Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden departs the Delaware State Building after early voting in the state’s main election on September 14, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden has scheduled marketing campaign stops in Florida, Pennsylvania and Minnesota later this week.

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Scientific American has endorsed Joe Biden for president, the first time the venerable science journal has backed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history.

The endorsement was published in Scientific American’s October issue, in which the magazine’s editors defined their causes for publicly supporting Biden, including that they “do not do this lightly.”

They mentioned they had been motivated to endorse Biden after seeing how science has been ignored and politicized by President Donald Trump and his administration.

“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science,” the editors wrote in the endorsement. They cited, in specific, the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed greater than 195,000 Americans and continues to be a public well being emergency.

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The endorsement comes with lower than 50 days to go till the U.S. presidential election and because the nation juggles a number of crises in addition to the pandemic — a protracted financial downturn, catastrophic wildfires on the West Coast and an intense Atlantic hurricane season.

The editors mentioned Trump’s failure to develop a nationwide technique to battle the pandemic helped speed up the unfold of the illness throughout the nation and his misrepresentations of the info have finished much more harm.

“His lies encouraged people to engage in risky behavior, spreading the virus further, and have driven wedges between Americans who take the threat seriously and those who believe Trump’s falsehoods,” they wrote.

But their issues went past the president’s response to the pandemic and included Trump’s makes an attempt to finish the Affordable Care Act, his dedication to dismantling environmental protections and insurance policies, and his proposed cuts in funding to companies such because the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden has prioritized local weather change all through his marketing campaign. In July, he unveiled a $2 trillion plan that consultants mentioned would put the nation on an formidable path to constructing a clear power financial system. The plan, which incorporates the purpose of attaining a 100 p.c clear electrical energy commonplace by 2035, earned excessive reward from local weather scientists and environmental advocates, who mentioned the proposal would additionally assist restore the nation’s repute internationally.

Though a lot of Biden’s plan would require approval from Congress, the magazine’s editors mentioned the candidate “is acutely aware that we must heed the abundant research showing ways to recover from our present crises and successfully cope with future challenges.”

They added that Trump’s many assaults on science and the scientific companies designed to guard the nation guided their resolution to endorse a presidential candidate for the first time.

“The 2020 election is literally a matter of life and death,” they tweeted Tuesday. “We urge you to vote for health, science and Joe Biden for President.”