Sunday, April 23, 2017
Bill Nye the Science Guy on Trump: 'We are in a dangerous place'
Bill Nye, the face of science in US popular culture, has attacked Donald Trump’s “dangerous” dismissal of climate change and planned cuts to research ahead of the first March for Science in Washington DC.
Nye, an engineer and educator known as “the science guy” through his TV appearances, said scientists should unapologetically throw themselves into the political fray as Trump’s administration seeks to dismantle large areas of scientific endeavor, from cancer research to climate analysis.
“We are in a dangerous place right now,” Nye told the Guardian. “Science has always been political but we don’t want science to be partisan. Objective truths have become set aside and diminished and lawmakers are acting like a strong belief in something is as valid as careful peer review.”
Nye is an honorary co-chair of the March for Science, which will see thousands of scientists and their supporters gather in Washington DC on Saturday. More than 600 companion marches will also occur around the world.