Trump’s War on Science
NewRepublic, July 4, 2017
Climate-change deniers go to great lengths to convince the public that there’s a legitimate scientific debate about whether humans are the main cause of global warming, but the Trump administration took this pathology to another level last week: Scott Pruitt, the head of the Trump’s “Environmental Protection Agency”, plans to form a group to question the merits of climate science.
This is just the latest tactical move in what many have dubbed the Trump administration’s “war on science.” Pruitt denies the scientific fact that carbon emissions drive global warming. He removed accurate scientific information about climate change from the EPA’s website. He fired almost everyone who currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors.
Trump’s policies would endanger the public—even causing preventable deaths due to pollution and higher temperatures. Trump, Pruitt and their allies want to avoid politically damaging scientific conclusions, so they’re trying to cripple the science itself.
Look at the Waters of the United States Rule. This week, Pruitt moved forward with his long-expected move to repeal the regulation which dramatically expanded Clean Water Act protections for small bodies of water.
In 2014, the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board released a 103-page review of the science behind the rule, and determined that it was sound: protecting these waters would have a real impact on protecting human health. Specifically, the report confirmed that the small streams and wetlands “exert strong influence on the physical, biological, and chemical integrity of downstream waters.” In other words, reducing pollution from small bodies of water has tangible impacts on the quality of drinking water from larger, connected bodies.
Any challenge to climate science from outside the normal peer-review process would be unlikely to sway judges or scientists on the issue. But it could sway the public and be used by politicians. Plus, by creating this debate format within the government, Pruitt further legitimizes the idea that there’s a scientific dispute over carbon’s role in global warming, when in fact there’s not.
The real purpose of Pruitt’s gambit is to lay the groundwork for EPA to overturn the finding it made in 2009 that greenhouse gases endanger our health and safety,” Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a statement. Undoing that finding is a huge priority for the far-right, because it would ensure that the U.S. has no legal obligation to do anything about climate change.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
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