Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science

Scientists hold rally in Boston protest threats to science
Neuroscientist Shruti Muralidhar, front left, and microbiologist Abhishek Chari, front right, hold placards and chant during a demonstration by members of the scientific community, environmental advocates, and supporters, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Boston. The scientists at the event said they want President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S.

The scientists, some dressed in white lab coats, called on President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues.

Geoffrey Supran, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies renewable energy solutions to climate change, said scientists are responding to the Trump administration's "anti-science rhetoric."

"We're really trying to send a message today to Mr. Trump that America runs on science, science is the backbone of our prosperity and progress," Supran said.

The "Rally to Stand Up for Science" in Boston's Copley Square was held outside of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, one of the first major gatherings of scientists since Trump was elected in November.

Protesters held signs that read "Science Matters," ''Scientists Pursuing Truth, Saving the World" and "Make America Smart Again."

Some of those who turned out criticized Trump's appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency over the objections of environmental groups.

During six years as the attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt filed 14 lawsuits challenging EPA regulations. He previously expressed skepticism about scientific evidence showing the planet is heating up and that humans are to blame. However, during his Senate confirmation hearing last month, he said he disagreed with Trump's past statements that global warming is a hoax.

  • Scientists hold rally in Boston protest threats to science
    Members of the scientific community, environmental advocates, and supporters demonstrate Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Boston, to call attention to what they say are the increasing threats to science and scientific research under the administration of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Scientists hold rally in Boston protest threats to science
    Johanna Klein, of Brookline, Mass., an internal medical doctor, center, holds a placard and chants during a demonstration by members of the scientific community, environmental advocates and supporters, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Boston. The scientists at the event said they want President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Scientists hold rally in Boston protest threats to science
    Members of the scientific community, environmental advocates, and supporters demonstrate Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Boston, to call attention to what they say are the increasing threats to science and scientific research under the administration of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Feb 19, 2017
Just out of curiosity how do you make America Great Again without making us a leader in science?
I don't think it can be done and you can bet President Trump does not either.
Just get out of his way and you will see great strides in all science.

Feb 20, 2017
The scientists, some dressed in white lab coats, called on President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues.


Well, there you have -cleary some priests were in attendance and therefore this was a blessed protest.

However, this irony is clearly lost on the protesters as well as the authors of this article:

However, during his Senate confirmation hearing last month, he (i.e. Pruitt) said he disagreed with Trump's past statements that global warming is a hoax.


So Trumpy has appointed someone who disagrees with him. Yet Trump is Hitler and anti-science. ??????

Would it be better if he nominated Al gore? The man who thinks we are all dead already?


Feb 20, 2017

Well, there you have -cleary some priests were in attendance and therefore this was a blessed protest.

This statement makes sense on...what planet exactly? How is the dress code relevant to the subject of the protest? Please explain. I'd like to see you try (grabs popcorn).


So Trumpy has appointed someone who disagrees with him.

Since no one has yet fiigured out what Trump stands for - how could it be otherwise? The guy keeps contradicting himself on an hourly basis. he doesn't even know himself what he wants.


Would it be better if he nominated Al gore?

It would be better if he were smart. What good is a smart nominee if the boss is a moron?

Feb 20, 2017
Ahem, handing out of lab coats to give the very false impression of scientific authority. Are you really so gullible as to think otherwise?

...if the boss is a moron?


Yes, you clearly are that gullible. YOu go right on considering him a moron, it will be very entertaining listening to the ever deeper tales you spin to keep your fantasies alive as he accomplishes his goals.

Feb 20, 2017
Ahem, handing out of lab coats

What gave you the impression that they were handed out?

YOu go right on considering him a moron

Well, I have yet to hear him make a well thought out (let alone factually 100% correct) statement. So yeah. I consider him fully on a par with you.

Feb 20, 2017
All these elites' too big and too smart for some deplorable to disagree with. Sounds like the liberal agenda. Give em a participation trophy and send em home.

Feb 20, 2017
It would be better if he were smart. What good is a smart nominee if the boss is a moron?


Says the man who like the rest of us here has archived exactly nothing worth mentioning here.
If with his achievements he is a moron, what does that make us?

Feb 20, 2017
Ahem, handing out of lab coats
What gave you the impression that they were handed out?

So you think they sewed them themselves? :-)
I have seen them literally worn by the sewer cleaners.

Feb 20, 2017
Well, I have yet to hear him make a well thought out (let alone factually 100% correct) statement. So yeah. I consider him fully on a par with you.


That's only because you feel like that about anyone that says anything you don't agree with.
If they agree with you, they are obviously a genus!

Feb 26, 2017
If they agree with you, they are obviously a genus!

@rderkis, of course they are obviously a genus - genus Homo. You have stated that all who agree with @antialias are human. Can we take that to mean those who don't agree are something other than human...?


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