This week’s OtherWords package falls between two huge marches on Washington, along with hundreds of other communities.

Last Saturday, Earth Day, the Science March brought hundreds of thousands of scientists and their supporters into the streets in perhaps the first mass mobilization of the scientific community in modern history. In OtherWords, Jill Richardson — herself a social scientist — uses the occasion to size up the current administration’s record on scientific issues. Below, Khalil Bendib’s cartoon gives you a clue.

And this coming Saturday marks the People’s Climate March, which is expected to be a huge mobilization for sensible climate policy — something the Trump administration says is bad for coal jobs. My colleague Basav Sen, however, argues that solar energy is already creating many, many more jobs than coal — and could put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work, if only the White House stops propping up fossil fuels.

Also this week, Leslie Watson Malachi, a minister, explains how de-funding Planned Parenthood could lead to a national health crisis. And Sam Pizzigati reflects on what the life of a famous corporate whistle blower can teach us about what it’ll take to rein in skyrocketing CEO pay.


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  1. Let’s Face It: The Coal Industry Is a Job Killer / Basav Sen
    Wind and solar could create many, many more jobs than coal — especially if the government stops propping it up.
  2. Women’s Health Is on the Chopping Block, Again / Leslie Watson Malachi
    Defunding Planned Parenthood could cause a national health crisis for low-income women — and men, too.
  3. Remembering the Insider Who Blew the Whistle on Corporate Greed / Sam Pizzigati
    Graef Crystal proved that corporations won’t police themselves. Maybe good policies can.
  4. Why Scientists Marched / Jill Richardson
    As a social scientist myself, I know what goes into a scientist’s quest for knowledge and truth. This administration doesn’t.
  5. They Blinded Me With Science / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo

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