In his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned America about the dangers of a “scientific-technological elite” addicted to government funding abusing their power and betraying the public’s trust. The Climategate Emails and recent NOAA Whistle Blower accusations are proving him correct on an epic scale. It is time for the government to end funding of CO2 centric climate research and outsource the data compilation to Google, IBM, Oracle or some other unbiased impartial data management organization to run an Open Source Temperature Reconstruction Project. If the cost of the resulting public policies is measured in the multiples of world GDP, we have got to get the science and data right.
Here is a video clip of President Eisenhower’s warning.
President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address Text
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in labaratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system-ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
January 17, 1961