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Scientific, Journalistic Communities Must Partner To Promote Science’s ‘Self-Evident Truths’ Under Trump Administration

Scientific American: Dan Rather: Now, More Than Ever, We Must Stand Up for Science
Dan Rather, journalist, former CBS News anchor and managing editor and correspondent for 60 Minutes

“…Make no mistake; science was on the ballot this fall. And almost nobody took notice. But they should now because the Trump administration is outlining an aggressive policy portfolio that not only puts our global response to climate change in deep jeopardy but that also threatens to radically change the fundamental direction of science in the United States. … The top priority must be for scientists to try to engage the incoming administration. While the early indications of how a President Trump may approach issues of science are concerning, we cannot afford not to try. … What we need is sustained and improved partnerships between the press and the scientific community. We need more cross-pollination and engagement. … An enterprise this core to our national future must enlist all who can help from the world of journalism and science. The public and the policymakers need to hear this message. Science creates self-evident truths that everyone can own. I believe the world is ready to listen if we can only find a better way to speak” (11/14).

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