Trump and Clinton Remain Far Apart on Science and Environment

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The "Viewfinder" carrying US President Barack Obama approaches Bear Glacier during a tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska.  (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama addressed the annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Wednesday, highlighting his administration's commitment to fighting climate change and protecting natural resources. The speech came as presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stake their positions on a range of science-related issues, including climate and energy policy, science education, nuclear power and vaccines. As part of NPR's "A Nation Engaged" conversation, we'll discuss the candidates' positions and the use and misuse of science in political discourse and public policy.

Mentioned on Air:


Shawn Otto, co-founder,; author, "The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It."

Marcia McNutt, geophysicist; president, National Academy of Sciences; former director, U.S. Geological Survey under President Obama

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communication, Annenberg School for Communication; director, Annenberg Public Policy
Center, University of Pennsylvania