Please read this Guardian (UK) editorial essay by David Colquhoun. It is written in reference to goings-on in the UK but is even more applicable to what is happening in the U.S., which is worse.
I see daily evidence for our society wandering off into the land of ‘woo’ and it scares me. No, terrifies me. Scientists are becoming the disrespected. The average citizens is completely unaware of the role of science in daily life. I can’t even trust a family physician or pharmacist to know what is truth in medicine and what is unsupported bunk. I certainly can’t trust the current American government to know a scientific fact (or any other kind of fact) if it smacked them clear in the face. They chose to ignore them. That is at the peril of the entire foundation of our society.