Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Which US President Was the Most Science-Friendly?

Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists listed eight US Presidents as being very pro-science in their support.  Then, the folks at Real Clear Science went ahead and ranked them in an interesting post available here.  Number 8 was Jimmy Carter, and here's what they had to say about him:
Jimmy Carter's presidency is widely viewed as ineffectual, but he did make some solid strides for science, technology, and the environment over his four years in office. He created the Department of Energy and pushed for research into alternative energies. He also authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to "study and identify toxic waste sites for cleanup."
Can you guess number 1?  An observation: I was surprised that 6 of the 8 were Republican presidents, a surprisingly high number considering RCP's slightly liberal bias.