As Covid Culture Wars Flare, a Call to Speak ‘Science to Power’

“A growing number of National Academy of Science members sign a statement decrying the Trump administration’s ‘denigration of scientific expertise.'”

“More than a thousand of the nation's top scientists say it's time to speak “science to power,” as Covid-19 deaths top 141,000 nationally and cases continue to rise in 43 states. The scientists are calling on policymakers to restore evidence-based decision-making—especially when it comes to managing life-and-death challenges like the global pandemic and climate change.

More than 1,240 National Academy of Science members have now registered their personal concern about the Trump administration's denigration of science.

The effort began when 375 academy members signed an open letter in 2016 warning that then-candidate Trump's threatened withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement would harm American credibility and leadership. Hundreds more added their signatures to a statement posted online in 2018, after President Trump set the withdrawal in motion.”

Judy Fahys reports for InsideClimate News July 20, 2020.