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DASHA BURNS TRAVELED TO D.C. TO FIND OUT WHY WE MIGHT SEE MORE FIND OUT WHY WE MIGHT SEE MORE SCIENTISTS ON CAPITOL HILL. SCIENTISTS ON CAPITOL HILL.>>THIS IS A WAY TO STABILIZE>>THIS IS A WAY TO STABILIZE THE SHORELINE AND PROTECT OUR THE SHORELINE AND PROTECT OUR MARSH. MARSH.>>JOE IS A FORMER OCEAN>>JOE IS A FORMER OCEAN ENGINEER FROM CHARLESTON, SOUTH ENGINEER FROM CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. CAROLINA. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IT’S ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES I VISITED BUT IRONICALLY PLACES I VISITED BUT IRONICALLY IT’S BEEN CALLED GROUND ZERO FOR IT’S BEEN CALLED GROUND ZERO FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. CLIMATE CHANGE.>>WE HAVE STUDIES THAT SHOW>>WE HAVE STUDIES THAT SHOW THAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS THAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS CHANGING. CHANGING. I REALIZED I WANT TO GET OFF THE I REALIZED I WANT TO GET OFF THE SIDELINE AND FIGHT TO PROTECT SIDELINE AND FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY. OUR COMMUNITY.>>JOE RAN FOR CONGRESS DURING>>JOE RAN FOR CONGRESS DURING THE 2018 MIDTERMS. THE 2018 MIDTERMS. HE WAS A FIRST TIME CANDIDATE HE WAS A FIRST TIME CANDIDATE WHO FLIPPED HIS DISTRICT FROM WHO FLIPPED HIS DISTRICT FROM RED TO BLUE. RED TO BLUE. HE’S TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE HE’S TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE EVER SINCE. SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE EVER SINCE.>>HOW MUCH LOUDER DO YOU THINK>>HOW MUCH LOUDER DO YOU THINK SEISMIC AIR GUN BLASTING SOUNDS SEISMIC AIR GUN BLASTING SOUNDS THAN THIS AIR HORN YOU JUST THAN THIS AIR HORN YOU JUST HEARD? HEARD?>>I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW.>>I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW.>>WHAT IF I TELL YOU IT’S>>WHAT IF I TELL YOU IT’S 16,000 TIMES LOUDER? 16,000 TIMES LOUDER?>>TRADITIONALLY, MOST LAWMAKERS>>TRADITIONALLY, MOST LAWMAKERS COME FROM THE BUSINESS OR LEGAL COME FROM THE BUSINESS OR LEGAL WORLD BEFORE GETTING ELECTED. WORLD BEFORE GETTING ELECTED. BUT RECENTLY WE’VE SEEN MORE BUT RECENTLY WE’VE SEEN MORE REPRESENTATION FROM FIELDS LIKE REPRESENTATION FROM FIELDS LIKE SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATH AND SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATH AND MEDICINE. MEDICINE. JUST LAST YEAR, ROUGHLY 400 JUST LAST YEAR, ROUGHLY 400 S.T.E.M. MINDED CANDIDATES RAN S.T.E.M. MINDED CANDIDATES RAN FOR STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICE AND FOR STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICE AND AT LEAST 12 NEW FACES SCORED A AT LEAST 12 NEW FACES SCORED A SEAT IN THE HOUSE, INCLUDING SEAT IN THE HOUSE, INCLUDING JOE. JOE. WHY ARE SO MANY S.T.E.M. WHY ARE SO MANY S.T.E.M. PROFESSIONALS SUDDENLY IMMERSED PROFESSIONALS SUDDENLY IMMERSED IN POLITICS AND ARE THEY HERE TO IN POLITICS AND ARE THEY HERE TO STAY? STAY?>>I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD RUN>>I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD RUN FOR OFFICE, BUT CIRCUMSTANCES FOR OFFICE, BUT CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGED IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THE CHANGED IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THE 2016 ELECTION. 2016 ELECTION.>>MEET CONGRESSWOMAN KIM SHYER.>>MEET CONGRESSWOMAN KIM SHYER. SHE’S A PEDIATRICIAN FROM SHE’S A PEDIATRICIAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE. WASHINGTON STATE. WHY DO WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE WHY DO WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN THE HOUSE? YOU IN THE HOUSE?>>I BRING A COMPLETELY UNIQUE>>I BRING A COMPLETELY UNIQUE VOICE TO THIS CONVERSATION AS A VOICE TO THIS CONVERSATION AS A PATIENT AND A DOCTOR. PATIENT AND A DOCTOR.>>THE NATURE OF THE AFFORDABLE>>THE NATURE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAD BEEN CHANG CARE ACT HAD BEEN CHANG CHALLENGED. CHALLENGED. AS A LOAN DR. AND WOMAN IN AS A LOAN DR. AND WOMAN IN CONGRESS I LOOK FORWARD TO CONGRESS I LOOK FORWARD TO LEADING THAT CONVERSATION. LEADING THAT CONVERSATION.>>KIM SITS ON THE CONGRESSIONAL>>KIM SITS ON THE CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMMITTEES FOR NUTRITION AND SUBCOMMITTEES FOR NUTRITION AND BIOTECHNOLOGY. BIOTECHNOLOGY. SHE ALSO UNVEILED THE VACCINE SHE ALSO UNVEILED THE VACCINE ACT. ACT. IT’S JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW IT’S JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW THESE LAWMAKERS LEAN INTO THEIR THESE LAWMAKERS LEAN INTO THEIR SKILLS. SKILLS. JOE IS DRAFTING A POLICY THAT JOE IS DRAFTING A POLICY THAT WOULD PROTECT U.S. COASTS FROM WOULD PROTECT U.S. COASTS FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING. OFFSHORE DRILLING.>>YOU RAN AND YOU WON.>>YOU RAN AND YOU WON. WHAT WAS THAT PROCESS LIKE? WHAT WAS THAT PROCESS LIKE?>>IT WAS A HUGE SURPRISE TO ME.>>IT WAS A HUGE SURPRISE TO ME. I STUDIED THE MATERIAL, MASTERED I STUDIED THE MATERIAL, MASTERED EVERY POLICY POSITION ON EVERY POLICY POSITION ON EVERYTHING AND SURELY WIN THE EVERYTHING AND SURELY WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE PEOPLE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT. IN THE DISTRICT. BUT IT TAKES A WHOLE LOT MORE BUT IT TAKES A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN THAT. THAN THAT.>>YOU HAVE TO TRANSLATE YOUR>>YOU HAVE TO TRANSLATE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE INTO KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE INTO SOMETHING VOTERS CAN ACTUALLY SOMETHING VOTERS CAN ACTUALLY CONNECT WITH. CONNECT WITH. TURNS OUT THERE’S AN TURNS OUT THERE’S AN ORGANIZATION THAT CAN HELP WITH ORGANIZATION THAT CAN HELP WITH EXACTLY THAT. EXACTLY THAT. WHAT DO YOU GUYS DO? WHAT DO YOU GUYS DO?>>WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION THAT>>WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS TO ELECT SCIENTISTS AND WORKS TO ELECT SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS TO PUBLIC OFFICE. ENGINEERS TO PUBLIC OFFICE.>>SHE’S A CHEMIST WHO RAN FOR>>SHE’S A CHEMIST WHO RAN FOR CONGRESS IN 2012 AND 2016. CONGRESS IN 2012 AND 2016. AFTER LOSING BOTH ELECTIONS, SHE AFTER LOSING BOTH ELECTIONS, SHE REALIZED THERE WAS A LACK OF REALIZED THERE WAS A LACK OF RESOURCES FOR CANDIDATES LIKE RESOURCES FOR CANDIDATES LIKE HER. HER. THAT’S WHEN SHE FOUNDED 314 THAT’S WHEN SHE FOUNDED 314 ACTION. ACTION. IF YOU DIDN’T CATCH THE IF YOU DIDN’T CATCH THE REFERENCE, SHE NAMED IT AFTER REFERENCE, SHE NAMED IT AFTER PI. PI.>>GOING INTO THE DISTRICT,>>GOING INTO THE DISTRICT, MEETING WITH SUPPORTERS THERE, MEETING WITH SUPPORTERS THERE, DOING LOTS OF INTERVIEWING TO DOING LOTS OF INTERVIEWING TO RUN AS WELL AS AN ABILITY TO RUN AS WELL AS AN ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE.>>WHEN SHE STARTED 314, IT WAS>>WHEN SHE STARTED 314, IT WAS 2016. 2016. PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE AS A PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE AS A WAVE OF SCIENTISTS MOBILIZED WAVE OF SCIENTISTS MOBILIZED AGAINST WHAT THEY SAW AS AN AGAINST WHAT THEY SAW AS AN ATTACK ON SCIENCE. ATTACK ON SCIENCE.>>ALL OF THIS WITH THE GLOBAL>>ALL OF THIS WITH THE GLOBAL WARMING. WARMING. A LOT OF IT’S A HOAX. A LOT OF IT’S A HOAX. IT’S A HOAX. IT’S A HOAX.>>THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THOUSANDS>>THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THOUSANDS TOOK TO THE STREETS TO LITERALLY TOOK TO THE STREETS TO LITERALLY MARCH FOR SCIENCE. MARCH FOR SCIENCE.>>THE ATTACKS ON SCIENCE DIDN’T>>THE ATTACKS ON SCIENCE DIDN’T START WITH THE TRUMP START WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BUT THEY’VE TAKEN ADMINISTRATION BUT THEY’VE TAKEN WHAT FELT LIKE MAYBE A WAR ON WHAT FELT LIKE MAYBE A WAR ON SCIENCE AND TURNED IT INTO A WAR SCIENCE AND TURNED IT INTO A WAR ON REALGTY, ON FACTS. ON REALGTY, ON FACTS.>>IN 2018 ALL THE CANDIDATES>>IN 2018 ALL THE CANDIDATES YOU SUPPORTED FOR DEMOCRATS. YOU SUPPORTED FOR DEMOCRATS.>>YES.>>YES.>>ARE YOU BIPARTISAN?>>ARE YOU BIPARTISAN?>>WE LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN.>>WE LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN. OUR CRITERIA FOR SUPPORT ARE OUR CRITERIA FOR SUPPORT ARE PEOPLE WITH S.T.E.M. BLOUNDS PEOPLE WITH S.T.E.M. BLOUNDS SUPPORT A PRO SCIENCE AGENDA. SUPPORT A PRO SCIENCE AGENDA. WE NEED LEADERS WHO ARE GOING TO WE NEED LEADERS WHO ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY LOOK AT WHAT THE DATA ACTUALLY LOOK AT WHAT THE DATA AND SCIENCE SAY AND DOESN’T SEEM AND SCIENCE SAY AND DOESN’T SEEM THERE’S A LOT OF APPETITE AMONG THERE’S A LOT OF APPETITE AMONG THE REPUBLICAN BASE FOR THAT. THE REPUBLICAN BASE FOR THAT.>>DOCTORS, ENGINEERS AND>>DOCTORS, ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS IF BOTH THE LEFT AND SCIENTISTS IF BOTH THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT HAVE SERVED IN THE RIGHT HAVE SERVED IN CONGRESS FOR YEARS. CONGRESS FOR YEARS. THIS FRESHMAN CLASS WELCOMED THIS FRESHMAN CLASS WELCOMED EIGHT DEMOCRATS AS WELL AS FOUR EIGHT DEMOCRATS AS WELL AS FOUR REPUBLICANS WITH S.T.E.M. REPUBLICANS WITH S.T.E.M. BACKGROUNDS. BACKGROUNDS. I TALKED TO CONGRESSMAN JIM I TALKED TO CONGRESSMAN JIM BAIRD. BAIRD. HE’S A CONSERVATIVE FROM INDIANA HE’S A CONSERVATIVE FROM INDIANA WITH A PHD IN ANIMAL SCIENCE WITH A PHD IN ANIMAL SCIENCE NUTRITION. NUTRITION.>>THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND>>THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE HAS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE HAS ABOUT FIVE SUBCOMMITTEES. FIVE SUBCOMMITTEES. I’M ON TWO OF THOSE. I’M ON TWO OF THOSE.>>60% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE>>60% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE SCIENTISTS SHOULD TAKE AN ACTIVE SCIENTISTS SHOULD TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN PUBLIC POLICY. ROLE IN PUBLIC POLICY.>>YOU FLIPPED A DISTRICT THAT A>>YOU FLIPPED A DISTRICT THAT A DEMOCRAT HADN’T WON IN ALMOST 40 DEMOCRAT HADN’T WON IN ALMOST 40 YEARS? YEARS?>>YEAH.>>YEAH. WE HAD REPUBLICAN MAYORS, WE HAD REPUBLICAN MAYORS, REPUBLICAN COUNCIL MEMBERS, REPUBLICAN COUNCIL MEMBERS, REALIZING THAT WE WERE PUTTING REALIZING THAT WE WERE PUTTING PEOPLE OVER POLITICS AND PUTTING PEOPLE OVER POLITICS AND PUTTING THE COUNTRY OVER PARTY. THE COUNTRY OVER PARTY.>>JOE’S RUNNING FOR REELECTION>>JOE’S RUNNING FOR REELECTION IN 2020. IN 2020.>>I WILL WORK WITH YOU TO FIND


Reader Comments

  1. What the heck is an ocean scientist ?????? What the heck is STEM?
    We need smart people, but not if they have an axe to grind.
    How about some candidates with expertise in economics, accounting, international relations etc.
    I don't see what Drs bring to the table. Or animal nutritionists.

  2. Could it be that MOST people around the world are POOR they do what ever they have to do to survive. Including destroying the planet. These politicians need to recognize that the 1% of the rich are DESTROYING the planet buy not contributing their funds that { they could never spend in their lifetime } back to humanity….How these people could be so STUPID? Politicians need to see the fact that they are greedy and irresponsible and its there fault for what is the downfall of our planet. I will hold every elected person in the U.S.A. goverment personalty responsible for the destruction of our planet. We need leaders. NOW…..SO you the 1% of the population. IT"S you that is destroying the planet. Take action now. Gates, Waltons, Haugent, Besos, buffet, Koch, ect It's on you…..They are responsible.

  3. People coming any background can run for office as long as they have manner and NOT loud mouth faker like Trump

  4. Great leaders know how to come up with mutual benefits for both his core stay in power/get in power base and the populace. The problem with tackling climate change is that you have to have a powerhouse that powers 90% of our society to go against their own profitability. The only way to win against climate change is to really get them to compete against themselves. That is how you disrupt a powerful coalition like the oil industry. Until they see each other as competition and fight amongst themselves, they won't change their behavior. Then when they see each other as competition, and your side provides an edge for one of the smarter ones, they get the right idea and use the adoption of the new regulation and its new alliance to benefit themselves. They see climate regulation as more of a threat and they are fighting it rather than themselves. They are all a bunch of competitive minds too so it is easy to get them to fight amongst themselves.

    It is like the US arms dealers and Russia as well. Right now they are actually sitting on an opportunity produce an arms deal against climate change like selling to Brazil (Maybe international financing) to enforce the protections of the Amazon as well as having the infrastructure in place to protect with fireman infrastructure and training. Basically a climate change Afghanistan but with fire protections. That is where the US government could sell some stuff. Just saying and there is money in it since there is also Madagascar too. It could be another arms race for both Russia and the US.

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