Science for Donald Trump is a matter of paying attention to what he said, not what he has done. He said “we must protect our environment,” but that is not what he meant. After all, he believes that global warming is a hoax.
Instead, he comes up with alternative facts and draconian cuts to science at all levels. On Earth Day thousands of people in Washington, DC crowded onto the National Mall for the March on Science, some in white lab coats. As the mist fell, Democratic legislators joined marchers who carried signs demanded scientific research funding.
Trump released an Earth Day Statement that started out positive, but the hook was “without harming America’s working families.” That translates into business first, science last. In the statement, he said:
‘We can and must protect our environment without harming America’s working families. That is why my administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment.’
Trump sounded as if he meant environmental protection and economic growth were equal goals, but they were not. One saves the world, the other lines the pockets of his friends, the polluters. He continued in the statement:
‘Rigorous science is critical to my Administration’s efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection.’
Although Trump said that his administration would keep “our air and water clean,” he relaxed environmental restrictions with the flourish of a pen and a photo-op. The president said he cared about forests, yet he cut the Park Service budget dramatically. He continued:
‘My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting.’
Trump’s idea of “reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies” was to reduce regulations and hostility toward all science. He said:
‘Economic growth enhances environmental protection. We can and must protect our environment without harming America’s working families. That is why my Administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment.’
Many politicians think their constituents are stupid. They are not!
Check out this video of the Chicago Science March:
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