May 11, 2017 Newsletter


The March for Science was the dawn of a new movement to protect the role of science as a public good.  Already lawmakers feeling the pressure and starting to change their behavior.  Shortly after the march, Congress passed a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year that protected public funding for science, in sharp contrast to the dramatic cuts proposed by the Trump administration.  And just recently three Republicans unexpectedly joined Democrats to protect the regulation of methane emissions from drilling on public lands.

But there's been bad news too.   This weekend we have heard news that the EPA is moving to replace half of its Scientific Advisory Board, while the Department of Interior is freezing the activities of more than 200 bodies tasked with providing independent expertise.  These boards are a vital mechanism for ensuring that government policies are based on scientific evidence, and we must protect them from this assault.

We hope you are as committed to to this fight as we are, because we need your input, and we need your help.  On May 20, we will have a 10 AM organizing meeting at 345 Randolph Ave, Ste 100, St Paul, MN.  RSVP at Eventbrite to attend.  The goal is to form an initial set of committees to identify and act on specific issues.  If you can't attend, don't worry.  As our organization takes shape, we'll be sending out updates on how to stay involved.  

As a first step, let's tell Minnesota lawmakers to support science.  On June 12, we will send this petition to our state legislators, or representatives and senators in Washington, and to the governor and lieutenant governor.  Sign it yourself, and ask your friends and family sign it

Stay tuned for future updates and opportunities for action,  Help us make history!

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Satish Desai