Perhaps there are some reasons for hope that the Trump / Pruitt et al assault on science perhaps, maybe, just possibly produce some good.
- the Environment is getting a hell-of-a-lot more media coverage,
-It has forced scientists to come out and shout,
- Some Republican states and cities have joined the coalition against the White House on the environment. (Republicans go on and on about States' rights - so a Republican Congress may have some difficulty in demanding that individual States bow down to demands from the Federal Government),
- Some Republicans in cities like Flint must wonder about a Federal Government saying it's OK for industry to pollute the water supply,
- Some foreign Governments and the EU have said Nie, Nein, Nao, No, Nej to any messing about by the USA to any retreat on environmental policies. It's a bit like Brexit - our politicians are finding not having a seat at the EU table somewhat uncomfortable.
For once I am being almost an optimist.