Following Scientific Consensus


Following Scientific Consensus

WHEREAS some advocates or opponents of public policy ignore, deny or misrepresent scientific evidence; the Scientific Method has proven to be the most powerful tool for unbiased understanding of the world around us and has created the greatest technological achievements of humankind; and

WHEREAS Scientific Consensus (the collective points of agreement between scientists within a shared field of science through the process of peer review, the sharing of information at scientific conferences and the replication of experiments using methodologies and data available from free and open publication) provides our best way of distinguishing fact from propaganda and misinformation in our changing and complicated world; and

WHEREAS not all issues can be determined by the Scientific Method; issues of faith, equality and compassion cannot be determined by science, but must be decided by our own moral compass and shared values;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party should seek out and consider Scientific Consensus when defining our positions and when making public policy on scientific matters and on issues that can be determined by the Scientific Method; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party should communicate this resolution to the California Senate’s Select Committee on Science, Innovation and Public Policy and to the California Assembly’s Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.

Sponsored by Tony Hale, Region 16 and the San Pedro Democratic Club


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Winter Executive Board Meeting
San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

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