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Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
In the past, I have always wanted more money to go to space flight. Today, we have private launch companies who are more than capable of putting objects into orbit, or beyond, at a much lower price.

This same approach should be taken for all other scientific endeavors. The private sector can do it much faster, better and for a much lower price.

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
I have personal friends who have Doctorate Degrees in various scientific areas. They already point me to articles and research on topics we discuss. They also can point me to people who have expertise in different fields, if needed.

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
Honestly, I think the entire process is a mess. When a grant is predicated on the results of a scientific study, that study is automatically suspect. The Government should not have an agenda in the research, except that it be done properly. Currently, we have a system where any scientific study that doesn’t agree with some political agenda, no longer gets funded.

That is not how science is done.

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
There are basic problems with the legislation:
1) We already have laws that cover the basic behaviors listed in the legislation. There are already laws against censorship, fraud and all the other instances specifically mentioned in the legislation.
2) Paragraph 2B states that if the review required in 2A is not done within 30 days, “the submission shall be deemed approved by the covered agency…” That’s not how peer review works. They should need to specifically approve the submission, or it would be deemed as Disapproved. Yes, it takes more work, but that is what is required.
3) Paragraph 2C: Why is the Government deciding who can or can’t hold a leadership position on scientific councils, societies, unions and other professional organizations? That should be left to those very organizations to determine for themselves. Anyone with the proper knowledge should be allowed to contribute to the peer review process and participate and engage with the scientific community. The Government should have no say in this.

There is much more wrong with this legislation, but it all boils down to the Government wanting to control the information coming out of the scientific establishment. How many scientists do you know in Congress? More laws generally equal bad laws. In this case, it’s a really bad idea.

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
First, you have to realize that the climate of the planet has been changing since the beginning. 65 million years ago, the climate changed suddenly and drastically, due to a meteor impact. Climate change is continual. It never stops.

Since the Government has neither the scientific knowledge nor expertise to determine what, if any role Climate Change poses to our world, they should have no role. By funding some studies over others, the Government is effectively picking the narrative that the public is told, instead of letting Scientific Method be the determining factor.

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
I don’t view this as a valid question. What does economic recovery have to do with “Climate Change”? They are two completely separate issues. Besides, the Government can never do anything right, so why would anyone want the Government to be involved at all?

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
None, that’s not their job. The Market will determine all the policies, and do a much better job than any human committee could.

Ken Biles, Libertarian, District 7:
Why would the Federal Government have any role? Are these displaced workers Government employees? Any retraining should be the responsibility of the energy company that is shutting down. That’s what my company did when my job went away after the company was sold.