Educating the Uneducated
Scientist must come together and educate their representatives!
Originally shared by Jason Davison
American politicians have claimed an ignorant stance on science because of their lack of education, there are only 6 scientist and 5 engineers in congress. However, we have 225 lawyers and 201 businessmen leading congress. While I don’t expect every member of congress to read (and understand) the most recent studies in Nature, I do expect them to call their local university faculty for scientific advice.
The current GOP strategy against climate change is pure ignorance:
John Boehner: Listen, I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change.
Rick Scott: I’m not a scientist.
Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist. I’m not qualified to make that decision.
Battle of the Climate Minds
A group of ten scientist in Florida tried to educate Rick Scott with a short course on climate change. They personally sent a letter to the Governor:
In short, Florida is one of the most vulnerable places in the country with respect to climate change, with southeastern Florida of particular concern.
This is not a hypothetical. Thousands of scientists have studied the issue from a variety of angles and disciplines over many decades. Those of us signing this letter have spent hundreds of years combined studying this problem, not from any partisan political perspective, but as scientists — seekers of evidence and explanations. As a result, we feel uniquely qualified to assist you in understanding what’s already happening in the climate system so you may make the most effective decisions about what must be done to protect the state, including reducing emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants.
After receiving the letter, Scott agreed to a 30 minute information session from three environmental professors. Now Scott can’t claim ignorance, the unbiased experts told him the facts. Rick Scott can not disagree with the scientific consensus in future debates or policy because of his unscientific credentials.
The scientific community must come together and educate their representative.