Republicans Question President’s Science Policies and Priorities

Republicans raised many concerns with the Administration’s initiatives and priorities, including issues related to scientific integrity, transparency and data access; concerns over policies to restrict oil and gas exploration and production, and reject the Keystone pipeline; concerns over EPA regulations on coal plants, refineries, automobiles, and numerous other industries that ultimately will raise energy prices for all Americans; concerns over the Administration’s research direction for nuclear reactors at the Department of Energy (DOE); and concerns over the President’s proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES) that would mandate Americans buy electricity from more expensive and less reliable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

Winepress of The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck's novel was decried as "too liberal". School boards in the states of New York, Illinois, California, and elsewhere banned Grapes of Wrath. Politically sensitive Oklahoma Congressman Lyle Boren reviled the story as "a lie, a black infernal creation of a twisted, distorted mind". But, this story was no lie and John Steinbeck the author placed his own life at risk to bring relief to a desperate people.