FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 30, 2018
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action Issues Statement on Trump’s State of the Union for Willful Ignorance Around Science
(Washington, D.C.) -- Following tonight’s State of the Union address, Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action, released the following statement:
“Tonight’s State of the Union failed to address what is the single biggest problem with the Trump Administration: an unadulterated, all-out assault on facts. What we heard tonight was a President who has made a conscious and unapologetic effort since the start of his term in office to ignore the voices of scientists and -- in many cases -- silence them.
As he lauded the efforts of his team of climate change deniers like Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry, he conveniently glossed over the fact that they are actively seeking to undermine the mission of the agencies they lead and shun the scientists who worked under them. Similarly absent were any proposed solutions to address the most pressing challenge of our time, climate change, which contributed to the extreme weather events that rocked our country last year.
Tonight was disappointing and, unfortunately, unsurprising. The last year of attacks on science including withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and the continued efforts to silence scientists at the federal level set the stage for this speech, and they are all the more reason for the 314 Action network to continue fighting to elect scientists and STEM professionals who will not abandon science, facts and reason for special interest dollars.”
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 400,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit 314action.org