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House of Representatives Passes Bill Restricting Scientific Research

The American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 was originally meant to reauthorize the law of the same name that was passed in 2007. That law provided funding to support scientific research in the United States. What the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 (H.R. 880) became before it passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday was quite different.

congress of the United statesThe American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 actually cuts spending on science, and dictates what kind of scientific research will be performed using public money. The legislation prohibits certain kinds of research on climate change, and restricts the use of science to inform public policy.

The reason for this change is that Republicans and conservative Democrats don’t like much of what scientific research has to say. Information provided through scientific research is often inconvenient for the big corporations that pay for their campaigns – especially for corporations in the fossil fuels industry. They find it troubling when scientists keep reporting about the way that consumption of fossil fuels harms human health and degrades the ecological integrity of life on Earth as a whole.

So, only one Republican, Walter Jones of North Carolina, voted against the American Research and Competitiveness Act.

37 Democrats caved in to corporate pressure and joined the Republicans to vote for the anti-science bill. They were:

Peter Aguilar, Brad Ashford, Sanford Bishop, Julia Brownley, Cheri Bustos, Michael Capuano, Andre Carson, Katherine Clark, Gerald Connolly, Joe Courtney, Henry Cuellar, John Delaney, Suzan DelBene, Elizabeth Esty, Gwen Graham, Joe Heck, Bill Keating, Joseph Kennedy, Derek Kilmer, Ann Kuster, John Larson, Dave Loebsack, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Lynch, Sean Maloney, Jim McDermott, Patrick Murphy, Richard Neal, Rick Nolan, Scott Peters, Collin Peterson, Raul Ruiz, Dutch Ruppersberger, Kyrsten Sinema, Dina Titus, Paul Tonko, and Timothy Walz.

3 thoughts on “House of Representatives Passes Bill Restricting Scientific Research”

  1. ella says:

    I went back and re-read the tax law H.R. 880, which is in effect a ‘short form’ for tax deductions. It didn’t specifically mention climate change research, but much of what it does cover concerns tangibles of a technological nature. Since much research into atmospheric conditions is not for the creation of technological equipment, that part probably would not be covered in this particular law, which is now permanent by the way. Still, there is probably another section in the IRS tax code that covers the various areas of climate change research. There are too many scientists, in and out of universities and colleges, that are involved in that pursuit to let something like that slide through. I’d think so anyway.

  2. oldfossile says:

    This is a discusting way of our government to poison off the nation. They are no better than

    the Nazi’s of Nazi Germany trying to get rid of our brothers and sisters of a different race

    and religion.

  3. Tom says:

    Yep, so they can spend more money spying on us and killing people all over the world. So much for our “government.” Hate and death trumps reasoning and the truth.

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