I may not be thrilled with Obama’s choice for Secretary of Education, but this is absolutely the attitude toward science I want from our national leaders:

Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources–it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient–especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us.

Hopefully, it will go a long way towards reversing the last eight years of wallowing in ignorance.