This is an incredibly minor political flub, but it makes me cringe. During a routine interview with the Washington Examiner in December, Mitt Romney delivered the following line:
I do believe in basic science. I believe in participating in space. I believe in analysis of new sources of energy. I believe in laboratories, looking at ways to conduct electricity with — with cold fusion, if we can come up with it. It was the University of Utah that solved that. We somehow can’t figure out how to duplicate it.
I think this is just a stumbling misstatement derived from the fact that Romney never paid any attention to the supposed discovery and the following scandal. But if he’s serious about being a booster for science, then he needs to become aware of how scientific investigation can go awry.