America is sorely under-informed when they are voting on issues that are related to the scientific community
For too long now, scientific illiteracy has negatively influenced the political process, which in turn negatively affects the lives of Americans.
We are seeing this most recently with climate change bills struggling in Washington, and have seen it many times in the debates over evolution and creationism in public school science classes. At the heart of these issues, there is empirical evidence that weighs in much heavier on one side. When citizens aren’t aware of the science, their voting against scientifically based bills impedes on the progress of America as a worldwide leader.
Thomas Friedman had an excellent article in the New York Times on Nov. 17. In it, he deftly tore apart the arguments of the “drill-baby-drill” proponents. The central point was this: If you don’t believe in global warming, fine, but opposing the research for alternative energy and only wanting to drill for more oil will only support interests of those who we don’t want it to. (more…)