This week: advice for politically active scientists, rejection of AHCA, NIH approves preprints, Texas education, climate change skeptics speak out, and more
Talking across the political divide requires some understanding of human psychology and a lot of respect and empathy. Here we provide some techniques to help you have conversations with people who oppose your viewpoint.
This week: AHCA budget review, Trump's budget proposal stripping science funding, higher CO2 levels than ever, republican support for carbon tax, and more
Why do people believe false information? Why is it so hard to convince them otherwise? We try to explain these phenomena.
Conservation and Alternative Energy Several science societies and organizations wrote a letter to Trump endorsing the Clean Water Rule (Ecological Society of America). The wind energy industry is booming in Texas under laws signed by Rick Perry, who is currently the head of the Department of Energy, suggesting that renewable energy may have a positive … Continue reading Weekly Digest – March 6-12
Conservation and Alternative Energy Currently, 20 Texas State Parks and 11 Wildlife Management Areas are actively leasing land for oil and gas drilling. Action: you can help prevent further damage by 1) stopping new leases, 2) supporting the removal of Kelcy Warren from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (he is the CEO of Energy … Continue reading Weekly Digest — Feb 27 – March 5
Conservation and Alternative Energy The recent ban on lead ammunition on Federal Lands may be overturned; few states have laws against lead ammunition so unraveling the federal ban will negatively impact wildlife (NPR). A bill proposed in the House (H.R.1054) co-sponsored by Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) would create a botanical science research … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 20-26
Conservation and Alternative Energy Oil and mining companies are no longer required to disclose their payments to foreign governments. This rule was part of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, enforced last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and repealed by H.J.Res.41 under the Congressional Review Act on the basis that it would reduce competitiveness … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 13-20
Austin Science Advocates share their experience publicly testifying in January.
A summary of the 2017 SBOE science standards streamlining process