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‘We Have Science!’

by James Lileks

The March for Science, which occurred on that annual parade of pagan panic known as Earth Day, was a remarkable success. We have science again! Chemical scientists all across the nation are back to staring intently at beakers; space scientists are back to finding new planets; climate scientists are back to staring at computer projections, trying to figure out how to turn statistics into grant money.

It’s a relief, isn’t it? Obviously President Trump’s legislative agenda to ban science is dead on arrival. The administration had proposed the replacement of science with old folk wisdom. Energy companies, for example, would find untapped oil fields with enormous dowsing rods carried by hundreds of men; medical research would consist of watching goats eat various plants and making pills out of the ones that didn’t make the goats fall down and foam at the mouth.

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