Bernie Sanders on Science & Technology
Bernie Sanders has a history of backing pro-science stances:
Does Bernie support funding for space exploration?
Bernie believes space exploration is beneficial and exciting, and is generally supportive of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but when it comes to a limited federal budget, Bernie’s vote is to take care of the needs of struggling Americans on this planet first.
In a Q&A session on the online forum reddit on May 19, 2015, Bernie wrote:
“I am supportive of NASA not only because of the excitement of space exploration, but because of all the additional side benefits we receive from research in that area. Sometimes, and frankly I don’t remember all of those votes, one is put in a position of having to make very very difficult choices about whether you vote to provide food for hungry kids or health care for people who have none and other programs. But, in general, I do support increasing funding for NASA.”
Does Bernie believe that global warming is a real threat?
Definitely. Bernie is a big supporter of the Environmental Protection Agency and measures to slow global warming. He believes we should put science before politics when making decisions about climate change. Watch him say so in 2010:
As evident in the above video, Bernie is vocal and assertive when criticizing global warming deniers in Congress. For example, he called out Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Ok) on the Senate floor by saying: “The bottom line is that when Senator Inhofe says global warming is a hoax, he is just dead wrong, according to the vast majority of climate scientists.” (Sen. Inhofe has received over $500,000 in donations from oil and gas companies, including $44,000 from Koch Industries, the corporation owned by the Koch brothers, who fund the majority of global warming-denying efforts in America. This ties into Bernie’s push to remove the influence of money from politics.)
When Pope Francis called for radical changes in lifestyles, economies, politics and unified global action to combat climate change in an encyclical release on June 18, 2015, Bernie praised the Pope, and highlighted how global warming would most impact the least privileged populations of the world:
“Pope Francis’ powerful message on climate change should change the debate around the world and become a catalyst for the bold actions needed to reverse global warming. The pope helps us all see how those with the least among us will fare the worst from the consequences of climate change.”
What has Bernie done and what else does he propose we do to address climate change?
That’s a great question that requires a long answer because there’s a lot to say! The climate change issue page has the whole lowdown on Bernie’s record on and proposed policies to combat climate change.
Stem Cell Research
How has Bernie voted on stem cell research?
What does Bernie have to say about vaccines?
Bernie believes that vaccinations are safe and effective, and that electing not to vaccinate is dangerous and wrong. In his own words:
“I think obviously vaccinations work. Vaccination has worked for many, many years. I am sensitive to the fact that there are some families who disagree but the difficulty is if I have a kid who is suffering from an illness who is subjected to a kid who walks into a room without vaccines that could kill that child and that’s wrong.”
Where does Bernie stand on GMOs?
While Bernie isn’t against GMOs, Bernie has said that “when a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her child.”
He advocates that people have the right to know what is in their food so that they can make the decision on whether or not they want to consume it. Because the FDA already requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives, and processes in our food, it makes sense that people should know if their food contains GMOs.
Read more about Bernie’s stance on GMOs here.