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Politicians and Science
Today I spotted several articles about politicians proposing laws that science doesn't support:
"Proposed Wildfire Legislation Ignores Science"
"The Emperor Has No Clothes when it comes to cows and cheatgrass"
"Fuel Breaks don’t work in sagebrush ecosystems"

Currently, law proposals are primarily made by politicians and secondarily by big business.  But what if we changed that?  We have 50 states, after all.  Any one of them could decide to let scientists try drafting laws about topics directly related to science (e.g. climate change, invasive species).  We could also make a habit of trying different proposals in different places, then comparing results to see which works better.  Another option would be electing more scientists to public office.  I imagine this would not appeal to many scientists, but we might find a few.

If we want to find effective solutions for problems, we need to apply facts to the decision-making process, and that's not happening very much.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 10th, 2019 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Politicians can't stand the thought of public lands not being put to some use--namely growing cattle if not being actively farmed.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 10th, 2019 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes ...

Because their idea of use means "make money by exploiting."

I look at a rainforest and see a giant stack of carbon atoms NOT jamming more heat into the atmosphere. Behold the usefulness! Let us by all means protect the continuation of trees doing this very important job.

I look at the Sand Hills and I don't think, "Let's plant some water-loving grains in this very marginal soil." I think, "Let's bring a busload of artists out here for some plein air work. And next month we can bring some writers. Maybe some musicians after that."

Some things are more valuable for what they are than what they could become. But just try explaining that to a bunch of rich white men. >_<

I do wonder if the slowly shifting diversity of Congress will help with that, though.

From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 11th, 2019 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes ...

"I do wonder if the slowly shifting diversity of Congress will help with that, though."
I sure do hope so.
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