Seven scientists just got elected to Congress. – CNN
Naughton said that when it comes to political influence in Washington, scientists have typically stood in the sidelines. Not so much anymore.
“Traditionally among the scientific community the attitude has been science is above politics and shouldn’t involved in politics,” she said. “Clearly that is not working.”
Since taking office President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement, questioned a UN report warning of the dire consequences of climate change and supported the EPA’s rollback on carbon pollution standards.
Naughton accused President Trump and his administration of waging a “war on facts and truth” and said she’s seen a recent surge in the number of scientists — “political outsiders,” she called them — running for office to speak out on issues such as climate change and healthcare.