Why 2,300 Scientists Sent a Letter to the Trump Transition Team
Scientists should be able to carry out their work and present findings without fear of misrepresentation, censorship, or abuse. They express in no uncertain terms and sans-niceties that the scientific community is watching, ready to hold accountable those who might undermine their research for political gain.
Will Trump and his team take a break — from compromising the survival of the EPA, imperiling the US role in the UN climate change agreement, threatening the existence of NASA’s Earth Science division, from deeming the National Institute of Health “terrible,” or hell, humanity’s continued survival on this climate-changing Earth in general — to read over this letter from a bunch of anxious scientists? Maybe not. But that’s not really the point of the letter, Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS says. It’s meant to be less a letter of persuasion, more a moment of clarity.