The progress in scientific areas such as stem cell research will be greatly slowed for at least the next four years thanks to our recent election results. But progress will by no means stop. California moved to take the lead on stem cell research from the moment W first opted to limit its funding. And on the same day that W was re-elected, Californians overwhelmingly voted to throw billions into funding stem cell research at the state level.
And that may be an important precedent. When it comes to issues such as global warming, we can expect little assistance from this administration or Congress. If we are hoping to get anywhere when it comes to things touching science such as stem cell research or addressing what Frank Luntz renamed climate change (which is like calling a steam room partly cloudy), efforts will have to be shifted to the state level.