Just noticed this today from the NYTimes. (May require login).
Here’s the beginning of the article:
[quote:25bac25add=“New York Times”][b:25bac25add]Scientists Form Group to Support Science-Friendly Candidates[/b:25bac25add]
By CORNELIA DEAN
Several prominent scientists said yesterday that they had formed an organization dedicated to electing politicians ¤who respect evidence and understand the importance of using scientific and engineering advice in making public policy.Ë
Organizers of the group, Scientists and Engineers for America, said it would be nonpartisan, but in interviews several said Bush administration science policies had led them to act. The issues they cited included the administration╠s position on climate change, its restrictions on stem cell research and delays in authorizing the over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception.[/quote:25bac25add]
I note that on the group’s website they have a mission statement. This is what it says:
[quote:25bac25add=“SEFORA”]Today a group of scientists and concerned citizens launch a new organization, Scientists and Engineers for America, dedicated to electing public officials who respect evidence and understand the importance of using scientific and engineering advice in making public policy.
The principal role of the science and technology community is to advance human understanding. But there are times when this is not enough. Scientists and engineers have a right, indeed an obligation, to enter the political debate when the nation╠s leaders systematically ignore scientific evidence and analysis, put ideological interests ahead of scientific truths, suppress valid scientific evidence and harass and threaten scientists for speaking honestly about their research.
We ask every American who values scientific integrity in decision-making to join us in endorsing a basic Bill of Rights for Scientists and Engineers. Together we will elect new leadership beginning in 2006, and we will continue to work to elect reasonable leadership in federal, state and local elections for years to come.[/quote:25bac25add]
Now, this is the first I’ve heard of this group, so I don’t have any specific info about how credible or dedicated they are; but it sure sounds like a good cause!
Check out their "Bill of Rights for Scientists and Engineers" and see if you don’t agree with me.