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Yesterday 80 scientists signed onto an open letter endorsing Joe Biden for president. According to the Biden campaign’s press release, the letter includes some of the most prominent scientists and public health experts in the country, including:
Five Nobel Laureates or National Medal of Science winners;
Several MacArthur Genius Grant Award Winners;
More than 20 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine;
Six current or former deans of leading science or public health schools;
Former government science advisors, including a former Senior Advisor the President for Science and Technology, and a former Director of the National Institutes of Health;
A former president of the National Academy of Sciences; and
Five former U.S. State Department Science Envoys.
The group highlighted Biden’s longstanding commitment to funding scientific research, acknowledgment of climate change, and willingness to listen to scientists in crafting public policy as reasons for the endorsement.
Why This Matters: This helps buck criticism that Joe Biden isn’t willing to go far enough on climate action. If the very people who understand the climate crisis best are willing to lend their names to Biden’s list of supporters, it makes it more difficult for progressive activists to make the claim that Biden is only marginally better than Trump on the issue. This could also be an indication of how Biden would prioritize scientists serving in his cabinet and agencies.
This week we sat down with Tom Steyer who is currently serving as the co-chair of California’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. We asked him about how California is handling the COVID-19 recovery and how the state can continue to be a climate leader despite the hit to its budget. Some excerpts: […]
President Trump decided this week to take on Twitter. It’s just another distraction. He wants to us to forget all the lives the pandemic cost, all the pollution his policies have caused, and all the ways he has undermined the public’s faith in government. Tweet on. The truth matters. Even on Twitter.
In a well-researched and thorough story, Vox reporter David Roberts explains why Democrats should finally be hopeful that the numerous factions and “green groups” that make up the Democratic coalition are coming into alignment on climate change policy and that this growing sense of unity bodes well not only for the election but also for governing in the event that Democrats retake the White House.
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