Last Night Proved We Need More Scientists In Public Office

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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