Science or Censorship?

On June 8, 2004, William O’Keefe, President of the Marshall Institute, and Kurt Gottfried of the Union of Concerned Scientists held a debate on the politicization of science on NPR’s Justice Talking radio show.

Science or Censorship?
Date of Debate: June 08, 2004

Concerned scientists voiced opposition when warnings about global warming were dropped from an EPA report. Hackles rose when the Bush administration changed a government website with information about the effectiveness of condoms and Nobel laureates decried the replacement of respected colleagues from a national science panel. Scientists say the administration is playing politics with science. Administration officials agree that there are politics, but they blame the left for what they say are years of promoting unproven theories to fit a predetermined social agenda. They say it’s time to decide policy on real evidence instead of placating the “politically correct.”


Kurt Gottfried is cofounder and current board member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is emeritus professor of physics at Cornell University and has served on the senior staff of the European Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva. Dr. Gottfried is a former chair of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society, a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading critic of the “Star Wars” program, he is the author of The Fallacy of Star Wars and Crisis Stability and Nuclear War.

William O’Keefe, President of the Marshall Institute, is President of Solutions Consulting, Inc. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Jellinek, Schwartz and Conolly, Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Petroleum Institute and Chief Administrative Officer of the Center for Naval Analyses. Mr. O’Keefe has held positions on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Institute, the U.S. Energy Association and the Competitive Enterprise Institute and is Chairman Emeritus of the Global Climate Coalition.

Closing Quote

Yes, we have to divide up our time – between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.”

– Albert Einstein

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