Seventy Nobel Laureates have signed a letter endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. In the letter, they argued that Clinton was the only candidate who would “preserve our freedoms, protect our constitutional government, safeguard our national security, and ensure that all members of our nation will be able to work together for a better future.”
The New York Times has noted that Nobel laureates tend to support Democratic nominees. In 2008 and 2012, a large group of them endorsed Barrack Obama over either of his Republican rivals. The signatories of this letter stressed that this year’s election was particularly important saying it would have “profound consequences for the future of our country and the world.”
The letter did not mention alleged unregistered sex offender Donald Trump by name, but it did stress that support for science was of the utmost importance for dealing with the problems facing our country. Trump has, of course, frequently denied the scientific evidence of global warming and his running mate, Mike Pence, does not even accept the theory of evolution, which serves as the basis of modern biology.
‘Some of the most pressing problems that the new President will face — the devastating effects of debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, the need for alternative sources of energy, and climate change and its consequences — require vigorous support for science and technology and the assurance that scientific knowledge will inform public policy.
Strong advocacy for science agencies, initiatives to promote innovation and sensible immigration and education policies are crucial to the continued preeminence of the U.S. scientific work force. We need a president who will support and advance policies that will enable science and technology to flourish in our country and to provide the basis of important policy decisions’
Like many of us, the signatories of this letter likely have issues with some of Clinton’s policies, but the stakes are simply too high to risk the election of the alleged unregistered sex offender. Clinton is far from perfect, but Trump is far from both sanity and competence.
You can read the full letter below:
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) October 18, 2016
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