布什收拾残局

        卡特林娜飓风之后最为令人惊讶的言论当属美国总统乔治·沃克·布什所言:“我想没有人预想到会决堤”。这些堤坝保护新奥尔良免受洪涝之灾。新奥尔良市的大部分位于海平面以下,必须由堤坝将大水御于城门之外。众多科学家、工程师以及紧急情况准备专家们早就担心堤坝会在强飓风中决堤。但是,布什显然并不知道这些担忧,在飓风摧毁堤坝、淹没城市之后几天后依然不知道。

        一个简单的事实有目共睹,这一事实超越这场特定的飓风本身,甚至超越这一特定的总统。美国政治中,科学知识和政治决策严重脱节。布什应为此承担大部责任。在有关科学的问题上,布什是最为无知、最能把科学问题转变为政治化的美国总统之一。

        近来数月内,布什损害进化论的生物理论,倡导基督教原教旨主义教条。当气候科学和公共健康科学与其核心支持者的信念和利益冲突之时,他嘲讽前者。一言以蔽之,布什的科学政策记录惨不忍睹。

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