How the Trump administration could impact scientific research
While a number of social and economic policies have been outlined by the Trump administration, it remains to be seen how science will be impacted.
Today’s Video Of The Day comes from the American Chemical Society as the latest installment in their Speaking In Chemistry series produced by the ACS weekly newsmagazine Chemical & Engineering News. The clip takes an in-depth look at the uncertainty surrounding how the Trump administration will handle sciences and research funding.
Last week, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. While a number of social and economic policies have been outlined by the Trump administration, it remains to be seen how science will be impacted.
As his new Director of White House Office Management & Budget, Trump recently appointed South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney has been described as a “fiscal hawk” who is expected to continue the Republican push for budget cuts on all discretionary spending, including funds for scientific research.
Many researchers fear that climate science will face extreme budget cuts, especially following Trump’s comments that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese. After Trump won the election in November, a group of scientists even began backing up climate data to independent servers.
While on the campaign trail, Trump promised to cancel the Paris Agreement, a multi-nation effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, two Trump advisors wrote an op-ed piece arguing that NASA should focus on space exploration instead of Earth observation.
More questions will be answered as more cabinet appointments are approved. Keep it locked to Earth.com for the latest updates.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Source: American Chemical Society