Obama rejects building of the Keystone XL oil pipeline! #climate #change #YesWeCan

Making this decision has been on Obama’s plate for almost as long as he’s been president… and finally today, Obama has rejected construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that proposed to run from Canada into the U.S. Supporters of the bill said that this would create jobs and help decrease our dependency on middle east oil. Opponents of the bill argued that this would be a terrible idea for the environment (among other reasons). This is a major win for environmentalists and also a huge positive step to curb climate change!!

For more info, check out the New York Times article

President Obama talks climate change in ALASKA – science, politics, and a warning #ActOnClimate

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Super happy to see President Obama talking about climate change scientifically (see the White House climate change plan here). We are part of the problem and HAVE to be the solution. It’s a little late to be having this discussion on a national level – but better late than never. And enough with anti-science politicians denying climate change or our role in it. Couldn’t agree more with the President:

Any leader willing to take a gamble on a future like that — any so-called leader that does not take this issue seriously or treats it like a joke — they’re not fit to lead

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President Obama White House announces #CleanPowerPlan to #ActOnClimate!!! #video

Yesterday, President Obama’s White House announced the Clean Power Plan to Act on Climate change!!

Today, as part of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single-largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. The Clean Power Plan is an historic step in the fight against climate change. It sets flexible and achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, while creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Anti-Science Quotable: Jeb Bush – If you believe climate science you are arrogant…..

The climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear on what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you. It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t have a conversation about it even.

Jeb Bush, while campaigning in New Hampshire.

Terrific video of President Obama hosting the 2015 White House Science Fair! #STEM #science

On March 23, 2015, President Obama met with American’s young scientists and engineers who debuted their innovative projects and experiments at the White House for the fifth annual White House Science Fair.

2014 had the most cases of measles since eradication. 2015 on track to be worse. #Vaccine #science


For lots of information on the current outbreak of measles, check out the CDC page here. It is truly alarming that last year had so many cases of a fully PREVENTABLE disease through vaccination. It is even more alarming that this year is likely on track to be worse. The outbreaks of measles have already resulted in a public outcry and debate over vaccines. Including President Obama commenting on the importance of vaccination and highlighting that anti-vaccination sentiment is not based on science. Hopefully the science will prevail!

The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.

– The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated.

– Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.

– Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.

– Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.

#Science Quotable: President Obama on the measles outbreak – Get kids vaccinated

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And the fact is that, a major success of our civilization has the ability to prevent diseases that in the past have devastated folks. And measles is preventable. And I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.

You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them and the challenge you have is if you have a certain group of kids who don’t get vaccinated, and if it grows large enough that a percentage of the population doesn’t get vaccinated and they’re the folks who can’t get vaccinated, small infants, for example, or people with certain vulnerabilities that can’t vaccinated, they suddenly become much more vulnerable.

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President Obama congratulates @NASA_Orion team, including chief engineer JULIE KRAMER WHITE!!

President Obama, speaking to the Senior Executive Service, recognized Julie Kramer White, Orion’s chief engineer, for the successful Orion flight test. He also noted the spacecraft’s mission, saying that “when a human is the first to set foot (on Mars), they will have Julie and her team to thank and at that point, I’ll be out of the presidency and I might hitch a ride.”

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President Obama recognizes Orion Chief Engineer Julie Kramer White during remarks.

President Obama humorously stumbles over scientific words during speech at NIH!

In a speech at NIH, President Obama shows his humorous side while describing some of the science he observed. Including stumbling over pronunciation of electrophoresis and multi-parameter flow cytometer. The President continues with a number of other jokes aimed at his ‘knowledge’ of science.

Check out the video!!

Seen via ASCB on twitter!!

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