Trump GUTTING Trillions From Climate, Science Programs – Just When We Need Them Most
Within hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump appears to be taking a machete to the U.S. government, IFL!Science reports. In a particularly draconian set of moves, his administration plans to chop $10.5 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade, with liberal and moderate programs being primarily targeted, according to The Hill.
Trump Is Slashing Programs That Are Vital To The Planet
Perhaps the most tragic news about this are his proposed cuts to the Violence Against Women program, which is part of the U.S. Justice Department. But the administration’s planned cuts to scores of important science programs are also devastating — starting with the Paris Agreement, which will be decimated, save for this $500 million donation from Obama. In fact, pretty much every program having to do with climate change will be severely affected, if not eliminated. Donations to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC), the program that publishes the most authoritative reports on human-caused climate change, is also likely to be destroyed, IFLScience! reports.
Undoubtedly the destruction of these two programs pleases Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, who will likely become Trump’s Secretary of State.
Then there’s the Department of Energy, which will likely be headed by former Texas governor Rick Perry, who isn’t even qualified to be dog catcher, let alone the head of an agency as crucial as this one, an agency that leads the world in nuclear physics. And in this agency, entire research groups are slated to be killed off. The most noteworthy victims are the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Fossil Energy. Sadly, the cuts couldn’t come at a worse time — both offices are in the midst of developing methods to shrink America’s continually growing carbon footprint.
The Department of Energy has been a world leader in nuclear physics research, but now funding for this field will be pared-down to 2008 levels.
Apparently the Department of Justice isn’t safe from anti-intellectual cuts, either, IFLScience! reports. Its Environmental and Natural Resources divisions are also on the chopping block, and these divisions are crucial in prosecuting those who break criminal and civil anti-pollution laws.
And if all of this news isn’t bad enough, here’s something even worse: Trump’s administration is really gunning for the earth sciences programs, especially NASA’s ground-breaking research on climate change. These programs are being gutted in favor of space exploration, IFLScience reports here. Bob Walker, a member of Trump’s NASA transition team confirmed this bad news. He once described climate change as “politically correct environmental monitoring.”
“Earth-centric sciences” will be covered by “other agencies” he said, according to The Guardian. And he cast a shadow over the field by saying that the connection between humanity and climate change is “a view shared by half the climatologists in the world.” Walker didn’t say where he got that figure. But here’s the deal, the consensus now shows that 99.9 percent of scientists believe that anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change is real and occurring, DeSmog reports.
This budget is meant to slash the federal budget, but what’s clear here is that Trump’s anti-intellectual brigade is, at the very least, an existential threat to this country’s scientific legacy.
Scientists are understandably panicked by this, and Motherboard notes they are finding ways to save their work. The podcast at the end of this article details what scientists are doing to save their work. What a shame that they even have to worry about this.
And it’s a kick to the gut. It’s nice that the administration is interested in space exploration, but we are facing climate catastrophe. And we have no planet B to save us.
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