science under attack [it only gets worse #1074]

A chilling overview by the New York Times on the permanent and concerted attacks by the Trump administration on science and the scientific duties of the U.S. Government. [This post was written a week ago, before a much scarier and literal as well as extra-judicial attack took place.]

“Political appointees have shut down government studies, reduced the influence of scientists over regulatory decisions and in some cases pressured researchers not to speak publicly. The administration has particularly challenged scientific findings related to the environment and public health opposed by industries such as oil drilling and coal mining. It has also impeded research around human-caused climate change, which President Trump has dismissed despite a global scientific consensus.”

“The administration’s efforts to cut certain research projects also reflect a longstanding conservative position that some scientific work can be performed cost-effectively by the private sector, and taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to foot the bill.”

“…some of the Trump administration’s moves, like a policy to restrict certain academics from the E.P.A.’s Science Advisory Board or the proposal to limit the types of research that can be considered by environmental regulators, “mark a sharp departure with the past.” Rather than isolated battles between political officials and career experts, these moves are an attempt to legally constrain how federal agencies use science in the first place.”

“In addition to shutting down some programs, there have been notable instances where the administration has challenged established scientific research. Early on, as it started rolling back regulations on industry, administration officials began questioning research findings underpinning those regulations (…) Many top government positions, including at the E.P.A. and the Interior Department, are now occupied by former lobbyists connected to the industries that those agencies oversee.”

2 Responses to “science under attack [it only gets worse #1074]”

  1. Professor Robert,

    Wanted to comment, but I’m getting a “404” or in other words “not found” when I try to access the blog comment.

    Anyway, there was a telling interview at the “Talking Politics” podcast about Trump from the *London Review of Books* and the University of Cambridge which is pertinent, expressing how he and his administration do not care if government operates, let alone operates well:

    https://www.talkingpoliticspodcast.com/blog/2019/207-michael-lewis-on-donald-trump

    Happy New Year!

    – Jan Galkowski, Westwood, MA, USA.

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