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Watch This Scientist School Climate Deniers in Run For Congress

Take that, climate-denying politicians!

SCIENCE AF STAFF
22 DEC 2017
 

There might be a silver lining to the widespread denial of science and fact in the US government. As the war on science begins to pick up steam under the Trump administration, more and more scientists are running for office.

 

Volcanologist Jess Phoenix is one of those scientists.

"One of the main reasons I wanted to run for Congress is that I realized that we don't have scientists represented in our government at the highest levels," said Phoenix in her newest Congressional campaign video.

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Phoenix is running for Congress in California's 25th district. And her competition? Representative Steve Knight.

Despite the fact that Steve Knight does not have a science degree, he has been appointed to the House Committee for Science, Space and Technology.

And his lack of expertise shows. According to the League of Conservation voters, Knight has so far scored zero percent on his voting record for the environment.

"I don't know if he's qualified to be on the science committee. It would be okay if he was able to listen to facts, but he isn't," Phoenix told IFLS.

"You don't have to have a PhD, but you need to have a belief and openness to factual information, and he doesn't have that."

In a new video for her campaign, Phoenix describes why she will be a much better fit for the position. The video specifically focuses on her unwavering commitment to solving the most pressing issue of our time: climate change.

 

As a California resident, Phoenix is particularly worried by the affect climate change will have on wildfires in the region.

"You can't control the weather, but what you can control is how you deal with it and how you decide to push on. So we need to get people in office who not only accept the science, but believe in the science and say, look we can solve this by mitigating and adapting," she said.

"We can become the global hub for green tech innovation and that's the future that I see."

Watch her full Congressional campaign video below.