Peter Harrison & Mt St Helens | Candidate for Congress in SW Washington 3rd CD

America needs Science. Congress needs Scientists.

Science lab. Peter Harrison for Congress: Pay it Forward.

  • Science got us to the moon, created antibiotics, and helped turn the United States into a global economic superpower.
  • Congress is cutting back on science programs while other countries invest in research so they can catch and pass us.
  • When US politicians ignore what science has to offer, the US falls behind.

Our country succeeds when political leaders listen to what science has to tell us . From projects that took mankind to the moon to discoveries that cure disease, science is the driving force that turned America a global economic superpower. Today countries around the world are investing in science in the hope they can follow in our footsteps, then overtake us. Yet, as other countries step up, Congress and the Trump administration are stepping back, cutting research budgets, removing scientists from government, withholding their reports and removing science reports and data from websites.

One reason Congress does not value science is there are very few scientists in Congress. Even the chairmen of the House and Senate Subcommittees covering Science, Space & Technology have no experience or training in science, space or technology. They are attorneys and longtime politicians who dismiss science when it disagrees with their political ambitions or places their financial backers at risk.

The 20th Century is called the “American Century” largely because we invested in and listened to scientists .To be successful in the 21st century we must, once again, listen and learn from science or this century will be known for the rise of other nations and 100 years of American decline.

An ancient proverb teaches us, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” I am not a professional politician. I am a scientist with degrees and experience in Computer Science, Biology & Chemistry. I love designing, building and flying big, high-powered rockets. These are the kinds of interests, experience, and expertise the current heads of Congress’ Science, Space, and Technology subcommittees lack.

Scientists are the people who plants the trees of progress our children will enjoy. Please help me get to Congress.

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Our Congresswoman doesn’t support climate science, won’t address climate change.

  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to prevent the EPA from taking any action “relating to or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change.” (HR 910)
  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to “[Exclude] GHGs from the definition of “air pollutant” for purposes of addressing climate change. (HR 3409)
  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to prevent  funds set aside for science from being used for the U.S. Global Climate Research Program. (HR 4660)


Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in . No other issue demonstrates this principle more than climate change does. Climate change is like no other issue because, unlike healthcare, social security reform, or almost any other political issue, politicians who take a stand on it will likely never see the fruit of their effort to address this issue during their political life or even during their lifetime.

But we must take this issue on. If we do not take this issue on, our grandchildren and their grandchildren as well as our entire country and planet will suffer for it. I am not afraid my generation will suffer unduly from the effects of climate change; fear my grandchildren are the ones who will bear the brunt of our carelessness. If my campaign slogan, pay it Forward, means anything, it must mean I will stand up and fight to implement a strategy that lowers and then eliminates the use of fossil fuels by the Paris Accord’s 2050 deadline.

When people ask me what my top issue is I tell them I have two: one political, one personal. My top political issue is health care. My top personal issue is climate change because, if we do not “plant the tree” today and address our fossil fuel addiction problem, one hundred years from now there will be no shade large enough to shelter our children, country, or planet from the effects of climate change.

We are the elders our children, grandchildren, and other descendants will memorialize or blame for the actions we take today. I hope you will support me as I work to stop climate change. I hope you will be one of the old men who plant the seeds for a better future.


We must address the threat of climate change
New industries, new jobs, and a secure future. We have to get serious about Climate Change.

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