Friday, January 10, 2014

When Bill Cosh Sez "Sound Science", He's Speaking in Code

Leaked DNR report says mine poses threats to human health, water. (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/10/2014)

Bill Cosh is a Department of Natural Resources spokesman.

The Fraud of "Sound Science".  (AlterNet, 5/12/2004)

Speaking in code.  The Bush administration has invoked "sound science" on issues ranging from climate change to arsenic in drinking water, virtually always in defense of a looser government regulatory standard than might otherwise have been adopted. In this sense, "sound science" seems to mean requiring a high burden of proof before taking government action to protect public health and the environment.

Sounds to me a lot like a certain strategy in Wisconsin's mining debate.

The Center for Media and Democracy SourceWatch.  Sound Science.

The phrase has even been incorporated into the title of a bill in the U. S. House of Representatives.

Don't worry.  The bill  has a 14% chance of being voted out of committee and 2% chance of being enacted.

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