LOREN ACTON for Montana House District 69




The Role of Science
in Complex Issues

I am a scientist by training and vocation. The scientific method is a way of thinking, of organizing scientific evidence into a coherent, consistent picture. This is a skill much needed in government in our technological age. Issues like the production of energy and industry-friendly protection from pollution all demand a scientific perspective. I'll bring that to the Montana Legislature.

Good science is neutral; it doesn't favor either Democrats or Republicans. When it loses that objectivity we get unwise governmental decisions — like the immensely costly Star Wars (or SDI) episode of the 1980's. Our leaders ignored scientific consensus and chose to listen to narrow scientific views that suited their agenda. Now a similar, arguably more serious mistake is being made by those in government who deny the reality of climate change and global warming.

While it is quite proper that the political process take more into account than just the science, the case of global warming is a troubling example of poor policy by politicians who deny or ignore well-founded scientific facts.

We now face some huge problems which have been exacerbated by the neglect or denial of scientific reality. Foremost among these problems is our future supply of energy. Montana is fortunate in having a governor who understands the need for well informed, unbiased, scientific and technological advice. He is committed to developing wind power and other alternative forms of energy production for Montana. I want to help in this important work.




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