SACRAMENTO- Assemblymembers Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) today introduced AJR 9 which would affirm the importance of scientific research, the scientific education of all children, and the foundational role of independent, rigorous scientific discovery and inquiry in the policymaking process at all levels and support the April 22, 2017, March for Science.
“Policy that is built on science will always be less about the dogma, less about the politics and more likely to stand the test of time,” said Assemblymember Mark Stone, Co-Chair of the Legislative Environmental Caucus.
“We know that science drives innovation, promotes prosperity and gives us the tools to protect public health and the environment. We also know that our society is founded on reason and rationality,” said NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer, a supporter of the resolution. “In the face of Trump's intentional ignorance of scientific facts, we will continue to promote the truth in order to protect Californians.”
In his most recent Executive Order issued this week, President Trump all but halted our fight against climate change. It directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review Obama's Clean Power Plan, rescind the moratorium on coal mining on US federal lands and curb regulations important to addressing climate change.
AJR 9 also urges the President and Congress of the United States to work together to support, encourage, and heed truths by scientists and scientific research in policymaking to keep the United States the world’s global leader in scientific research and business innovation.
“As a former school teacher I have seen firsthand what a quality education does for our young people and communities. I’ve also seen what happens when students think a subject is not for them or that in real life it doesn’t matter. Math is important. Science is important. Emphasizing its utility to young boys and especially young girls at the earliest ages is imperative to maintaining our standing in the world as innovators,” said Assemblymember Cristina Garcia. “As Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and Natural Resources Committee I urge our President and Congress to work together and support the scientific community in research and policymaking.”
“I first started working on climate change in the 1970s while working for NASA. I calculated one of the first models on the impact climate change would have on our environment. As a scientist turned Assemblymember, I am disappointed and disheartened by the actions being taken on a national level," said Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. “Scientists working in government, non-profits and academia have conducted groundbreaking research in helping us understand how our behaviors impact the environment. I am proud to be a joint-author to this resolution and send the message to Washington that science matters and its intersect with policy is crucial.”
The March on Science is an international movement with marches planned worldwide on April 22nd including in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Sacramento. According to organizers the march’s goals are two-fold: to encourage the use of science in policy decisions, and to encourage scientists to reach out to their communities and discuss the research they do and explain why it matters.
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