In the March 13, 2006 issue of The New Yorker, Michael Specter has an interesting article entitled "The White House vs. the laboratory". Mr. Specter describes the Bush Administration's ignoring of scientific findings, and lack of interest in using science as a means of addressing society's problems. This administration seems more influenced by religious belief than scientific discovery. This article is important in contributing to an understanding of how politics and science relate.
Specter does a little Q & A on line about his article.
The Administration simply doesn’t seem to rely on the advice of scientists on a wide range of issues: climate change, pollution, and biomedical research, for example. Previous Administrations have taken science as an area that is above the political fray—this one does not seem to operate that way.