Sign Our Letter to the House Science Committee

Scientists across the nation represent one of the United States’ greatest assets and their voices must be heard in developing policy to protect health and safety of Americans as well as the preservation of the environment.

We at 314 Action, as a group of concerned scientists and members of the STEM community, are writing today to ask the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to set partisan motives aside and utilize leading scientific consensus in all policy matters.

Full Text of the Letter:

March 30, 2017

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology,

Scientists across the nation represent one of the United States’ greatest assets and their voices must be heard in developing policy to protect health and safety of Americans as well as the preservation of the environment.

We at 314 Action, as a group of concerned scientists and members of the STEM community, are writing today to ask the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to set partisan motives aside and utilize leading scientific consensus in all policy matters.

We are most concerned with the CSST’s  recent rise in attempts to silence scientists who publicly speak out about climate change.  Between 1959 and 2012, the Science committee issued just 5 subpoenas to scientists. Since 2013, the year Rep. Lamar Smith became chairman, there have been 56 scientists who have received subpoenas for their data and emails, including the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Moreover, CSST recently passed EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, the bill changes the requirements for the EPA’s advisory committee by giving industry leaders greater influence on the committee and, more generally, the bill debilitates the Science Advisory Board's ability to conduct independent scientific reviews.

The committee’s hostility towards the scientific community could have catastrophic economic, environmental, and safety consequences.  According to current projections, sea level rises due to  global warming are estimated to cause $882 billion in loss of property value and displace nearly 20 million Americans by the year 2100.  Climate change also stands as one of the biggest threats to America’s national security as well as international stability. The Climate and Security Advisory Group, a nonpartisan group of 43 U.S.-based senior military, national security, homeland security and intelligence experts, recently urged the Trump administration for comprehensive policy  to addressing the risks of climate change.  Their November 2016 report argues that not only does climate change affect U.S. military readiness and operations, but also increases the likelihood of international conflict and instability.  These are well established forecasts that do not bode well for the health and safety of American’s if we do not actively work to mitigate the risks. The scientific community is prepared to address these crucial  issues and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and must become an unwavering partner in this battle.

The growing tide of anti-science rhetoric and refusal to accept the basic facts of natural phenomenon such as global warming is setting a dangerous precedent that runs counter to the mission of the CSST.  In order to maintain America’s global competitive edge and rich history of innovation on a global scale, scientific research has to rise to the forefront of the CSST’s decision making process. Embracing scientific consensus transcends politics and is an invaluable tool in  national security, environmental protection, and promoting an overall prosperous future for all Americans.

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