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Marches for Science Saturday in Reno, Las Vegas, Spring Creek

Scientists will gather in cities nationwide Saturday in the first-ever March for Science. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)
Scientists will gather in cities nationwide Saturday in the first-ever March for Science. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)
April 20, 2017

RENO, Nev. -- Scientists and supporters will be marching in 200 cities across the nation on Saturday - including Reno, Las Vegas and Spring Creek near Elko - to affirm the value of science and protest what they see as an attack from the Trump administration.

President Trump has proposed cutting the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31 percent, and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change skeptic. Geologist Marc Moncilovich, an organizer of the Las Vegas event, said federally funded scientific research is crucial in a democracy.

"You know, we need real facts, not alternative ones, to make effective decisions. We need scientific theories, not conspiracy theories, to make sense of our world,” Moncilovich said. "What we're seeing now is worse than politicians simply ignoring scientific evidence. They're undermining our ability to share vitally important science."

Officials at the Department of Energy's International Climate Office reportedly have banned the terms "climate change," "emissions reduction" and "Paris agreement" in written memos.

The Las Vegas and Reno marches will start at 10 a.m. And the Spring Creek event begins at 2 p.m.

Scott Tyler, a professor of hydrology with the University of Nevada-Reno, said science benefits everyone, every day - in the form of clean water and air, safe bridges, medical advances and better weather forecasts.

"Here in Reno, five days out, we get advance warning for floods. We didn't have that 20 years ago or 30 years ago, and that's because of federally funded science and engineering,” Tyler said. "If you don't do that, then the country suffers."

For more information on the events, go to MarchForScience.com.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV