The visitor center at Dinosaur National Monument has been closed as unsafe. Granted, that building has had a history of problems, but I can't help but wonder if this isn't just another example of the Bush administration's failure when it comes to funding basic science. I wonder what is next...Turn that facility over to Dr. Dino? Oh well, at least we can still visit the Monument on the web.
Oh Bush claims to want more science funding, but when you look closely it is only for targeted physical sciences and projects. For example in the area of energy ideologically unpopular programs such as conservation technologies take a hit. Ideologically unpopular facilities such as the Smithsonian languish or are forced to turn to corporate sponsorship and all the ethical problems that entails. Bush wants science funding on his ideological terms and is more than willing to cover up any sort of inconvenient truths that happen to crop up.