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Congressmembers Refuse Science Questions

Shawn Lawrence Otto | ScienceDebate.org | August 30, 2012

I'm a pretty reasonable guy, but this is stunning to me.  Of the many committee leaders in Congress who deal with the nation's science policy, just two — Reps Henry Waxman and Chris Van Hollen — have responded to the ScienceDebate questions.  And House Speaker John Boehner's team has outright declined!

Science drives over half of US economic growth and lies at the center of several of our most critical challenges and opportunities.  Many of the leading science organizations in the United States arrived at a consensus on the Top American Science Questions: Congressional Edition, and the effort is supported by nearly two hundred science organizations and universities, and tens of thousands of individuals, ranging from concerned citizens to Nobel laureates and corporate CEOs.

And yet, members of Congress are ignoring the ScienceDebate questionnaire, submitted to them by Scientific American magazine, or declining to answer any questions about their policy views!

Please contact the following Congress Members' offices right now and ask them to respond to the ScienceDebate and Scientific American questionnaire immediately.  Be respectful, and tell in your own words why this is important.  Ask them to send their responses back to submit@sciam.com.

Thank you!

Senate

  • Lamar Alexander: Tennessee (R)—ranking member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
  • Barbara Boxer: California (D)—chair, Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Jim DeMint: South Carolina (R)—member, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchinson is retiring)
  • Michael Enzi: Wyoming (R)—ranking member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • Dianne Feinstein: California (D)—chair, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
  • Tom Harkin: Iowa (D)—chair, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • James Inhofe: Oklahoma (R)—ranking member, Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Mitch McConnell: Kentucky (R)—Senate minority leader
  • Patty Murray: Washington State (D)—member, Committee on the Budget (Chairman Kent Conrad is retiring)
  • Lisa Murkowski: Alaska (R)—ranking member, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Harry Reid: Nevada (D)—Senate majority leader
  • Pat Roberts: Kansas (R)—ranking member, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
  • Jay Rockefeller: West Virginia (D)—chair, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Jeff Sessions: Alabama (R)—ranking member, Committee on the Budget
  • Debbie Stabenow: Michigan (D)—chair, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
  • Ron Wyden: Oregon (D)—member, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Chairman Jeff Bingaman is retiring) 

House of Representatives

  • Timothy Bishop: New York State–1 (D)—ranking member, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
  • John Boehner: Ohio–8 (R)—speaker of the House
  • Scott Garrett: New Jersey–5 (R)—vice chair, Committee on the Budget (Chair Paul Ryan is the Republican vice presidential candidate)
  • Bob Gibbs: Ohio–18 (R)—chair, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
  • Ralph Hall: Texas–4 (R)—chair, Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Doc Hastings: Washington State–4 (R)—chair, Committee on Natural Resources
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson: Texas–30 (D)—ranking member, Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Frank Lucas: Oklahoma–3 (R)—chair, Committee on Agriculture; member of Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Edward J. Markey: Massachusetts–7 (D)—ranking member, Committee on Natural Resources
  • John Mica: Florida–7 (R)—chair, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Nancy Pelosi: California–8 (D)—House minority leader