Obama is undoing the anti-intellectual crap spewed all over science by the Bush administration.
All I can say is: "Thank God!"
Irony is intended.
My problem with the whole selling out to the Religious Right boils down to this:
Insecure faith is the cause of the anti-intellectualism and fear of knowledge that governed such policies.
There, I said it.
Those intolerant of conflict with their world view are the last people to consult when making science policy. Bush screwed the pooch big time with that policy and it's time for the Galileo's of the world to be set free from the yoke of faith.
Despite what the faithful might think, the world isn't constrained to one particular worldview.
The rest of us adults realize this and accept that forcing others into our own circumscribed reality might just be the worst "tyranny over the minds of men" that Thomas Jefferson was referring to when he said it two centuries ago.
Reason has returned and the idiots are being shown the door. Our forefathers saw the dangers of mixing religion and politics, but for the past eight years we've had to endure the result they warned against.
High time for secular society to return to American politics and government.