In a document entitled “An Open Letter to the American People,” 68 Nobel Prize winners in different scientific fields have come out and openly endorsed the Democratic candidate for another four years in office.
Here’s what the letter says:
America’s economic future, the quality of our health, and the quality of our environment depend on our ability to continue America’s proud legacy of discovery and invention. As winners of the Nobel Prizes in science, we are proud of our contribution to the extraordinary advances American science has made in recent years. But we’re deeply concerned that without leadership and continued commitment to scientific research the next generation of Americans will not make and benefit from future discoveries.
President Obama understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy. He has built strong programs to educate young Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and programs to provide Americans the training they need to keep pace with a technology-driven economy.
That’s not the entirety of it and we’ll get back to the rest in a moment, but I wanted to digress for a second and say that if I were them I would have entirely avoided the word “faith.” Out-of-context, that can, and is, taken to somehow say that science is based in faith. Not so. Anyway, back to the letter:
His opponent supports a budget that, if implemented, would devastate a long tradition of support for public research and investment in science at a time when this country’s future depends, as never before, on innovation. He has also taken positions that privilege ideology over clear scientific evidence on climate change.
What’s up with that, anyway? How can people seriously pretend that there is no evidence for human-influenced planetary warming? By the way, I’d like to mention that disbelief in that phenomenon is one of Mitt’s justifications for his fossil fuel-centered energy plan.
As a nation we must continue the investments that revolutionized agriculture, invented the Internet, gave us modern medicine and enabled a strong national defense. Abandoning this tradition would be a devastating step backwards. If you believe, as we do, that America’s future is bound in essential ways to science and innovation, we urge you to join us in working to ensure the reelection of President Obama.
Emphasis mine. I urge you to read the letter yourself, which you can find here.