FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 18, 2017
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action Endorses Geophysicist Grant Kier for Congress in Montana
Kier is a Geophysicist Who Spent His Career Improving Access to Public and Private Lands; Running Against Greg Gianforte Who Believes Planet Is 6,000 Years Old
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Grant Kier who is running for Congress in Montana. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
Grant is running against Greg Gianforte, who notoriously body slammed a reporter during the special election to replace Ryan Zinke, and who believes the planet is only 6,000 years old.
Grant Kier released the following statement:
“I’m proud to be supported by an organization dedicated to bringing back common sense, evidence-based decision making back to Congress. Having the support of scientists all across the country will be critical to take on the most anti-science Congressman in Washington.”
Founder and Board President of 314 Action Shaughnessy Naughton released the following statement:
“314 Action is thrilled to endorse Grant for Congress, and our network of nearly 400,000 pro-science advocates will be behind his campaign through Election Day. Grant's training as a geophysicist led him to spend his career protecting what Montanans value -- clean air and water, improved access to Montana's beautiful public lands, and the preservation of the state's agricultural industry.
Given the current Administration's dangerous actions to deregulate industries that directly harm the environment and to support a tax bill that will cripple our country's renewable energy industry, Grant's track record and experience are desperately needed in Washington. We're supporting Grant because we know he will be a an ardent proponent of evidence-based policy in Congress while championing the pro-environmental values of his constituents. ”
Grant Kier has worked in Montana conservation for the past 12 years, with a background and training in the physical sciences. After graduate school Grant worked alongside roughnecks and mud loggers as a well-site geologist on natural gas wells. He believed then that he would be part of a national, if not global, transition toward cleaner forms of energy and more sustainable jobs. Later he worked in engineering geophysics internationally, helping businesses and governments maintain their critical infrastructure for safety and cost effectiveness by assessing the integrity of roads, bridges, and tunnels. Kier is running against Greg Gianforte who body slammed a reporter and is a leading proponent of creationism, specifically the origins of dinosaurs “in the context of biblical history.” Grant’s background and strong candidacy make him the only candidate that can put this seat in play
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