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Letter: Support science


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Support science

New Hampshire’s wondrous landscape, maple sugaring industry and prized moose population rely on basic pollution standards that protect clean air and clean water. Our children’s health and future rely on these standards, too.

Americans did not vote to scrap these protections last November and yet President Trump and the GOP Congress are leading an unprecedented assault on common-sense environmental regulations that are guided by scientific evidence.

To stabilize our climate, we must follow what the best available science is telling us we must do – and without delay. That’s why I am marching in the New Hampshire March for Science on April 22 in Concord to demand policies that protect families like mine while protecting the planet.

You too can join me from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State House, where we will march to defend the science upon which our future rests. As a mother, this march has added meaning for me; I’ll be bringing my son along to show him and others that we have come too far and know too much to let our hard-won climate progress slip away.

Science is not partisan as this administration would have us believe. Nor is it irrelevant. Science affects people everywhere and people everywhere need to defend it with their lives – because lives depend on it. It’s that simple. Now that, Mr. Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is what I call getting back to basics.

REBECCA WHITLEY

Hopkinton

(The writer is the New Hampshire field consultant for Moms Clean Air Force.)