A letter addressed to the American people and signed by 70 Nobel Laureates, including scientists, doctors, and other intellectuals, was published Tuesday, making an impassioned endorsement of Hilary Clinton ahead of the presidential election in November. The letter argued, among other points, that electing Clinton was essential to ensure the protection constitutional government in the US. While not mentioning Donald Trump by name, it also emphasized the dangers of enacting policies that disregard science as a whole and would have a negative impact on American security and diplomacy.
“We need a president who will support and advance policies that will enable science and technology to flourish in our country and to provide the basis of important policy decisions,” the letter read. It went on to mention global problems such as climate change, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease that call for forward-thinking American innovation and cooperation with the rest of the world.
Though he is not mentioned in the letter, Donald Trump has argued that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China to stifle global competition. He has mocked the notion of climate change on that basis that cold weather still occurs, tweeting in October of 2015, “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”
He has maintained this position in the face of vast quantities of scientific evidence, and as coastal communities have already begun to deal with the destructive effects of rising sea levels.
Clinton, on the other hand, offers an extensive plan to address climate change, which includes raising efficiency standards, investing in sustainable infrastructure, and cutting subsidies for oil and gas companies.
“When it comes to climate change, the science is crystal clear. That’s why as President, I will work both domestically and internationally to ensure that we build on recent progress and continue to slash greenhouse gas pollution over the coming years as the science clearly tells us we must,” Clinton said on Science Debate.
The letter was signed by a wide range of Nobel Laureates, including the physicist Robert Woodrow Wilson and economist Robert J. Schiller, as well as two of this year’s winners, chemist J. Fraser Stoddart. and economics prize winner Oliver Hart.
There are precedents for such an endorsement, given that academics tend to lean heavily in favor of the Democratic party. In 2012, for example, 68 Nobel winners endorsed President Obama in his reelection campaign against Mitt Romney. In 2008, 76 Nobel Laureates backed Obama over Republican candidate John McCain.
This year’s letter was written with a special sense of urgency, with the gap between the candidates being especially high when it comes to matters of science and cooperation with the global community.
“The coming Presidential election will have profound consequences for the future of our country and the world. To preserve our freedoms, protect our constitutional government, safeguard our national security, and ensure that all members of our nation will be able to work together for a better future, it is imperative that Hillary Clinton be elected as the next President of the United States,” said the letter.