"Funding for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which coordinates and integrates research over 13 executive branch departments and agencies, would increase 21 percent to $2.6 billion."AAAS is an advocacy organization that “fulfills its mission to ‘advance science and serve society’ through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; … ." Its goals include the following:
- Strengthening support for the science and technology enterprise;
- Providing a voice for science on societal issues;
- Promoting the responsible use of science in public policy;
- Strengthening and diversifying the science and technology workforce.
Indeed, the Association’s flagship publication, the journal Science, has been in the forefront of promoting global warming hysteria and denigrating climate change "skeptics" and "deniers."
Climate Quotes wonders,
"When 2011 is over will we look back at the published research and be satisfied with how our billions have been spent?"To this one might add that the costs are not just dollars wasted on dubious research, but the economic distortion that will result (has resulted) from promoting the AGW / Green agenda. Indeed, if this year's winter is a harbinger of things to come, the suffering that results will be in direct proportion to the extent to which such policies are implemented.
For review of how the focus of American science shifted from inquiry to aggrandizement and self-promotion, see Lindzen, "Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?
For this site's view on how federal funding and pervasive political correctness corrupt science, go here.