Skip to comments.Unionized Scientists March in Protest of Attacks on Science and Jobs
Posted on 04/19/2017 2:51:05 PM PDT by mdittmar
Of all the attacks on our civil society, the attacks on evidence-based science pose perhaps the greatest existential threat. Decisions being made about climate science and environmental protection at this critical time will shape the future of our planet.
Advances in research are produced by the twin pillars of dedicated scientists and an activated citizenry who demand that the best science be applied to todays most pressing problems. Because scientists produce the facts that expose the lies currently being purveyed, the tip of the spear is pointed at the heart of science-based policy and research.
But the imminent threat also presents an extraordinary opportunity for the scientific community to unify around a message of resistance, one in which organized labor has a critical role to play. Unionized scientists are well-positioned to fight back against the false narratives being pushed by the administration and to advocate collectively for continued funding of crucial basic research. Science professionals need a workplace free from fear of corporate power and political malfeasance influencing their results. We are the protectors of truth and facts, and in that way we all are in service to the public. With scientific integrity, we speak truth to power.
Budget cuts are the beginning of the attack. For example, the Donald Trump administration is proposing a 31% cut in funding and 21% cut in workforce at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on top of less-heralded budget cuts over the past three years. Such low funding levels have not been seen since the 1970s, prior to the enactment of most of our national environmental laws. Enforcement is also targeted, crippling the EPAs ability to protect human health.
Is this a good way to save money? Investments in environmental protection pay huge dividends for the country. For example, air pollution reductions will avoid 230,000 premature deaths and produce total benefits valued at $2 trillion in 2020, according to a 2011 study. This benefit exceeds costs by more than 30-to-1, to say nothing of the human suffering.
Scientists have long held the view that with enough data and evidence we will be able to convince skeptics that climate change is real, that humans are responsible and that immediate action must be taken. It is increasingly clear that this approach has not worked.
For the nearly 7,000 postdoctoral researchers at the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab represented by UAW Local 5810, having a union ensures strong workplace protections as well as a powerful, nationwide platform for advocacy when research comes under threat. And the collective power of the union is not limited to the workplace.
With a diverse membership that includes both higher education and the manufacturing sector, the UAW has been a leading advocate for climate change policies that both create healthy communities and address economic and racial inequities. And at the EPA, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 20/Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) has rallied in opposition to the cuts and will continue to speak out, including in San Francisco at the March for Science.
Make no mistake. As organized scientists, we are in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters who have lost jobs and real income steadily over the past several decades. We support the creation of jobs in clean energy sectors and in green infrastructure projects.
It is time for scientists and the citizenry who depend on science to embrace our responsibility to advocate for sound policies. Our very lives and livelihood are now dependent on stepping collectively forward into the realm of political advocacy and action.
Together we will March for Science on April 22, in opposition to the damage that the current administration seeks to do to research and in solidarity with scientists, researchers, and concerned citizens who remain resolved, undeterred, and organized in the face of these threats.
Carly Ebben Eaton is a postdoctoral scholar and executive board member of UAW Local 5810. Kathy Setian was a project manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a steward of IFPTE Local 20, Engineers and Scientists of California. She will be a speaker at the April 22 March for Science in San Francisco.
Well,here's an old song I like;)
No real scientist could be a member of a union, which requires you to leave your brain outside the door.
Unions are VERY unscientific....
Is Bill Nye the Cow Farts Guy a union scientist? 'Cause he's not a real scientist.
Physicist Howard Hayden's one-letter disproof of global warming claims [pre-Climategate]
Dear Administrator Jackson:
I write in regard to the Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, Proposed Rule, 74 Fed. Reg. 18,886 (Apr. 24, 2009), the so-called "Endangerment Finding."
It has been often said that the "science is settled" on the issue of CO2 and climate. Let me put this claim to rest with a simple one-letter proof that it is false.
The letter is s, the one that changes model into models. If the science were settled, there would be precisely one model, and it would be in agreement with measurements.
Alternatively, one may ask which one of the twenty-some models settled the science so that all the rest could be discarded along with the research funds that have kept those models alive.
We can take this further. Not a single climate model predicted the current cooling phase. If the science were settled, the model (singular) would have predicted it.
(excerpted from Professor Hayden's letter to Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator Environmental Protection Agency. More at link.)
was the shrimp-treadmill scientist at the march? how about the cricket-mating folks?
“It is time for scientists and citizenry who depend....” on
Enjoy your stupid march
We support the creation of jobs in clean energy sectors and in green infrastructure projects.
It is time for scientists:
To get off the Government Teet and Invent a New Energy Source that is CHeaper, Economical, and Cleaner. How about an engine that runs on atmospheric pressure that would Power the World.
Not only will you create jobs but you will become extraordinarily wealthy.
Unionized “scientists”. That’s funny. I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there.
The same loudmouths whining are busy day and night throwing bureaucratic axes at one another within their cozy government agency to try and make sure they're the one who keeps their job and someone else has to go compete in the marketplace where they'd have to spend time working rather than filling out glowing reports on how culturally sensitive their team or department is.
Oh, now you did it, Bill Nye the speed walker guy is coming for you.
Activists are a pillar of scientific advancement in the same sense that reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will make the planet greener.
Before these guys continue to look for funding to prove what they claim is already settled science (think about that for a minute), shouldn’t they prove the THEORY of Evolution is real? That seems to be settled science as well......
Unionized scientists, turning gin mills into ginned data mills.
When he catches me I will unleash a powerful methane bomb on him!
Save Our Grants!!!
These Rats deny WHEN life begins.
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