As technology becomes more embedded in our lives it makes sense that technology is politicized. As an engineer I think it was more fun when technology was under the radar. What is interesting to me now is that standardization organizations are making more decisions with political implications, e.g., digital rights management, encryption, bio metrics, etc. The EU seems to recognize this and EU governments are active in EU standardization activities. The US government (including past governments) does not. So I see the US government as a technology denier not only about climate but almost everything.
Will I march for science? My wife wants to, so I will join her.
@Astronut: "I can't post a separate comment (??) so I'll reply to this one...."
It IS confusing. At the bottom of the article are 3 links: Email this / Print / Comment. The Comment one is for commenting, right? NOT!! It just displays the comments. If you want to post your own comment (rather than replying as you did), underneath every comment that's there already is a link "Post Message". THAT is what you click on (under any existing comment, doesn't matter which) to post your own comment. Confused? So are we all, we just get used to it :-)
So where is the march for engineering? So much news today conflates science with engineering that its no wonder that high-school students are ignorant of the difference.
Its implied that lower Federal spending on "science" is somehow bad. Federal spending does indeed lead to investment, but little of that investment returns to the public sector, especially for medical initiatives that result in high-$ patents that boost the cost of Medicare and Medicaid, and now Obamacare as well.
The Arizona SciTech Festival produces a wide range of educational events targeting all age groups and extends throughout many months of the year. These events highlight not only science but also engineering, and don't require you to tramp around outside on a hot April day. If you want to promote engineering (a.k.a. applied science), then get out and volunteer.