But if we’re going to successfully defend science, we need to do more than push back against flawed arguments and bad policy. We need to engage the public, and, even more, invite the public, across the political spectrum, to engage with science.
You also need to accept the fact that science and scientists don’t create or decide public policy. Science is one of MANY factors that goes into setting public policy and scientists aren’t “the experts” on all of those other factors.
The job of the scientist is to inform policy makers (and the public) what can and can not be done and the possible/likely effects of any choices. It is not, and never has been, the job of scientists to decide what we should or shouldn’t do.
The world of science needs to re-frame their discussions to “The evidence shows that if you do X, Y is the most likely outcome.” instead of “You should do Z because… SCIENCE!”.