Trump Inspires Scientist to Run for Congress to Fight Climate Change

Volcanologist Jess Phoenix would agree with President Donald Trump on one thing: There’s something wrong with Washington, D.C.

“We need science in our everyday lives,” she said, speaking in April at the Los Angeles March for Science. “Ignorance is the disease.”

The cure is more scientists who hold political office, Phoenix said. She’s running for the House of Representatives as a Democrat in California’s 25th Congressional District, with a pledge bring “good science” to Washington. The seat is currently held by a Republican.

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