This is bull.
They said very clearly that when politics intersects with science and skepticism, they talk about it, and they said that they will talk about it when such subjects come up, because it is inevitable that they will come up.
What they're not talking about is the election itself, and in my opinion that is a Good Thing.
The episode was recorded before Trump had issued his 100 day plan. He has now and he has also announced some of his key appointments. We know that the head of his Environmental Protection Agency will be a climate change science denier. We know that he will allow the Keystone Pipeline to go ahead. We know that his senior strategy advisor coined the term "libtard" and is a regressive in every sense. Just three issues where it's clear that "politics intersects with science and skepticism.
Whatever one's political stance Trump's election has to be seen as a major defeat for the skeptical movement. To the extent, I would argue, that the movement is now in crisis. Its key messages - about the need for policy and human activity to be driven by skeptical enquiry, analysis and evidence have not got through to sufficient members of the public for them to throw out a man who disdains all three.
Karl Rove was quoted as saying "guys like me [the author of a Slate piece] were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." Trump has taken this disdain of the reality based community to a new level. I hope the SGU will tackle the current crisis by pointing out where the new White House flies in the face of reality. If skeptics won't do this, who will?
I should add that I'm in the UK where we have our own problems created by those who have no any qualms about telling blatant lies to get a grip on power. But Trump's election has global consequences and if the defeat of skepticism in the US is mirrored by similar defeats around the world we are in deep, deep trouble.www.twitter.com/andrewzcooper