Science taking hits from Trump administration
A basic duty of any government is to be honest and put the public interest first. This is certainly not the case when it comes to the Trump administration and its attack on science. Trump’s attempt to alter a hurricane map is but the tip of the iceberg.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has documented many attacks on science since Trump took office. Research about climate change, the dangers of offshore drilling, mountaintop removal mining and risks of certain chemicals are but a few of the studies that have been depressed. Top scientists in government agencies have resigned rather than succumb to Trump’s political whims.
The work of federal scientists is vital to our health and safety as well as our economic well-being. Whether it’s cancer research, food safety testing, monitoring air pollution or tracking hurricanes, scientists provide government leaders with the facts necessary to make informed and, in some cases, life or death decisions.
When Trump undermines the science with “alternative facts,” and politics, he puts all Americans at risk.
Richard Israel Bethlehem