Last Night Proved We Need More Scientists In Public Office

Jan 31, 2018

By Shaughnessy Naughton

Watching the State of the Union last night made me think of my favorite State of the Union moment. In 2015, President Obama took the stage and  roasted climate deniers in Congress, stating “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists. Well I’m not a scientist either but you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA and NOAA and at our major universities and the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate.”

What a stark difference a few years make.

Last night was a resounding reaffirmation that we no longer have a leader who listens to the voices of scientists. American scientists and their work have been undermined since day one by the Trump Administration, with the enthusiastic support of a Congress led by GOP representatives as hostile to evidence-based policy making as the President. Of course these attacks didn’t begin with the Trump Administration, but the scope of damage done in just one year makes it clear to me that we need more scientists in Congress, and why the work electing scientists to public office that we’re doing at 314 Action is more important than ever.

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One comment on “Last Night Proved We Need More Scientists In Public Office”

  • I gave Joseph Kopser a $104.12 (ActBlue gouges candidates 3.95%) contribution. He is running against Lamar Smith, perhaps the most anti-science person in Congress. Giving political contributions may seem like a waste when oil corporations and the Koch Brothers are giving billions of dollars to defeat science-based politics, but if all progressives gave a little bit, it would amount to some REAL money. It’s important for the progressive candidates to have cash in the bank early so they can hit the ground running, getting their organization in place and running political ads. Most of us have done nicely in the stock market, thanks to the drunken frat boys of Wall Street who were anticipating the tax cut windfall promised and passed by the “RePutin Party.” We progressives should spend some of those ill-gotten gains to elect pro-science candidates.

    Last, given the usual drop-off in voter turnout at midterm elections, every vote cast will be even more important. If everyone who voted for someone besides our Groper-in-Chief in 2016 would vote again in 2018 against those supporting his agenda, we would flip the House of Representatives easily. VOTE OR DIE.

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