What will happen to citizens when science no longer has a voice at the table? It is already happening.
- The Trump budget would eliminate $250 million for NOAA’s coastal research programs that prepare communities for rising seas and worsening storms.
- Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has removed scientists from the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors to be replaced by people who are opposed to regulation.
- The Department of Energy has eliminated the terms “clean energy” and “new energy” from its websites, and links to clean or renewable energy articles are no longer available.
- The Interior Department has stopped an ongoing study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on the risks of mountain-top-removal coal mining.
- The president tried to cut nearly $6 billion fro the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s single largest funder of medical research. Congress has rejected his proposal.
- President Trump has nominated David Zatezalo as assistant secretary of labor for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. Zatezalo is a former coal company chief executive who has repeatedly clashed with federal mine safety regulators.
- President Trump nominated Jim Bridenstine, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma with no science or space background as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator. He has also named Sam Clovis as the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist. Clovis, former talk-radio host and blogger has labeled climate research “junk science.”
Go to The New York Times for more detailed information. This information was gleaned from a New York Times Editorial Board article.