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March too much (for science)

7 March 2017

12:56 PM

7 March 2017

12:56 PM

Just days after more than 300 US scientists petitioned President Trump to withdraw from the U.N.’s climate change agency (February 23, 2017), news that a March for Science is planned for Earth Day – April 22, in Washington DC.

The website states that the march…

Demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists.

The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

Ignore the irony for a moment, of partisan alarmists claiming to support evidence-based policies (what, like renewable energy policies?); the real driver of the march is the fear and loathing and sobbing generated by the threat of shrinking funds for work seeking to blame man and woman made carbon dioxide emissions for global warming.

As one intending marcher Caroline Weinberg, says: “It is not possible to ignore policy when it affects not just your jobs but the future of your field.” What happened to saving the planet?

Another; Dr Jacquelyn Gill: “A lot of scientists are realising that the institutions that fund and support our science in this country … are under direct attack.” (Let’s hope so; spend wisely, Donald.) Trump, she said, “not only doesn’t value our institutions, he doesn’t seem to value evidence-based decision making at all. That is alarming to us.” (Stop laughing; she is serious.)

As noted climate scientist Dr Judith Curry writes, “To me, Trump’s team looks like it has a healthier attitude to science than did Obama’s team, who sought to scientize policy debates and politicise science debates…” Dr Curry writes that she is “still at a loss to understand what they expect to accomplish.”

In a crushing comment, Dr Curry adds: “Of course, the poster child for partisan  ‘mischaracterization of facts’ is statements by members of the Trump administration regarding uncertainty surrounding the causes of climate change.  President Obama and his Call Out the Climate Deniers Campaign apparently elicited no concerns about partisan mischaracterization of facts from the science establishment.”

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