talking about climate science; he was talking about stem cell research. Despite an emerging pile of evidence to the contrary, Obama continues to insist global warming is "settled science."
Game, set, match: ideology. Hat back on.