Science tak­ing hits from Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

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

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