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"Our culture of pseudo-science and pseudo-democracy is all too willing to engage in ad hominen attacks, politically correct ridicule, cloture of debate, and lack of tolerance toward anyone who questions the current accepted scientific truth." - Edward L. Kelly

"We have dumbed down our educational standards in math and science so far that public policy is at risk. A population that believes in telepathy, fat-burning diet pills and a 10,000-year-old planet Earth is unable to evaluate anything objectively. "- Paul S. Dwan

"Corn crops require nitrogen-based fertilizers, virtually all of which are derived from synthetic ammonia. Synthetic ammonia is produced by the reaction of nitrogen gas and hydrogen. Nitrogen gas, which makes up about 80% of air, is abundant and renewable, but hydrogen presents a problem. The current major source of hydrogen is from natural gas, a nonrenewable fuel. I have seen many statements about the energy yield of corn-derived ethanol outweighing its costs, but it is unclear whether these estimates include the cost of natural gas needed to produce fertilizers. If the energy cost of fertilizers, harvesting, distillation and transportation match or exceed the energy produced by burning the ethanol, then claims that corn-produced ethanol is a renewable energy source are invalid." - Henry Abrash, professor emeritus of chemistry at Cal state Northridge

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"Something that is overlooked these days is that the influx of large amounts of money, bureaucratic power and influence and prestige that has flowed into science over the last 75 years has turned large parts of it into a careerist profession rather than the vocation it supposedly is or was. This is important because there are a number of scientific beliefs which are maintained in the face of contrary evidence which is politically repressed and editorially swept under the carpet because those who have built their careers on those reigning beliefs are loathe to have them removed from under their hard won elevated positions and from the textbooks they have written." - Anthony Liversidge


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THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS SENT TO CNN BY FED EX (FOR DELIVERY, 12/22/08), BY FAX AND BY EMAIL December 19, 2008
Jim Walton, President  
CNN Worldwide
One CNN Center, 6 South Tower Atlanta, GA 30303

Jon Klein, President
CNN/US
One Time Warner Center New York, NY 10019

Dear Mr. Walton and Mr. Klein,

We are writing on behalf of several national and international science journalism organizations to express our strong concern about CNN's shortsighted decision to cut its science, technology and environment unit in one fell swoop.  In wielding this ax, your network has lost an experienced and highly regarded group of science journalists at a time when science coverage could not be more important in our national and international discourse.

The environment, energy technology, space exploration, and biotechnology are crucial ongoing stories that will have growing prominence as a new American president takes office and nations confront a wide range of science-based global issues.  As the impacts of climate change intensify, shows like "Planet in Peril" cannot make up for informed daily coverage of this important issue and other science topics in the public eye. As with political and policy reporting, it is important that the underlying science be covered by journalists with the skills and knowledge to sort out competing claims.

Concerned as we are about the dismissal of our colleagues—including the award-winning science reporter Miles O'Brien in New York; Peter Dykstra, head of CNN's science unit in Atlanta; and five other science producers there—this letter is not about individual journalists. Rather, the wholesale dismantling of the science unit calls into question CNN's commitment to bringing the most informative science news to the general public, including the science-minded younger audience. If CNN wants to be truly international, it will be at odds with the trend toward increased science coverage in many parts of the world.

It is difficult for us to imagine why CNN, which has earned a justifiably strong reputation for its science journalism in the past, has opted to widen the gap in science coverage rather than strive to fill it. We would hope that you would reconsider your decision and reassemble a cadre of well-trained science journalists that would enable you to expand unfolding science news and in-depth coverage, not shrink it. Your action is an unfortunate symbol of recent widespread cutbacks in specialty science journalism. Our groups will continue to push for more science coverage by the major media and to do our part to promote the highest possible professional standards for communicating complex science-based issues across the spectrum. We plan to publicize this letter as widely as possible to encourage further discussion of the future of science journalism.

Thanks for your attention.

Sincerely, Cristine Russell, President, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW)      russellcris@nasw.org

Mariette DiChristina, President, National Association of the Science Writers (NASW)     mdichristina@sciam.com

Christy George, President, Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)     CGeorge@opb.org

Pallab Ghosh, President, World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ)     pallab.ghosh@bbc.co.uk



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"I am increasingly dismayed by the devaluation of scientific fact by its inclusion, by superstitious commentators, in opinions about purely superstitious subjects. Zev Chafets* derides "secular liberals" for "profoundly" believing in global warming. Then Zev Chafets* writes about Armageddon as though the latter is more likely to occur. There is no such thing as "liberal" science . Peer-reviewed scientific method has no political party, race or relgious creed and no objective but truth. There is no disagreement among peer-reviewed scientific journals about the fact of global warming and its cause being human activity." - Sue Simmons


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