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  1. Paul
    Dec 27 - 6:33 pm

    “You will be disappointed if you come to the Hill expecting that scientific arguments win the day,” he said. “Politics is about weighing competing interests, and there may be very legitimate reasons for doing the exact opposite of what ‘science tells you to do.’ It’s very important to understand and respect that part of the job.”

    This is the reason I don’t think I could ever work on the Hill. It frustrates the hell out of me that Congress embarks on major policy initiatives that are silly but popular with donors or certain constituencies. The chief example that comes to mind are the subsidies for corn-based ethanol. Ethanol is so obviously not the answer to the energy crisis, and the corn we produce will be needed as food.

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