The number of anti-science decisions the federal government has made in recent years is staggering: axing the...
Elbert Leander “Burt” Rutan
- B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, California Polytechnic University (1961-1965).
- Marketing and Personnel Management graduate level courses, Golden Gate College, (1968-1969).
- Academic portion of Aerospace Research Pilots School, Edwards AFB, (1965).
- Doctoral of Science, honoris causa, Daniel Webster College, (May, 1987).
Rodney W. Nichols
- A.B. Degree, applied physics, Harvard University. 
Rodney W. Nichols is an applied physicist. He was past President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences from 1992 to 2001.
He was previously Scholar-in-Residence at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Vice President and Executive Vice President of The Rockefeller University.
James E. McGrath
- Ph.D., Polymer Science University of Akron (1967).
- M.S., Chemistry University of Akron, (1964).
- B.S,. Chemistry St. Bernadine of Siena College, (1956).
Dr. James McGrath is a professor of chemistry at Virginia Technical University and has been the co-director of the Polymer Materials and Interface Lab (PMIL) at Virginia Tech since 1978. 
Edward E. David Jr.
- Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1950).
- M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1947).
- B.S. degree in electrical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (1945).
Edward David is an American electrical engineer.
Damned if we do, damned if we don't - this is the CliffsNotes version of the ongoing Keystone XL pipeline debate. President Barack Obama recently halted TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, which would bring tar sands crude, or dilluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Alberta through the heart of the U.S., to Gulf Coast refineries near Port Arthur, Texas, where the oil would then be exported to the global market.
Most environmental organizations declared victory and suggest the Keystone XL pipeline is dead. Unfortunately, this is far from the case. Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) recently told The Hill he may attempt to rope the pipeline into the next payroll tax extension. Furthermore, a recent Congressional Research Services (CRS) paper said that under a little-used Consitutional clause, the two chambers of Congress, rather than the White House, could have the final say on the pipeline's ultimate destiny. CRS explained,
[I]f Congress chose to assert its authority in the area of border crossing facilities, this would likely be considered within its Constitutionally enumerated authority to regulate foreign commerce.
Because the pipeline crosses the U.S.-Canada border, many thought that the U.S. State Department, and by extension the White House, had the final say in the manner. This may no longer be true.
On the other hand, even if the Keystone XL becomes a “pipe dream,” the grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side.
Steven J. Milloy
- Juris Doctorate, University of Baltimore.
- Master of Laws (Securities regulation), Georgetown University Law Center.
- Master of Health Sciences (Biostatistics), Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
- B.A., Natural Sciences, Johns Hopkins University.
- Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1964).
- S.M., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1961).
- A.B. (mcl), Physics, Harvard University (1960).
- Degree in Applied Science Geology, and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. 
Viv Forbes is the Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, which was created to “defend the role of carbon on earth and in the atmosphere,” and which describes Forbes as a “pasture manager, soil scientist and geologist from Rosevale in Queensland.”