At Last, A Science Policy From Bush

At the very end of his campaign for president, George Bush finally offered scientists a glimpse of how they would fare under his administration. And, in what came as a surprise to many scientists, it was a view that embraced many of the positions urged upon both candidates by the major scientific organizations. Speaking three weeks ago to a Columbus, Ohio, audience of broadcasters, Bush pledged to promote his science adviser to a Cabinet-level position (with an official title of Assistant to the President for Science and Technology), as well as giving him a seat on the Economic Policy Council and a voice in national security issues. The adviser, Bush said, would also direct a “stronger Office of Science and Technology Policy, one that performs analyses and helps to prepare R&D budgets” across the federal government. In addition, Bush vowed to replace the...

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