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Henry Waxman Making Sense: Historic Disconnect in Congress Between Science and Policy

by Ben Jervey

March 9, 2011

Speaking at the Center for American Progress Action Fund yesterday, he railed against the influence of dirty Koch Industries money in politics, and about the sorry state of scientific ignorance in today's Congress. Here are some choice lines:

"The new Republican majority has a lot of leeway to rewrite laws, but they don't have the ability to rewrite the laws of nature."

"Republicans in Congress have become the party of science deniers, and that is profoundly dangerous."

"Science denial, partisanship, and the rising power of special interests are deeply intertwined, and they feed off each other."

"I've never been in a Congress where there was such an overwhelming disconnect between science and public policy."

"It apparently no longer matters in Congress what health experts and scientists think. All that seems to matter is what Koch Industries thinks."

Thanks to Think Progress for posting the video.

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Henry Waxman Making Sense: Historic Disconnect in Congress Between Science and Policy