6 February 2019
Last night, under the cloud of a delay resulting from the longest shutdown in the history of the United States federal government, President Donald Trump delivered the second state of the union address of his presidency. As in 2018, he again failed to acknowledge the role scientific research plays in advancing our society and economy.
Earlier this morning, I issued my own response to the President’s State of the Union, highlighting a few ways our elected leaders can lean on science to make the state of our union stronger. I encourage you to watch the video and to share it with your social media networks.
My voice can’t be the only one speaking out about threats science faces. It is critically important that you make your voice heard as well.
I urge you to contact your member of Congress today to tell them why it is so very important that they stand up for science.
Tell them that science is essential to public health and well-being, our resilience to natural disasters, our ability to develop 21st century infrastructure, and our ability to better predict and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Government shutdowns imperil the integrity of the scientific enterprise. Tell them that the uncertainty caused by underfunding and shutdowns is threatening science’s ability to benefit the public and to attract the best and brightest into science. Tell them that science takes no sides, has no borders, and claims no party.
Tell them that the state of our union would be stronger if we renewed our commitment as a nation to a stable, consistent, and growing investment in science.