Science Could Benefit as Democrats Take Power
Next week, Democrats will gain control of the White House and both chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade. That political shift could have momentous implications for science and climate policy. “Voters have delivered a pretty historic mandate to Congress and an administration to move forward in ways that are transformational and not incremental,” says Rachel Cleetus, director of climate and energy programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Cleetus sees opportunities for bipartisan cooperation on “common sense policies that both help reduce emissions [of warming gases] and help ameliorate the current economic crisis and create jobs.” Investments in infrastructure, clean energy technology, and workforce training are all potential areas of bipartisan cooperation that do such “double duty,” says climate policy specialist Kelly Sims Gallagher of the Fletcher School at Tufts University.