Neil deGrasse Tyson, world-renowned astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, spoke with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about science as a partisan issue.
"The moment people are debating whether an objectively established scientific truth is true... there is no informed decision-making.," he said.
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: [When science becomes a partisan issue], it is the beginning of the end... It is the beginning of the end of an informed democracy. The moment people are debating whether an objectively established scientific truth is true. The moment that happens, there is no informed decision-making.
The entire point of the National Academy of Sciences is to advise Congress and the president on all matters where science can and should influence policy. If you are going to ignore all their reports, there is no future for a country that wants to thrive, in terms of its health, wealth, and its security. There is no future in this 21st century, where competition in all those fields requires innovation and intelligent investment in science, technology, engineering, and math.
If you don't have that, just watch America fade. We're already fading. Watch us continue to fade.