As per the inaugural address:
But the nod to open science will be most welcome, given the political and ideological interference of his predecessor, who obstructed stem cell research and only grudgingly accepted that humans are driving climate change.
“We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost,” said Obama.
In his next sentence, he committed Americans to break their love affair with oil. “We will harness the Sun and the winds and soil to fuel our cars and run our factories,” he said.
So does that mean, then that the rightful place of science is over and above ethics? Is that (the ethics [or lack thereof] relating to the use of embryonic stem cells, etc.) one of the “petty grievances” that are mentioned earlier on in the speech? I have no problem with wishing to get away from a dependence on oil (although, not because of some worry about carbon emissions), but when science trumps ethics the idea of “freedom” can quickly lose all meaning.
Some other quotes:
“We come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations, and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”
“The world has changed, and we must change with it.”
“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.”
And a few links: