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Standing up for facts in the age of Trump.


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One of Donald Trump’s more disturbing attributes is his frosty relationship with facts. This has especially rankled a particular group that holds factual integrity in the highest regard: scientists. In response, white lab coats have become a more common sight at rowdy public demonstrations. In December, “Out of the labs and into the streets!” was the rallying cry outside the Moscone Center, where approximately 500 scientists—some of whom are pictured here—gathered to protest Trump’s recent statements and actions. “With Trump in the driver’s seat, science and civilization are headed toward a precipice,” says John Harte, a professor of ecosystem sciences at UC Berkeley. From picking a foe of the environment, Scott Pruitt, to head the EPA to simply admitting that he’s “not a big believer in man-made climate change,” Trump has lit a fire under the scientific community, says Harte: “Now, more than ever, it is time to raise our voices and block the damage that is in the works. Scientists have to speak truth to power.” 

Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco

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