tv Student Cam- Second Prize High School East CSPAN April 4, 2021 10:49pm-11:00pm EDT
c-span2, online at c-span.org, or listen live on the c-span radio app. you can watch at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2, and any time on demand at c-span.org. >> middle school and high school students participated in c-span's studentcam competition about issues that congress and president should address this year. all month, we are featuring the winners. our second prize high school east winners are aileen qi and kevin rha. they are 10th graders from montgomery blair high school in silver spring, maryland where c-span is available through comcast. their winning entry is titled "let science speak." aileen: how did america rise to be one of the world's most dominating superpowers? it is because we embraced science with open arms, allowing
us to develop some of the greatest innovations in science and technology that the world has ever seen. >> good things can happen. aileen: our nation, scientific expertise is one of the greatest assets. however, in today's 21st-century, we are making decisions about issues rooted in science, the facts have become increasingly neglected or challenged by our political leaders in what seems like an all out war on science. ♪ [bird chirping] >> 2020 appears to be the warmest year on record. that is according to massive data. >> there is really no scientific
question about this, we know humans are causing climate change. >> we have known about the negative and harmful impacts of climate change for a long time, so i think of our present climate crisis is a result of limited action and inaction at some point in history over the last 20 to 30 years. >> the united states will withdraw from the paris climate accord. >> for many years, the u.s. was very much an outlier in giving an honored place to skepticism versus science in some kind of coequal way, that they are somehow comparable. >> it is really odd in my mind that we cannot get even the two parties in congress to agree on the facts. it is just the numbers. >> the day two politicians are arguing about whether science is true, it means nothing gets done. nothing. >> congress has not passed a major new environmental law in
30 years. >> republicans, democrats, what have you, there will be divergent opinions and that is why we have political systems that make decisions about how to deal with it. but the fact is we have a problem and it is long past time where we run away from the problem and pretend it doesn't exist, and then the problem gets worse and worse. >> i do believe that there will be a point where even all political parties will have to admit that we have had climate change that is dangerous, whether or not it is actually a natural occurring event, it is a threat to our lives. >> science and economics are put in opposite ends with science likely our opponents, which is not the case. >> what will be most expensive is if we lose this battle against climate change, and the costs of that are insanely high. >> when you have over 90% of the world's scientists stating that
climate change is occurring and humans play a contributing role, it is time to defer to the experts. >> viruses can be scattered with each particle of saliva and mucus. >> the pandemic is not a word to use lightly. >> if we look at what has happened with the covid-19 virus, there just isn't any trust placed in science. >> there have been attempts to deliberately sow doubt or mistrust in scientific evidence and expertise in that effort has made us less safe. >> having things like wearing masks be politicized is so cruel. >> if i am asking people to wear face coverings, i should wear face coverings myself. >> it is the difference between ruling and governing. when you rule, it is all about me. when you govern, it is a lot about stewardship.
>> we have seen the importance of having responsible leadership is, literally in the case of covid, about life and death. >> i don't think you are the one person who gets to make a decision. >> i have never met myself out to be the end all. i am a scientist and public health official. i give advice according to the best scientific evidence. >> what will it take for people to recognize that a community of scientists are learning objective truths about the natural world and you can benefit from knowing about it? >> having science as a part of policy and decision-making is a very important part of how we run society and government. >> science is absolutely crucial. it is the building block to getting to the truth, and if we don't have truth, we are never going to have good policy. >> i think sometimes there is a failure to act when there is scientific uncertainty, but there is uncertainty about everything. so i think it is important to
acknowledge that there are some things science doesn't know right now, that there are a lot of things science does know. >> i do believe they have failed, and if they did not fail, we would not be having this interview right now. >> if we reject science, we are running blind. we will not know where we are going or where we should be going. >> so as a message to the new president, congress, and future government leaders to come, we ask that you let science speak, preserving our informed democracy, because that is how america moves forward. >> all winning entries are available online at studentcam.org. >> the biden administrations in
rotation secretary pete buttigieg and senator wicker, the top republican on the commerce committee. >> the vision the president has put forward as fully paid for. across 15 years, a raise all the revenue needed for these once-in-a-lifetime investments. by year 60 -- by year 16 you will see the package working to reduce the deficit. it's important to point out that the american people agree with this. we have seen corporations paying zero. we are just asking corporations to pay their fair share at a rate that would be lower than it has been for most of my life. the folks on the hill have other ideas about how to pay for it, we are going to be interested to hear those ideas, that there is a clear vision to pay for this bill in full. >> you say there is a vision to pay for the bill in full, but if a bill that finds this infrastructure project comes to the president's desk and it does not include enough to pay for this bill, it doesn't sound like he would somehow veto it. is that what you are saying
here? >> if congress decides to deficit spend, so be it? >> that decision is very literally above my pay grade. we will see how this thing looks by the time it reaches the president, which we hope is quite soon. what i will say is, we have a great proposal for have to do this that is responsible. if there are other ideas, now is a great time to hear them. >> i think i can work with pete buttigieg. i spoke to him today he was nominated. we have been trading phone messages for the last three or four days in an effort to talk about this bill. i think pete and i could come up with an infrastructure bill. what the president proposed this week is not an infrastructure bill. it is a huge tax increase, for one thing, and it is a tax increase on small businesses, on job creators in the united
states of america. and chuck, you made a statement that i just have to wonder about. you said it seems the administration is more eager to have bipartisanship then members of congress are. how can the president expect to have bipartisanship when his proposal is a repeal of one of our signature issues in 2017, where we cut the tax rate and made the united states finally more competitive when it comes to the way we treat job creators. >> c-span shop.org is c-span's new online store. go there today to order a copy of the congressional directory, a compact, spiral-bound book with contact information for every member of congress, including bios and committee assignments. also contact information for state governors and the biden administration cabinet.
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before a parliamentary committee on the u.k.'s global leadership and his government's response to the coronavirus. then former secretary of state colin powell reflects on his life and career as part of a conference on leadership. ♪ susan: your new book on education policy is called "a search for common ground." thank you for joining us on "q&a." i wanted to start our conversation where you ended up, which is your experience and