Even if you live in a virtual cave, you can’t have missed the ongoing stories about how Trump is gutting America’s environmental protection agencies and laws, forcing out scientists and researchers, defunding projects, negating scientific reports and advice, and generally dismissing climate change as a “hoax.” So much accumulated knowledge, deliberately scattered to the four winds.
One could dismiss everything else he’s done and still consider this reason enough to vote him out of office next November. Experts say it will take many years to repair the damage he’s done, reassembling research teams, restarting projects, rebuilding federal agencies. Not to mention the environment itself, which in many cases may be irreparable.
The New York Times covers this topic in considerable detail today in “Science Under Attack: How Trump Is Sidelining Researchers and Their Work.” It will make you cry. Or should.
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