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Rallying OTA Supporters--Sign the Petition!

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyApr 6, 2009 5:22 PM

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Since blogging about the quest to revive the Office of Technology Assessment--spurred on by Science Cheerleader--I'm psyched to say that others are taking up the call, including Nick Anthis, Bora, and Chad Orzel. I don't know if this is a critical mass or not--probably not--but it's a start. Seriously, folks, we can't let the majority Democrats off the hook on this. There is no excuse not to bring the office back, and pronto. In fact, that's part of the problem: It's such a no-brainer that it's hard to even get too fired up about it, and it's so little money that it's not a huge agenda item. But that's precisely why we have to sustain the noise. And there's a long way to go--the OTA petition, which I just signed, only has some 150 signatures! That's nothing. We ought to have thousands. So please send it around to anyone you can think of. Just because bring OTA back makes so much sense doesn't mean it's going to just happen on its own. Perhaps we need a blog coalition--it worked for Science Debate 2008. Darlene?

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