Ron Birnbaum for Assembly | Science
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Science

As a doctor, I put science to work every day in my clinical practice, and I have been a working scientist in the past myself. I have written grants (both successful and otherwise) and authored scientific papers. I even hold a patent. My mother is a retired biochemist and my father a retired chemical engineer (both with PhDs).

I am proud to follow in the tradition of Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln, all who worked in areas of science or engineering and brought those sensibilities and the spirit of the Enlightenment to work in public life. I will bring science and evidence to policymaking the same way I use it in my practice as a doctor. I reject the Trump-era disconnect of truth from politics. As your representative, it will be my job to use the facts alongside your concerns to build policies and systems that work for all of us.

We need to do better with science and technical education, supporting STEM from pre-K-12 to the highest levels at our universities and research institutions.

We can do the science in California that Washington refuses to do for brain-dead ideologic reasons, from stem cell research to research into how to apply public health methods to reduce deaths from gun violence.

We need to fight Trump’s demonization of immigrants, many of whom – like my parents – have been attracted to this country and to California to learn and work in technical fields. At the same time we need to make great pathways for kids who are born or grow up here – including girls – to join this vibrant part of our economy.

Where anti-science politicians bought by fossil fuel money deny climate change in Washington, we need to fight it in California by:

  • setting a date-certain when we will be powered by all renewables
  • end fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground where they belong
  • not falling into the false trap of making electricity by burning natural gas

We in the 51st District have the educational resources and institutions to become a biotech and general tech and arts/tech hub.

I want California to be the State that thinks, tests, makes and does.