Donald Trump's anti-science Administration
"Trump’s cabinet appointments are alarming. Taken as a whole, they can be seen as part of a larger effort to undermine the institution of science, and to deprive it of its role in the public-policy debate", alerts Lawrence M. Krauss, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and chair of the board of sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
One by one, this New Yorker writer analyzes Trump's recent appointments to speak to an evidence: an anti-science Administration.
Steve Bannon, former executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, is Trump’s “senior counselor and strategist.” This year, Breitbart hosted stories with titles such as “1001 Reasons Why Global Warming Is So Totally Over in 2016,” despite the fact that 2016 is now overwhelmingly on track to be the hottest year on record.
Myron Ebell, who heads the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency, is the leader of the Cooler Heads Coalition, an anti-climate-science group. Ebell denies the veracity and methodology of science itself.
Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, will be named the head of the E.P.A. He has denied Climate Change and he is closely tied to the oil-and-gas industry.
Bob Walker, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign on space policy, wants to defund Nasa’s earth-science efforts, which he has characterized as “politically correct environmental monitoring.”
Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is a fundamentalist Christian with a long history of opposition to science.
As reported in The New Yorker.