‘I believe in science’: Hillary Clinton wows geeks

Hillary Clinton declared her belief in science. (Credit: DNC / YouTube / Imgflip)
Hillary Clinton declared her belief in science. (Credit: DNC / YouTube / Imgflip)

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight may not have been rated as highly as President Barack Obama’s address the night before, but there was at least one line that got the attention of the geekerati: “I believe in science.”

The applause line came in the context of climate change policy, one of the issues that distinguishes Clinton from her GOP foe, Donald Trump. He didn’t address the subject in his own acceptance speech, but he’s definitely in the climate skeptic camp.

“Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax,”he said last December. “It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”

In contrast, Clinton embraced the mainstream view that greenhouse-gas emissions are having an effect on climate patterns, and those effects could get dramatically worse unless policymakers take action.

“I believe in science,” she said, chuckling as she let that sink in with the crowd. “I believe climate change is real, and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying, clean-energy jobs.”

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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