Why More Scientists are Speaking Out on Contentious Issues

I imagine that I am preaching to the clergy here, but yeah - it is not enough for us to find out facts. Once we have convinced ourselves that the evidence is incontrovertible (or close to it) we need to make sure that we speak to it. The more important the issue, the more important that we take a stand. Yes, keep an open mind, but that doesn't mean you can't take part in the discussion. 

A 2014 Pew survey of more than 3,700 U.S. scientists found that 87 percent agreed that “scientists should take an active role in public policy debates about issues related to science and technology.” Just 13 percent backed the opposite statement: “Scientists should focus on establishing sound scientific facts and stay out of public policy debates.”