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Title: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: 6roucho on January 21, 2017, 04:09:02 AM
Evidence of the Trump administration's assault on science is already documented in several threads here, but now that he's President, and the science melt season proper has started, it seems appropriate to keep a record.

Within moments of yesterday's inauguration, all references to combating climate change disappeared from the White House website [https://www.whitehouse.gov]. A search for "climate" returns three results:

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An America First Energy Plan | whitehouse.gov
www.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy (http://www.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy)
...and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the
Lou Henry Hoover | whitehouse.gov
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/louhoover (http://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/louhoover)
Charles D. Henry, decided that the climate of southern California would favor
Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower | whitehouse.gov
www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/mamieeisenhower (http://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/first-ladies/mamieeisenhower)
...visits to relatives in the milder climate of San Antonio, Texas. There, in 1915
The page that once detailed the potential consequences of climate change was replaced by a page entitled, "An America First Energy Plan." which vows to eliminate “harmful and unnecessary policies” such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the United States rule.

Thus the new administration is committing to a reduction in policy in place of a reduction in emissions.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: logicmanPatrick on January 21, 2017, 04:26:53 AM
Welcome to the Wipe House (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/20/trump_wipes_whitehousegov/)  but  Archive.org is your friend (http://web.archive.org/web/*/whitehouse.gov).  See e.g.  this page on climate policy with free pdf file. (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-record/climate)

Download pages like crazy!  Tommorow, Trump may nuke the wayback machine.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: logicmanPatrick on January 21, 2017, 04:49:12 AM
Update: Obama web pages archived at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/ (https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/)

hat tip to http://www.snopes.com/white-house-web-site-trump-changes/ (http://www.snopes.com/white-house-web-site-trump-changes/)

But I would still download and save stuff.  "Accidents" happen, or so I am told.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 21, 2017, 04:55:37 AM
Climate change marches on and science never dies.  Screw them all... They will get their comeuppance....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 21, 2017, 05:50:00 AM
Update: Obama web pages archived at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/ (https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/)

hat tip to http://www.snopes.com/white-house-web-site-trump-changes/ (http://www.snopes.com/white-house-web-site-trump-changes/)

But I would still download and save stuff.  "Accidents" happen, or so I am told.

Fair play to Snopes. It notes that "Whitehouse.gov is sparsely populated". And legacy content will indeed live on in the ObamaWhiteHouse.gov site. It'll be interesting to see if they become competing poles of information.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 21, 2017, 12:36:19 PM
To be honest we've become used to Politicians spouting rhetoric then doing very little about it.  Obama was actually the opposite on Climate Change, his rhetoric was low, initially, but his actions were high.

Sadly, with Trump, what you see is what you get.  He told people what he was going to do and now he's doing it.  How shocking is that???

There is hope though, for those who think that destroying the likes of Trump is hopeful, in the article, yesterday, on the Washington Post where they discussed the likely attempts to impeach Trump over his refusal to sell of his business interests just to become president of the US.

I've said this consistently for more than a decade now and very few in the Climate Lobby want to listen.

You do not tax people into submission.  You do not look like a tree hugger who wants to take the population back to candles and smallholding.  You do not constantly take away people's choices on energy and replace it with a lack of choice.

If you do, you get Trump, you get Brexit, the little person (not the activist and not even the intelligent or aware), stands up and uses that most dangerous of things; a vote.

Once you have pushed and bullied the little person into using that vote, then they will continue to use that vote until they think they have buried you.

The only possible way out of this mess is to do what I advocated right from the beginning.

Do not Price Carbon out of the Market.  Produce OTE for renewables.  Make it worth More than carbon to switch.

Do not produce CFL's which are poisonous, shoddily made and very little longer lasting than an incandescent bulb and produces poor quality light; then tell people that it's "good" because it uses 30% less electricity.  LED's were always the way and their potential is way greater than the incandescent bulbs.  But, hey, CFL is there now and we're never going to get rid of it.

If you want businesses to go where they need to go, you do not punish them into submission.  You lead them to opportunity.  Because they will always trend to the easiest and best profit regardless to the damage it is doing the liveable biosphere.

We have reaped what we sowed.  Now we need to find a way of turning it around, properly, so that we have a sustainable path (politically), to a sustainable climate and a sustainable biosphere.

I spend a lot of time saying "I told you so".  It's not a place I like being in times like this.  But it is what it is.

This is another dark day out of many dark days on the way to climate Armageddon.  Hopefully we will learn something from it.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on January 21, 2017, 01:32:32 PM
Sadly, with Trump, what you see is what you get.  He told people what he was going to do and now he's doing it.  How shocking is that???

a good point. people are so much used to all of them uttering one lie after an other, especially while campaigning, that probably not many took his verbal excesses for real. while the most stupid fellow humans will still acclaim now, i'm quite sure that some voters who voted for that guy are starting get a bad gut-feeling. at least i hope so :-)

you get what you see is theoretically exactly my way and what i advertise all over the place whenever i can, but of course it's necessary to LOOK carefully, so to SEE something to make appropriate decisions and most people are blindly stumbling through there "EGO-CENTERED" live with mostly low level instincts driven interest. we all know the story about the sheep following their lead over the cliff and we are animals with the urge to belong to a group after all. the only difference is the capability, the willingness to reflect on what we are doing and even more difficult, to overcome our lower instincts in favour of what we think is right.

considering how few that leaves who at least do their best to do things right according to their best knowledge, we are where we are now, again, what we see (know) is what we get, just that it's not opportune nowadays to name things, hypocrisy is "TRUMP" while this is probably one of the things which the man with that name is not LOL
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 21, 2017, 02:03:00 PM
...
You do not constantly take away people's choices on energy and replace it with a lack of choice...

Meaning? What energy choices have been taken away?...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: wili on January 21, 2017, 05:50:12 PM
Trump just canceled National Park Service's twitter account because they showed how poorly attended his inauguration. The censorship and pettiness has begun. And of course this hinders NSPs ability to rally support when he starts mountaintop removal and other destructive extractive activities.

The energy plan is called 'American First' an old (and current) US Nazi Party slogan.

We in the US are now living in a one-party fascist state
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: logicmanPatrick on January 21, 2017, 09:15:45 PM
Trump just canceled National Park Service's twitter account because they showed how poorly attended his inauguration. The censorship and pettiness has begun. And of course this hinders NSPs ability to rally support when he starts mountaintop removal and other destructive extractive activities.

The energy plan is called 'American First' an old (and current) US Nazi Party slogan.

We in the US are now living in a one-party fascist state

Twitter restored, apparently, but this is a very odd reason for deleting posts -

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National Park Service spokesman Thomas Crosson declined to comment on the tweeting ban, according to The Post. But he said that it is against Park Service policy to estimate the size of crowds at events, because they are often inaccurate.

 thenewstribune.com (http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article127890279.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: MrVisible on January 21, 2017, 09:21:12 PM
Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist to President Donald Trump and co-author of yesterday's inaugural address, used to be in charge of the Biosphere 2 project (http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-strange-history-of-steve-bannon-and-the-biosphere-2-experiment).

"A lot of the scientists who are studying global change and studying the effects of greenhouse gases, many of them feel that the Earth's atmosphere in 100 years is what Biosphere 2's atmosphere is today. We have extraordinarily high CO2, we have very high nitrous oxide, we have high methane. And we have lower oxygen content. So the power of this place is allowing those scientists who are really involved in the study of global change, and which, in the outside world or Biosphere 1, really have to work with just computer simulation, this actually allows them to study and monitor the impact of enhanced CO2 and other greenhouse gases on humans, plants, and animals."

He went on to found the climate-change denying Breitbart network, and leveraged that to put Trump in the Presidency.

These aren't people who don't believe in climate change. These are people who are using climate change denial as a position of political advantage. It gives them access to a huge bloc of voters who are easily swayed.

Just remember that when they claim not to believe in climate change, they're lying. It calls for different tactics.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 21, 2017, 10:51:36 PM
Meaning? What energy choices have been taken away?...

It is always useful to know the other side of the argument.  Because what we know is to come, in the next few decades, is less important to the masses than what is coming tomorrow.

So when we talk about choices we need to see how people who are not yet convinced about clean power see (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/lost-electricity-generation-capacity-7x-higher-epa-estimates).

Then when you look at the real time generation/demand figures (http://www.eia.gov/beta/realtime_grid/#/summary/demand?end=20170121&start=20161221) people start to get worried.

Then when you factor in that coal provides 41% of US power generation and the sum total of all renewables in the country comes to 14.3% (http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2014/08/us-renewable-electrical-generation-hits-14-3-percent.html) people worry even more.  Especially they worry that in deep winter or high summer there simply won't be the power available for the lives they expect.

That is taking away choices and no matter how needed it is, no matter how warranted it is, unless a clear and viable strategy evolves to show them how they are going to get the same power today and more power in the future, for the same cost base, then they see it as a reduction in choice.

Not pretty is it?  It is what brings people like Trump to power.  Obama did a lot but explained less.  He made things happen but did not give options, just outcomes.

So long as people don't have a vote that doesn't matter. Witness the EU commission and council of ministers and what they have done on climate.  When people do have a vote, the way you present things really does matter.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 22, 2017, 12:13:12 AM
Nobody is taking away coal. Markets decided.  It becomes more expensive vs natural gas since natural gas combined cyclebhas become so much more efficient and cheaper. If solar becomes much cheaper it will naturally increase in capacity. If a town or city wants a coal boiler go ahead. Spend more money.
 
That is why coal has declined... Same for nuclear and other choices...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: logicmanPatrick on January 22, 2017, 06:54:07 PM
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Fearing White House Purge Of Climate Science, Scientists Frantically Copying Data
 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2017/01/22/white-house-begins-purging-climate-change-science/#2a7fd0656409)

In 2014, the Military Advisory Board came out with a report, called National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change, that discusses what the military sees as the threats of climate change and the actions to be taken to mitigate them:

“The potential security ramifications of global climate change should be serving as catalysts for cooperation and change. Instead, climate change impacts are already accelerating instability in vulnerable areas of the world and are serving as catalysts for conflict.”

<<Oops, this website was also taken down, but I did copy the information>>

Get that report from archive.org (http://web.archive.org/web/20150310213615/http://www.cna.org/reports/accelerating-risks) before Trump's team torpedos it completely.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 23, 2017, 01:06:49 AM
Nobody is taking away coal. Markets decided. 

It helps if you actually read the linked articles.  Because, believe me, those shouting loudest do read them.  So here are the relevant points of the "first" (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/lost-electricity-generation-capacity-7x-higher-epa-estimates) article I linked.

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Power plants generating 72 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in 37 states have either closed or are scheduled to shut their doors to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations

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The loss of generating capacity is “over seven times the amount originally predicted by EPA modeling,”

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“Originally, EPA calculated that only 9.5 GW of electrical generating capacity would close as a result of its MATS (Mercury and Air Toxics Standard) and CSAPR (Cross State Air Pollution Rule) rules,”

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Before President Obama’s newly proposed [carbon dioxide] regulations on existing power plants even begin to take effect, however, it is clear that actual number will now be much higher,”
(bold and underline are mine)

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Over 94 percent of the closures involve coal-fired power plants, which currently provide one-fifth of the nation’s electricity, even though coal was the only fuel that was able to keep up with the higher demand during last January's polar vortex.

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Coal accounts for the majority (41 percent) of the fuel generated for PJM's section of the grid, followed by nuclear (18 percent), natural gas (16 percent), and oil (6 percent)

People read this stuff.  They say "why the hell are you taking my energy away and replacing it with renewable crap".

Enacting laws and directives to remove energy from the grid, without a coherent plan which replaces that energy with the same, or preferably more" energy from a source which is cleaner, is viewed as taking away people's energy choice.

I'm just the messenger.  Shoot me if you want, but, please, don't ignore the articles I link then spout something, unsubstantiated, which is not true.  That's Trump's job.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 23, 2017, 01:39:46 AM
Look, if you like eating mercury laden fish, go ahead keep polluting plants open. Or if you like your NOx and SOx in your air.

If nothing else EPA is severely understaffed to monitor what needs monitoring.

We should have never installed scrubbers anywhere then because that reduces people's choices. Welcome back acid rain because we need our energy and our choices. Seriously ?

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: sidd on January 23, 2017, 01:45:06 AM
If indeed coal plant closures were affecting grid reliability, i do not see it in the prices at PJM or the other markets. In fact i see utilities rushing to put in more solar, wind, natgas and powering/repowering hydro.

coal is dead. utilities recognize this already.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 23, 2017, 02:09:53 AM
I think that one issue that is worth noting is that the US justice system is an adversarial system, much like the currently polarized US political system has become.  And in the US justice system (which Donald Trump is well practiced at manipulating) the two opposing sides are allowed to present lies ('alternate facts') for the jury to sift through.  Thus just as Mitch McConnell was able to circumvent the US Constitution by refusing to give Obama's Supreme Count nominee a hearing, without any meaningful consequences from the voters in the last election; it may well be possible for the Trump administration to use 'alternate facts' (to lie) to damage climate science so long as the American voters do not hold the GOP accountable for the consequences of such amoral acts (no matter what science indicates to be the actual facts).

Edit, the linked article entitled: "White House vows to fight media 'tooth and nail' over Trump coverage", is Exhibit A that in the US political system the Trump Administration feels justified in creating 'alternate facts' (lies) to maintain its 'legitimacy' (control of power in a 'democracy').

https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-says-media-delegitimizing-trump-says-wont-144814317.html (https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-says-media-delegitimizing-trump-says-wont-144814317.html)

Extract: "The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media "tooth and nail" over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented "alternative facts" to counter low inauguration crowd estimates.

On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a "running war" with the media and accused journalists of underestimating the number of people who turned out Friday for his swearing-in.

White House officials made clear no truce was on the horizon on Sunday in television interviews that set a much harsher tone in the traditionally adversarial relationship between the White House and the press corps.

"The point is not the crowd size. The point is the attacks and the attempt to delegitimize this president in one day. And we're not going to sit around and take it," Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday.""

See also the following linked article entitled: "Trump’s war on the truth"

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Trump-s-war-on-the-truth-10875671.php (http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Trump-s-war-on-the-truth-10875671.php)

Extract: "President Trump’s White House wasted no time in coming up with a term for its propaganda: “alternative facts.” On his first full day in office, the new president told CIA employees he had a “running war with the media” and then escalated it by accusing journalists of distorting the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

“We caught them in a beauty,” Trump said of the news media, “and I think they’re going to pay a big price.”

Trump also made the ludicrous argument that his feud with the intelligence community was a media creation."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 23, 2017, 09:03:01 AM
Look, if you like eating mercury laden fish, go ahead keep polluting plants open. Or if you like your NOx and SOx in your air.

If nothing else EPA is severely understaffed to monitor what needs monitoring.

We should have never installed scrubbers anywhere then because that reduces people's choices. Welcome back acid rain because we need our energy and our choices. Seriously ?

You didn't get the point.  Not One Single Word of it.

It does not matter for one second what I think.  It matters what 51% of the voters think and I'm telling you that the voters see reduction in choices and quality of life (not about eating mercury by the way they don't even see that), from the actions to curb climate change.

I am not discussing the impact of climate change or the coal power itself.  I am discussion the impression the climate mitigation actions have made and the use Trump is making of those impressions.

There is no point in discussing this further if you keep throwing things at me that I have known for 25 years instead of reading and understanding what I have said.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 23, 2017, 09:11:05 AM
If indeed coal plant closures were affecting grid reliability, i do not see it in the prices at PJM or the other markets. In fact i see utilities rushing to put in more solar, wind, natgas and powering/repowering hydro.

coal is dead. utilities recognize this already.

Natural Gas from Fracking has  become the cheapest form of energy there is, currently.  So it is the fastest growing form of power generation, just as it was in the UK when the North Sea oil fields started producing huge quantities of cheap natural gas.

Renewables are 13% of the grid after huge government investment in pushing the renewable energy agenda.  Natural Gas has grown faster and is still a net CO2 producer.

If you take your viewpoint offline for a second and see it from the viewpoint of the man in the street who could give a damn about the slow moving climate change, you see that after 20 years renewables have only gone 13% of the grid.  Yet in the next decade or so they expect to lose 41% of the grid powered by coal (should the restrictions come into effect that Obama signed).

Is it any wonder that they are voting to halt this action?  I'm not surprised.  It is self destructive action from a population that should be clamouring for coal to be replaced wholesale by clean or cleaner energy.  I may not agree with them but I totally understand their viewpoint from their narrow view of reality.

This whole position of mine is not about what you or I believe or what you or I think about what is happening.  It is about what the administration has communicated and what the person on the street sees.

Until we up our game and the climate aware administration ups their game, then Trump's will be voted in.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 23, 2017, 05:38:41 PM
Will Fowler:  Trump administration doesn't just want to restrict the EPA now they want to cripple it permanently. Deeply alarming

The 1 thing: Trump's first acts
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Big plans for EPA

Super Swan got his hands on the Trump team's "Agency Action" plan for the EPA. It's a tightly-held document that fleshes out Trump's campaign promises to gut the agency. It's the handiwork of Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment. Trump appointed Ebell, a prominent opponent of climate change activists, to lead the EPA transition.

Our takeaway: Environmental Protection Agency is set for an absolute hammering under Trump.

The deets:

—"Potential opportunities for budget reductions": A category that includes $513 million in cuts to the "states and tribal assistance grants" … $193 million in savings from terminating climate programs … $109 million in savings from "environment programs and management."

Listed as initiatives to stop: "Clean Air Act greenhouse gas regulations for new (NSPS) and existing (ESPS or the 'Clean Power' Plan) coal and natural gas power plants … [CAFE] Standards … Clean Water Section 404: Waters of the U.S. Rule (wetlands) … TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) for Chesapeake Bay.

"Key opportunities": "Issue an executive order barring EPA from overruling federal/state regulatory/permit decisions unless in clear violation of established law."

Changing the way the EPA uses science: "Unless major reforms of the agency's use of science and economics are achieved, EPA will be able to return to its bad old ways as soon as an establishment administration takes office."
https://www.axios.com/axios-am-2207230091.html (https://www.axios.com/axios-am-2207230091.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 23, 2017, 07:54:55 PM
Back in Obama's first term I spent a lot of time defending Obama and what he was doing on climate.  When the climate lobby were shouting about him not "doing enough" or "saying enough", I was standing up and shouting "who cares get behind him and PUSH".

The end result? As I feared!  Those who don't listen properly and can't be bothered to look only heard "Obama is doing it wrong" and they heard it from "US", not from the corrosive coal lobby.

"Tell them he's doing the right thing" I said.  So, despite us, the climate lobby, he achieved great things.

Then he had to stand down and all those who heard the climate lobby saying Obama was wrong were swayed by Trump and his "Destroying America" platform.

Now where are we?  Spilt milk and tears.  Trump, yet again, has done exactly what he said.

There are times when I really, really detest having to say "I told you so".  This is one of them.

However, on the upside, Trump also promised to the NATO nations who did not put in their 2%; that he would not come to their aid....  Germany, the 4th largest economy in the world and the largest economy in Europe, 1.1%.  When Vlad comes calling I'm sure "we spent it on the budget deficit" will go down really well.  Bring a crocodile tear to my eye that will.

When I say "tell them what your plan is and how you are going to replace coal fired baseload power", I'm seriously NOT joking.  When I say shut up about TAX and talk about opportunity, I'm seriously NOT joking.  When I say shut up about price on carbon and start talking about how "cheap" solar, wind, tidal and geothermal are, I am seriously NOT joking.

Because if we don't change our way of communicating to the individual with a vote, those individuals are going to stampede us off the cliff and we're going to go over with them.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 23, 2017, 08:10:53 PM
Will Fowler:  Trump administration doesn't just want to restrict the EPA now they want to cripple it permanently. Deeply alarming

The related linked article is entitled: "Donald Trump is getting ready to hammer the EPA".

http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/1/23/14356652/trump-epa-regulations (http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/1/23/14356652/trump-epa-regulations)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 04:42:11 AM
Looks like administration muzzling of science on Day 3 isn't unique to the EPA—U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service also ordered not to share info with the public.
https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/823734011943993344 (https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/823734011943993344)

ARS mission: To lead USA towards a better future thru agricultural research https://www.ars.usda.gov/research/programs (https://www.ars.usda.gov/research/programs) & https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/ (https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/)
https://twitter.com/larry_parnell/status/823706429605445632 (https://twitter.com/larry_parnell/status/823706429605445632)

Full mission: ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:
1) ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; 
2) assess the nutritional needs of Americans; 
3) sustain a competitive agricultural economy;
4) enhance the natural resource base and environment and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on January 24, 2017, 06:29:37 AM
Thanks sigmetnow for keeping us informed about the extent of denialism in the current US government. I'll assume the black cars will soon be coming for bee farmers complaining about CCD
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 24, 2017, 06:32:33 AM
Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment.
For those not familiar with Ebell, he was one of seven “climate criminals” wanted for “destroying our future.” according to posters put up by activist groups during the 2015 Paris talks. Not that that means anything, but as a contrarian activist he's been one of the most persistent and well-organised global warming deniers over the years.

More on Ebell's EPA paper at the Independent:

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Donald Trump plans to 'reform' the way environmental agency uses science, report claims

Donald Trump is planning to "reform" the way that the Environmental Protection Agency uses science, according to a new report.
The new claim comes just days after the first thing on the new White House was an energy policy that called for the EPA to focus primarily on clean air and water, and not on its climate change activity. That same document didn't mention global warming at all – and neither does any other post on the administration's website.

That same approach appears to have carried on to the changes in the way that the EPA will use science in its work. A new document from inside the Trump camp says that the administration will seek to "reform" how the agency uses information.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/donald-trump-plan-reform-epa-environmental-protection-agency-science-climate-change-report-a7542191.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/donald-trump-plan-reform-epa-environmental-protection-agency-science-climate-change-report-a7542191.html)

The use of language is frightening, redolent of book burning, and Orwellian doublespeak.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 24, 2017, 06:58:16 AM
Not that this has anything directly to do with science, but it's of a piece:

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Trump Declares His Inauguration Date as ‘Day of Patriotic Devotion’

Donald Trump on Friday issued a proclamation declaring January 20, 2017, the day of his inauguration, a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.” The decree was uploaded to the Federal Register on Monday and spotted by journalist Ken Klippenstein. The document is scheduled for official publication on Tuesday. “I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country—and to renew the duties of Government to the people,” the decree reads.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/23/trump-sets-day-of-patriotic-devotion.html (http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/23/trump-sets-day-of-patriotic-devotion.html)

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/24/2017-01798/special-observances-national-day-of-patriotic-devotion-proc-9570 (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/24/2017-01798/special-observances-national-day-of-patriotic-devotion-proc-9570)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on January 24, 2017, 07:06:24 AM
ClimatechangePsychology took a snapshot from the wikipedia page of The new climate change denier head of CIA anticipating much rewrite. Hopefully this gets to be stored outside US too :  http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html (http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 24, 2017, 09:36:54 AM
ClimatechangePsychology took a snapshot from the wikipedia page of The new climate change denier head of CIA anticipating much rewrite. Hopefully this gets to be stored outside US too :  http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html (http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html)
Clearly a very capable man: a mechanical engineer before he became a lawyer, and first in his class at West Point is no small achievement. So, what causes him to reject mainstream science and become a climate contrarian? It just doesn't scan.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 24, 2017, 01:02:12 PM
The music has become louder...

EPA grants frozen : http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5886825be4b0e3a7356b575f?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009 (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5886825be4b0e3a7356b575f?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 01:09:54 PM
More on the EPA freeze.  Is dirty the new clean?

Trump Administration Imposes Freeze On EPA Grants and Contracts
Quote
The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a move that could affect a significant part of the agency’s budget allocations and even threaten to disrupt core operations ranging from toxic cleanups to water quality testing, according to records and interviews.

In one email exchange obtained by ProPublica on Monday, an EPA contracting officer concluded a note to a storm water management employee this way:

“Right now we are in a holding pattern. The new EPA administration has asked that all contract and grant awards be temporarily suspended, effective immediately. Until we receive further clarification, this includes task orders and work assignments.”
...
Monday night, Myron Ebell, who ran the EPA transition for the incoming administration, confirmed the basics of the freeze, but said the actions were not unprecedented.

“They’re trying to freeze things to make sure nothing happens they don’t want to have happen, so any regulations going forward, contracts, grants, hires, they want to make sure to look at them first,” said Ebell, who returned over the weekend to his position directing energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market, industry-aligned group that has long fought the EPA’s growth and influence....
https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-administration-imposes-freeze-on-epa-grants-and-contracts (https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-administration-imposes-freeze-on-epa-grants-and-contracts)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 24, 2017, 01:11:55 PM
Climate Change still mentioned at DOE website. How log before it is scrubbed??

https://www.energy.gov/science-innovation/climate-change (https://www.energy.gov/science-innovation/climate-change)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 01:23:32 PM
In this 9-minute video of DT speaking at the start of his "business leaders" meeting yesterday, he mentions "reducing regulations by 75%" to lessen the burdens on manufacturing.

“We want to start making our products again”: President Trump meets with business leaders
https://twitter.com/cnn/status/823539914054782976
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 24, 2017, 01:41:42 PM
In this 9-minute video of DT speaking at the start of his "business leaders" meeting, he mentions "reducing regulations by 75%" to lessen the burdens on manufacturing.

“We want to start making our products again”: President Trump meets with business leaders
https://twitter.com/cnn/status/823539914054782976

No matter what the cost to the environment. Look at the Chinese billionaires. The produced their products, made their money.  Who cares if the population is dying of cancer, asthma and many other ailments. We want some of that too!! They want jobs right...We'll give them some.... /Sarc off


 
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 04:04:06 PM
When your leader is bonkers, don't call attention to yourself.

CDC Cancels Conference on Climate Change and Health
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The government's top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn't saying why publicly.

But a co-sponsor was told by the Centers for Disease and Prevention that the agency was worried how the conference would be viewed by the Trump administration.
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-cancels-conference-climate-change-health-n711076 (http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-cancels-conference-climate-change-health-n711076)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 04:33:29 PM
Reuters:  BREAKING: Trump, at automaker CEO meeting, cites pledge to cut regulations, says environmentalism is out of control.
https://twitter.com/reuters/status/823898807519809537
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 05:55:52 PM
Every step you take, every move you make, we'll be watching you.

Climate Regulations Under a Watchful Internet Eye
Bracing for a rollback, website run by Columbia Law School alerts any time President Trump or Congress change a rule involving climate change or energy.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23012017/climate-change-regulations-donald-trump-columbia-law-school
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: ritter on January 24, 2017, 06:43:36 PM
This is just insane. The guy has kids. Is he so hollow that their future means nothing compared to money and power? Sociopath?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 09:15:04 PM
This is just insane. The guy has kids. Is he so hollow that their future means nothing compared to money and power? Sociopath?

I'm thinking dementia, actually.  That would explain the continual lying, forgetting, illogic, and inability to alter his abnormal social behavior (e.g., 3am tweets).
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 09:43:41 PM
@sinderbrand:  Reminder for federal workers getting silence orders this week: here's a secure way to reach the Washington Post:  washingtonpost.com/securedrop/

https://twitter.com/sinderbrand/status/823963818384564224
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 09:47:39 PM
The National Park Service (which is responsible for the parks and monuments in Washington, D.C.) was recently ordered to stop all tweeting (after someone tweeted comparison pics of recent inauguration crowd sizes).  So this is happening:


Eric Holthaus:  The Badlands National Park account is currently engaged in an act of radical political resistance by tweeting —facts and science—

https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/823994490771816449

@kate_sheppard:  I salute you, Badlands National Park tweeter who is probably going to get fired but is going out in style.
https://twitter.com/kate_sheppard/status/823992434992574464


Badlands National Park:  Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate
https://twitter.com/badlandsnps/status/823978872152715265
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 09:59:22 PM
Inside Climate News:  Protesters are heading back to the White House, this time in response to Trump's executive orders on #DAPL and #KXL
https://twitter.com/insideclimate/status/823992543532777472 (https://twitter.com/insideclimate/status/823992543532777472)

350.org: TODAY: Rally at White House against Keystone XL and Dakota Access. facebook.com/events/3740606… #noKXL #noDAPL #resist
https://twitter.com/350/status/823940502894551040 (https://twitter.com/350/status/823940502894551040)

350.org co-founder Bill McKibben issued a statement declaring the moment "a dark day for reason, but we will continue the fight."
Tsunami of Outrage, Vows of Resistance Follow Trump's Pipeline Order
"We will resist this with all of our power and we will continue to build the future the world wants to see," said Greenpeace's Annie Leonard
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/24/tsunami-outrage-vows-resistance-follow-trumps-pipeline-order (http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/24/tsunami-outrage-vows-resistance-follow-trumps-pipeline-order)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 10:08:53 PM
Alex Steffen:  If you don't live in California, you probably aren't hearing about the degree of mobilization happening now. Unlike anything I've ever seen.
  Every single Californian I know isn't just bracing for battle w the Trump gang, they're eager for it—for action and change. Truly inspiring.
https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/823984159668346880

@kellygarvy:  @AlexSteffen oh we are mobilizing here in NC!
https://twitter.com/kellygarvy/status/823984425964867584
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Buddy on January 24, 2017, 10:13:06 PM
May need to adjust the title of the thread:

"Trump Administration Assaults on Science, Math, Spanish, Reality, etc...etc....etc..."

 :o

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2017, 10:15:10 PM
Federal Workers Told To Halt External Communication In First Week Under Trump
Staff have been told to stop talking to Congress and the press.
Quote
WASHINGTON ― Multiple federal agencies have told their employees to cease communications with members of Congress and the press, sources have told The Huffington Post.

The freeze has startled aides on the Hill and people at those agencies, who worry that it could abruptly upend current operations and stifle work and discussions that routinely take place between branches of government.

Officials at sub-agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, for example, have been told not to send “any correspondence to public officials” according to a memo shared with HuffPost. Instead, they have been asked to refer questions to agency leadership until the leadership has had time to meet with incoming White House staff about the new administration’s policies and objectives, according to a congressional official who was also informed of the communications freeze.

An official with the National Institutes of Health told HuffPost after the initial publication of this piece that an email had been sent to the directors of NIH institutes and centers providing guidance from HHS on how to handle new or pending regulation, policy or guidance.

“The HHS guidance instructs HHS Operating Divisions to hold on publishing new rules or guidance in the Federal Register or other public forums and discussing them with public officials until the Administration has had an opportunity to review them,” the official said....
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-communication-freeze_us_58878b3ae4b0441a8f7114e2 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-communication-freeze_us_58878b3ae4b0441a8f7114e2)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: ritter on January 24, 2017, 10:23:29 PM
USDA and EPA under gag order. EPA grants frozen--this is really bad if you like clean air and water.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/24/white-house-temporarily-freezes-epa-grants-contracts.html (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/24/white-house-temporarily-freezes-epa-grants-contracts.html)

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 24, 2017, 10:40:10 PM
Quote
Trump seeks 'balance' on climate — spokesman

Robin Bravender

January 23, 2017

E&E News

698 Words

President Trump is looking to "balance" environmental policies with economic growth, his spokesman told reporters today.

         In his first formal press briefing from the White House, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about the president's plans for addressing climate change.

         "I think he's going to meet with his team, figure out what policies are best for the environment," Spicer said.

He actually said that we a straight face...??


Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 24, 2017, 11:52:53 PM
He actually said that we a straight face...??

Of course he did.  This is not about what we believe or what we know. This is about what he believes.

I must admit that I'm reading through the thread at the manic organisation and focus on Trump and what he's doing.  It's as if people didn't believe he would do what he said.  That they believed he was really a politician even though he is not.

All of this saving of scientific data and organising to oppose Trump in any way should have started the second he won the nomination.  But it seems that everyone was waiting to see if he would do what he said.

For anyone in any doubt, the only way Trump is not going to do what he has promised over the next 4 years is if he is impeached for his refusal to divest his business portfolio.

Best to keep that in mind.

I'm British, not American. So I have, essentially, no influence over him in any way, not even a single vote.

In Britain we're kind of focused on getting out of the EU right now and climate and Trump is taking a back seat except where Trump impacts our negotiations.  I've been telling the Brits I talk to for months now; Trump will do what he says.  They were dubious and expected him to Politick his way through his first 3 months.  Probably the way many Americans have.  After all the 100 day honeymoon is traditional isn't it.

Day1 must have been a pretty big wakeup call.  Day2 even more so.

Trump fully intends that no more state or federal funds will go to promoting climate change actions over business expansion and jobs.  If anyone is in doubt, better to save everything they can now because it's going to be a rough ride.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 12:09:55 AM
See #40 above. 

Here are the —now deleted— tweets from @BadlandsNPS. As you can see, all statements of objective fact about climate science. Heroic.

https://twitter.com/athertonkd/status/824021109515259904
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 25, 2017, 12:10:34 AM
This is just insane. The guy has kids. Is he so hollow that their future means nothing compared to money and power? Sociopath?

I'm thinking dementia, actually.  That would explain the continual lying, forgetting, illogic, and inability to alter his abnormal social behavior (e.g., 3am tweets).

Per the linked article by Joe Romm is entitled: ""Flawed individuals will victimize you", Trump is almost certainly has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, NPD. The article states that a top FBI profiler classifies Trump as an extreme narcissists, and has very little empathy.

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/10/an-fbi-profiler-explains-trumps-narcissism_partner/ (http://www.salon.com/2016/12/10/an-fbi-profiler-explains-trumps-narcissism_partner/)

Extract: "There are 130 warning signs of the narcissistic personality.  Trump checks off at least 90.

As Navarro told me, "the purpose is to warn people that these traits are fixed and rigid" and that those who possess them in the extreme are a danger to everyone they have power or influence over."

Edit, see also the following linked article about the dark side of emotional intelligence, EI, and narcissists:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/05/when-emotional-intelligence-goes-wrong/389546/ (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/05/when-emotional-intelligence-goes-wrong/389546/)

Extract: "… scores of researchers have shown how being in touch with feelings—both your own and other people’s—gives you an edge: compared with people who have average EI, those with high EI do better at work, have fewer health problems, and report greater life satisfaction.
There’s a catch, though: other researchers have recently examined what they call “the dark side” of EI, and their findings suggest an unnerving link between understanding people and using them. Last year, a group of Austrian psychologists reported a correlation between EI and narcissism, raising the possibility that narcissists with high EI might use their “charming, interesting, and even seductive” qualities for “malicious purposes,” such as deceiving others. Similarly, a 2014 study linked “narcissistic exploitativeness” with “emotion recognition”—those who were prone to manipulating others were better at reading them."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 25, 2017, 12:14:53 AM
AbruptSLR,

I guess you've never served in the Army....   ;D ;D ;D

That describes 90% of the people I worked alongside there.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 25, 2017, 12:20:01 AM
AbruptSLR,

I guess you've never served in the Army....   ;D ;D ;D

That describes 90% of the people I worked alongside there.

Maybe having extreme narcissistic personality disorder is what makes them dangerous :P
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 25, 2017, 12:49:03 AM
To supplement my earlier post, the linked article is entitled: "Trump is an extreme narcissist, and it only gets worse from here".

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/01/24/trump-extreme-narcissist-and-only-gets-worse-from-here/qsN4papNJY2JGzBveiJnEI/story.html (https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/01/24/trump-extreme-narcissist-and-only-gets-worse-from-here/qsN4papNJY2JGzBveiJnEI/story.html)

See also:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-first-days-inside-trumps-white-house-fury-tumult-and-a-reboot/2017/01/23/7ceef1b0-e191-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?postshare=191485222707286&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.bca2d7bd873a (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-first-days-inside-trumps-white-house-fury-tumult-and-a-reboot/2017/01/23/7ceef1b0-e191-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?postshare=191485222707286&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.bca2d7bd873a)

&

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marcia-sirota/extreme-narcissists_b_14295728.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marcia-sirota/extreme-narcissists_b_14295728.html)

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 25, 2017, 12:49:34 AM
ClimatechangePsychology took a snapshot from the wikipedia page of The new climate change denier head of CIA anticipating much rewrite. Hopefully this gets to be stored outside US too :  http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html (http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html)
Clearly a very capable man: a mechanical engineer before he became a lawyer, and first in his class at West Point is no small achievement. So, what causes him to reject mainstream science and become a climate contrarian? It just doesn't scan.

Robert E Lee was #2 in his USMA class, and we know what he was willing to do to the United States.  The Academies are full of exceptional men and women, but there are also plenty of "true believers".
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 25, 2017, 12:53:17 AM
ClimatechangePsychology took a snapshot from the wikipedia page of The new climate change denier head of CIA anticipating much rewrite. Hopefully this gets to be stored outside US too :  http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html (http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html)
Clearly a very capable man: a mechanical engineer before he became a lawyer, and first in his class at West Point is no small achievement. So, what causes him to reject mainstream science and become a climate contrarian? It just doesn't scan.

Robert E Lee was #2 in his USMA class, and we know what he was willing to do to the United States.  The Academies are full of exceptional men and women, but there are also plenty of "true believers".

You have to be true believer by design....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 25, 2017, 12:56:24 AM
In this 9-minute video of DT speaking at the start of his "business leaders" meeting yesterday, he mentions "reducing regulations by 75%" to lessen the burdens on manufacturing.

“We want to start making our products again”: President Trump meets with business leaders
https://twitter.com/cnn/status/823539914054782976

Business and corporate America will generally either seize on this opportunity, or drift there with a shrug of metaphorical shoulders, "the government said we could"

As consumers, employees, or share holders, if we observe businesses and corporations turning to environmental degradation (beyond what exists today) based on a loosening controls structure, we need to hold them accountable with our $$ and with our voices.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 25, 2017, 01:01:53 AM
In this 9-minute video of DT speaking at the start of his "business leaders" meeting yesterday, he mentions "reducing regulations by 75%" to lessen the burdens on manufacturing.

“We want to start making our products again”: President Trump meets with business leaders
https://twitter.com/cnn/status/823539914054782976

Business and corporate America will generally either seize on this opportunity, or drift there with a shrug of metaphorical shoulders, "the government said we could"

As consumers, employees, or share holders, if we observe businesses and corporations turning to environmental degradation (beyond what exists today) based on a loosening controls structure, we need to hold them accountable with our $$ and with our voices.

Opportunists maybe. Companies with a long history (or future) will weigh current but also future possible regulations. If they have international operations will also look to EU and Canada/Asia. They won't relax for 4 years only to have to pay bigly in the next change. It will be a long wait and see...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 25, 2017, 01:08:51 AM
It was one thing to control or suppress information in the 1930s or 40s, or even today in say North Korea, but it's an entirely different proposition in the US in 2017.  If the nonsense regarding lies and suppression continues from the new admin, there will likely be a growing set of counter measures and resistance from various sectors of the US.  There is clearly a significant part of the US population that will play along with Dear Leader Trump, but there is a larger contingent that will not roll over, and will push back.  We just need to rise to the challenge, and pick our spots.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 25, 2017, 01:13:49 AM
In this 9-minute video of DT speaking at the start of his "business leaders" meeting yesterday, he mentions "reducing regulations by 75%" to lessen the burdens on manufacturing.

“We want to start making our products again”: President Trump meets with business leaders
https://twitter.com/cnn/status/823539914054782976

Business and corporate America will generally either seize on this opportunity, or drift there with a shrug of metaphorical shoulders, "the government said we could"

As consumers, employees, or share holders, if we observe businesses and corporations turning to environmental degradation (beyond what exists today) based on a loosening controls structure, we need to hold them accountable with our $$ and with our voices.

Opportunists maybe. Companies with a long history (or future) will weigh current but also future possible regulations. If they have international operations will also look to EU and Canada/Asia. They won't relax for 4 years only to have to pay bigly in the next change. It will be a long wait and see...

I agree in that large established organizations, with high brand recognition and value, along with internal ethics and values, are much more likely to "do the right thing" WRT to the environment, carbon footprint, and renewables.  If they try otherwise employees will be the first to stand up and object.

We need to worry about the obvious companies, in the FF and energy sectors, mass agriculture and manufacturing, and elsewhere, that are less inclined to operate from a position of values and concern for the environment.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 25, 2017, 01:18:04 AM
In this 9-minute video of DT speaking at the start of his "business leaders" meeting yesterday, he mentions "reducing regulations by 75%" to lessen the burdens on manufacturing.

“We want to start making our products again”: President Trump meets with business leaders
https://twitter.com/cnn/status/823539914054782976

Business and corporate America will generally either seize on this opportunity, or drift there with a shrug of metaphorical shoulders, "the government said we could"

As consumers, employees, or share holders, if we observe businesses and corporations turning to environmental degradation (beyond what exists today) based on a loosening controls structure, we need to hold them accountable with our $$ and with our voices.

Opportunists maybe. Companies with a long history (or future) will weigh current but also future possible regulations. If they have international operations will also look to EU and Canada/Asia. They won't relax for 4 years only to have to pay bigly in the next change. It will be a long wait and see...

I agree in that large established organizations, with high brand recognition and value, along with internal ethics and values, are much more likely to "do the right thing" WRT to the environment, carbon footprint, and renewables.  If they try otherwise employees will be the first to stand up and object.

We need to worry about the obvious companies, in the FF and energy sectors, mass agriculture and manufacturing, and elsewhere, that are less inclined to operate from a position of values and concern for the environment.

If you think that companies fhat you put in the second category like examplr ExxonMobil, do not have ethics and values that are similar to other large corporations ( that you include in the first category ) you are making a big mistake. And they will rise up...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 25, 2017, 07:09:39 AM
ClimatechangePsychology took a snapshot from the wikipedia page of The new climate change denier head of CIA anticipating much rewrite. Hopefully this gets to be stored outside US too :  http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html (http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.fi/2017/01/our-new-cia-head-mike-pompeo-tea-party.html)
Clearly a very capable man: a mechanical engineer before he became a lawyer, and first in his class at West Point is no small achievement. So, what causes him to reject mainstream science and become a climate contrarian? It just doesn't scan.

Robert E Lee was #2 in his USMA class, and we know what he was willing to do to the United States.  The Academies are full of exceptional men and women, but there are also plenty of "true believers".
pileus, I think in this case the reason is money. Pompeo went into the pipeline business after the army and is employed by the gas industry. A startling state of affairs, when the man is responsible for providing facts about national security issues.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 25, 2017, 07:12:56 AM
Quote
A US national park has posted a series of tweets about climate change that were later deleted.
"Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate," said one of the tweets.
The posts by Badlands National Park in South Dakota were widely shared but had all been removed by Tuesday evening.
The National Park Service shut its own Twitter operation briefly on Friday after an apparent clampdown.
The park service had retweeted photos about turnout at President Donald Trump's inauguration.
But the accounts were reactivated the next day after an apology for "mistaken" retweets.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38740205 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38740205)

Go Badlands.

According to some reports, there now a blanket ban on National Park Service employees communicating with the public. Which, if true, is not only outrageous, but obviously dangerous. [Correction, only by press or social media]
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Cid_Yama on January 25, 2017, 07:32:58 AM
Well, that's it.  No more US climate change information will be forthcoming.

Start at 13:40

All EPA Grants and Contracts Frozen

link (http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-actions-affirm-fears-for-environment-862129219774)

EPA gagged

Not just EPA - Dept of Transportation, Dept of the Interior, HHS and the National Institutes of Health, the USDA Agricultural Research Services, National Park Service, etc

Have been told they are no longer even allowed to provide data or information to Congressional offices.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: budmantis on January 25, 2017, 07:43:46 AM
Thanks for the info Cid. The dark side of the force has taken control, with Darth Trumpus as Emperor. Dark times ahead.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 25, 2017, 08:20:58 AM
POLITICS
Sources: Trump Administration Tells EPA To Cut Climate Page From Website (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_588817a5e4b0441a8f71cd2f?)

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.

The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 25, 2017, 08:27:05 AM
What US looked like without EPA (https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/collections/72157620729903309/)

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The U.S. National Archives' buddy icon   
DOCUMERICA Project by the Environmental Protection Agency
For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.

The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series Documerica (Local ID 412-DA) and included them in our online catalog. Our Web site has quick catalog search links for featured DOCUMERICA topics, locations, and photographers.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 25, 2017, 11:35:19 AM
https://www.epa.gov/climatechange (https://www.epa.gov/climatechange)

Still here?

Tick....Tok.....Tick....Tok....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 02:27:32 PM
Elon Musk tweetstorm last night.  These are his tweets/replies:

Elon Musk:  ... This may sound surprising coming from me, but I agree with The Economist. Rex Tillerson has the potential to be an excellent Sec of State.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/824010489449431040 (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/824010489449431040)
... Rex is an exceptionally competent executive, understands geopolitics and knows how to win for his team. His team is now the USA.
... I share The Economist's opinion that he should be given the benefit of the doubt unless his actions prove otherwise
... Tillerson at his confirmation hearing: "I think it’s important that the United States maintain its seat at the table in the conversation
 ... on how to address threats of climate change. They do require a global response."
Tillerson also said that “the risk of climate change does exist” and he believed “action should be taken"
(To @MichaelEMann:) I'm just saying that we should see what happens first. The actions may be surprising.
Rex Tillerson supports a carbon tax. This is what is really needed to move the needle. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-10/watch-elon-musk-agree-with-exxon-time-for-a-carbon-tax (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-10/watch-elon-musk-agree-with-exxon-time-for-a-carbon-tax)


However, Musk also tweeted "Tsk tsk" and "Sigh" -- to no one in particular -- so he may have been on Ambien again. ;D
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 25, 2017, 04:26:14 PM
If you think that companies fhat you put in the second category like examplr ExxonMobil, do not have ethics and values that are similar to other large corporations ( that you include in the first category ) you are making a big mistake. And they will rise up...

Indeed, but there will be challenges to the ethics/values of many organizations as these executive orders and then eventually legislation translates through to reality and tangible impacts.  Will orgs "walk the talk" WRT to values, or will they roll over for the sake of expediency and profit, and either wink at or adjust their ethical positioning?  In our information saturated and hyper aware society, you can be sure that employees and consumers will be watching and reacting.

Shortly before the election Tesla changed its mission statement from “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport.” -----> “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy".  This is not a subtle shift.  Missions are different than values/ethics, but the crisp statement is signaling an inherent commitment to renewables and to help move the world away from fossil fuels.  Much coming out of the WH and the cabinet nominees points toward a chilling effect on federal support of renewables, roll backs of efficiency regulations, and a surge in fossil fuel extraction.  Elon Musk can't change his mission statement to adjust to the new WH directives, so by definition Tesla will be expected to work in opposition to the goals of Trump and his cabinet.

Exxon has a long form values and ethics position.  But you only need to read this content from the "Sustainability" section to know that it's intellectually dishonest and meaningless:  "We are committed to addressing the challenge of sustainable development — balancing economic growth, social development and environmental protection so future generations are not compromised by actions taken today."  Physics says that Exxon compromises future generations 24/7 by their daily actions, so there's no reason to believe anything Tillerson says about dealing with climate change.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 25, 2017, 05:17:48 PM
The linked article is entitled: "EPA Scientists' Work May Face 'Case By Case' Review By Trump Team, Official Says".  This could get worse than McCarthyism; except where environmental and climate scientists get squeezed.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/25/511572169/epa-scientists-work-may-face-case-by-case-review-by-trump-team-official-says (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/25/511572169/epa-scientists-work-may-face-case-by-case-review-by-trump-team-official-says)

Extract: "Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency who want to publish or present their scientific findings likely will need to have their work reviewed on a "case by case basis" before it can be disseminated, according to a spokesman for the agency's transition team."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 25, 2017, 05:35:59 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Donald Trump's Science Denial Is Becoming National Policy", and it makes it clear that we have so far only seen the tip of the iceberg of Team Trump's anti-science campaign

http://time.com/4646085/donald-trump-science-denial/ (http://time.com/4646085/donald-trump-science-denial/)

Extract: "It isn’t just climate science. Trump may appoint an anti-vaccine activist to run a commission on immunization safety, and an anti-regulation zealot to run the Food and Drug Administration. Trump himself has called the fact that asbestos causes cancer a “con” and even refused to believe the objective scientific reality of drought in California."

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 05:50:52 PM
See comments #40 and #48 above re Badlands National Park Service twitter account.

BadlandsNPS twitter may have been forced to close, but an unofficial, BadHombreLandsNPS account has opened -- with the recently-deleted tweets -- to continue on.

"Good morning, climate/science allies! Here's a quote from Edward Abbey to get us going this morning. #climate"
https://twitter.com/badhombrenps/status/824224289947844608
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 25, 2017, 06:27:37 PM
Maybe having extreme narcissistic personality disorder is what makes them dangerous :P

No, no, it makes them predictable when given an order... ::) ::)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 25, 2017, 06:28:12 PM
The linked website provides information for a proposed "Scientists' March on Washington".

http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com/ (http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com/)


Extract: "There are certain things that we accept as facts with no alternatives.  The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action.  The diversity of life arose by evolution.  Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality and must be held accountable.  An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world.

 Please bear with us as pull together our mission statement and further details."

Edit, see also:

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/316023-scientists-are-planning-their-own-march-on-washington (http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/316023-scientists-are-planning-their-own-march-on-washington)

Extract: "A Twitter account that started on Monday has periodically sent out updates and requests for people to get involved."

Edit2, see also:

http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/1/25/14370712/trump-science-gagging-explained (http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/1/25/14370712/trump-science-gagging-explained)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 06:38:52 PM
RESIST!

USDA lifts gag order: report
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The Department of Agriculture has reportedly lifted an order that called for scientists and employees of its research arm not to release any of its work to the public.

After a report that the agency had told staff to stop releasing any "news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content,” BuzzFeed reported that another memo was sent Tuesday night from a top official for the department’s Agricultural Research Service that the original order should not have been issued and “is hereby rescinded.” ...
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316015-agriculture-department-lifts-order-for-lockdown-on-its-research-arm (http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316015-agriculture-department-lifts-order-for-lockdown-on-its-research-arm)


EPA spokesman: No plan to take down climate webpages
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An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokesman said the Trump administration is not currently planning to take down website content regarding climate change.

Doug Ericksen, spokesman for the so-called beachhead team working to transition the agency to the Trump administration, said officials are reviewing all of the “editorial” parts of the EPA’s website for possible changes. ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/316081-epa-spokesman-no-plan-to-take-down-climate-webpages (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/316081-epa-spokesman-no-plan-to-take-down-climate-webpages)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 06:43:42 PM
Silenced Federal Agencies Violating Their Own Policies
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Tuesday marked a flurry of actions by the Trump administration that have cut off some federal scientists from the outside world.

The news, reported by outlets including ProPublica, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and the Associated Press, centers around the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The outlets reported that there is a ban in place that prohibits scientists from talking to the press and performing outreach via news pages and social media.

The ban violates federal scientific integrity policies that began under the Bush administration and were strengthened during the Obama administration. Those policies are in place to encourage the flow of scientific information between agencies and the taxpayers they serve, free of any political interference. The showdown happening now could be the first of many fights between federal scientists and the Trump administration, which has shown hostility toward science and science-based policy. ...
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/silenced-federal-agencies-are-violating-their-own-policies-21105 (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/silenced-federal-agencies-are-violating-their-own-policies-21105)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 25, 2017, 06:57:32 PM
Maybe having extreme narcissistic personality disorder is what makes them dangerous :P

No, no, it makes them predictable when given an order... ::) ::)

We will soon see whether Trump predictably follows Putin's orders ...  :P
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Villabolo on January 25, 2017, 08:04:00 PM
Is there anyone here who is downloading info before it's gone? What exactly are scientists doing to preserve records?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 09:33:19 PM
Is there anyone here who is downloading info before it's gone? What exactly are scientists doing to preserve records?

The effort is well underway, yes. 
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/rogue-scientists-race-save-climate-data-trump/ (https://www.wired.com/2017/01/rogue-scientists-race-save-climate-data-trump/)

See also the "Trump to eliminate Climate Change research" thread under the Consequences section on this Forum.

These tweets are from yesterday:

Matt Solt:  @EricHolthaus Does #datarefuge need anything from the EPA climate site before it goes down tomorrow? Can scrape through the night

Eric Holthaus:  I think our colleagues at @internetarchive and @UofT secured virtually all of EPA site + data already.
cc: @DataRefuge @bwiggerson

https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/824106097841573888 (https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/824106097841573888)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 10:20:43 PM
President Trump’s Rejection of Science Represents a Threat to National Security
The President’s attacks on science demand an urgent response.
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...In just a few days, Trump has embarked on a systematic effort to discount and obscure concerns over climate and the environment, even as he has opened the door for an industry takeover of public lands. Most shocking, of course, are Trump’s moves to silence federal scientists who work in the public interest on the most pressing issue of our time — even of all time. If climate and environmental scientists aren’t allowed to do their job — understanding our rapidly changing planet and how we can work to lessen the impact of our actions for the benefit of all living things on Earth and then share that knowledge with the public — we are all at risk.
...
The outrage we’re all seeing at these moves is a hopeful sign. This weekend was the largest day of protest in United States history, and for good reason. Already, there are plans for marches in the coming weeks that could bring hundreds of thousands of people back to Washington on behalf of science and the environment. ...
https://psmag.com/trumps-attacks-on-science-represent-a-national-security-threat-b10cc05f7d69
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: logicmanPatrick on January 25, 2017, 11:25:34 PM
Is there anyone here who is downloading info before it's gone? What exactly are scientists doing to preserve records?

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On Inauguration Day, a grim rain hammered Los Angeles for most of the morning and into the afternoon, part of a record-setting series of storms that would cause flooding, mudslides, and evacuations across southern California. Meanwhile, in a nondescript Lego-block building housing the department of Graduate Education and Information Studies on the UCLA campus, a diverse group gathered over their laptops for reasons practically as grim.

Inspired by and in conjunction with other “hackathons” at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto, the group’s mission was to preserve and protect precious scientific data related to climate change and environmental regulation by scraping as much information from the Department of Energy website as time would allow. They called it “a guerrilla archiving event.”

Read more at Paste magazine. (https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/inside-the-race-to-save-climate-data-in-the-age-of.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: ritter on January 25, 2017, 11:44:07 PM
A McCarthyism-esque Orange Scare? Unbelievable. Except that it is happening in real time.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2017, 11:59:54 PM
5pm (Eastern U.S. Time): AP News: Trump administration requires studies, data from EPA undergo review by political appointees before public release.

EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public.

The communications director for President Donald Trump's transition team at EPA, Doug Ericksen, said Wednesday the review also extends to content on the federal agency's website, including details of scientific evidence showing that the Earth's climate is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame.

Former EPA staffers said Wednesday the restrictions imposed under Trump far exceed the practices of past administrations.

Ericksen said no orders have been given to strip mention of climate change from www.epa.gov (http://www.epa.gov) , saying no decisions have yet been made.

We're taking a look at everything on a case-by-case basis, including the web page and whether climate stuff will be taken down," Erickson said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Obviously with a new administration coming in, the transition time, we'll be taking a look at the web pages and the Facebook pages and everything else involved here at EPA."

Asked specifically about scientific data collected by agency scientists, such as routine monitoring of air and water pollution, Ericksen responded, "Everything is subject to review." ...
https://apnews.com/c1423276fb574b07953651a68a082db9/EPA-science-under-scrutiny-by-Trump-political-staff (https://apnews.com/c1423276fb574b07953651a68a082db9/EPA-science-under-scrutiny-by-Trump-political-staff)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 26, 2017, 12:10:05 AM
Jason Mark:  Just got off phone w/ a longtime USFS source: "Ppl are just really freaked out. Basically, it's just fascism, is what it is" #gagorder
https://twitter.com/writerfarmer/status/824387212351401984

The Daily Show comes to film #DataRescuePhilly @DataRefuge @PPEHLab @upennlib
https://twitter.com/auralflaneur/status/824359982485409792

One bit of consolation: In 1+ day, the @ScienceMarchDC Facebook page now has more members than Trump's inauguration attendance.
https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/824388150353022976

There are now at least 14 "rogue" Twitter accounts from federal science agencies:
https://twitter.com/StollmeyerEU/lists/twistance/members
         https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/824389711170932736

And another: @AlternativeNWS
"The Unofficial Resistance team of U.S. National Weather Service."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 26, 2017, 02:35:18 AM
See #67 above.

A Brief Chat With Elon Musk About Climate Change, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump
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Yesterday Elon Musk stunned us (and just about everyone else) by tweeting in support of Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil and likely Secretary of State under the Trump administration. Musk’s public image is that of a tycoon using his influence to innovate towards a techno-utopian future powered by clean energy and complete with human cities on Mars. What could he possibly have in common with a mogul who made his fortune sucking the Earth’s resources dry? We asked him. And today he answered. ...
http://gizmodo.com/a-brief-chat-with-elon-musk-about-climate-change-rex-t-1791620750 (http://gizmodo.com/a-brief-chat-with-elon-musk-about-climate-change-rex-t-1791620750)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 26, 2017, 03:40:15 AM
The linked article is entitled: "Decrying 'post-truth' climate politics, scientists test activist waters", and I must admit that if scientists pull this off well, I will be proud of them, and I will certain join a march in my city.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0125/Decrying-post-truth-climate-politics-scientists-test-activist-waters (http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0125/Decrying-post-truth-climate-politics-scientists-test-activist-waters)

Extract: "Typically, scientists are reluctant to engage in what could be perceived as political activism. But many researchers are now pushing back against what they call unprecedented attacks on climate change research by the Trump administration."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 26, 2017, 02:04:09 PM
Trump And Climate Change: Scientists and Activists Plan Marches in Washington DC
After more than one million people joined the Women's March on Washington and its sister protests, organizers are now planning a Scientists' March on Washington and a “People’s Climate March.”
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Climate March

Activists are also planning the People’s Climate March on April 29 in Washington D.C. and across the nation, the Sierra Club announced Wednesday.

“The April 29th march comes in response to widespread outrage against President Trump’s disastrous anti-climate agenda - including his executive orders yesterday advancing the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines,” said the organization in a statement.

The last People’s Climate March was in 2014 in New York City, where more than 400,000 people gathered. This year’s event will coincide with the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-climate-change-scientists-activists-232105474.html (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-climate-change-scientists-activists-232105474.html)

Scientists' March on Washington
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What is the Scientists' March on Washington
Welcome!  We want to thank you all for your incredible outpouring of support for this march.  We are working to schedule a March for Science on DC and across the United States.  We have not settled on a date yet but will do so as quickly as possible and announce it here.

Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics.  Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy.  This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who values empirical research and science. 
http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com (http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com)

And here is the link to the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/ (https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 26, 2017, 02:39:47 PM
In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.
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For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly cast doubt upon the reality of human-made climate change, questioned the repeatedly proven safety of vaccines. Since the inauguration, the administration has already frozen grants and contracts by the Environmental Protection Agency and gagged researchers at the US Department of Agriculture. Many scientists are asking themselves: What can I do?

And the answer from a newly formed group called 314 Action is: Get elected.

The organization, named after the first three digits of pi, is a political action committee that was created to support scientists in running for office. It’s the science version of Emily’s List, which focuses on pro-choice female candidates, or VoteVets, which backs war veterans. “A lot of scientists traditionally feel that science is above politics but we’re seeing that politics is not above getting involved in science,” says founder Shaughnessy Naughton. “We’re losing, and the only way to stop that is to get more people with scientific backgrounds at the table.”
 ...
Early signs are promising. In just two weeks, more than 400 people have signed up to the recruitment form on the organization’s site. They include Jacquelyn Gill from the University of Maine, who studies how prehistoric climate change shaped life on the planet. “If you’d told me a year ago that I would consider running for office, I would have laughed,” she says. “I always fantasized about serving an administration in an advisory capacity, but we now have explicitly anti-science people in office and in the Cabinet. Waiting passively for people to tap me for my expertise won’t be enough.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/thanks-to-trump-scientists-are-planning-to-run-for-office/514229/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/thanks-to-trump-scientists-are-planning-to-run-for-office/514229/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Csnavywx on January 26, 2017, 03:31:15 PM
Great! Maybe we can start reducing the number of lawyers in Congress and start replacing them with real people that live in the real world instead of "technical legal land".
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 26, 2017, 03:31:33 PM
Resistance.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NeilT on January 26, 2017, 06:48:31 PM
Did anyone clue into the statement by Trump that he didn’t need “more legislation”; that the US already had enough legislation; that it just needed to be used.

This, essentially, removes Congress and the Senate from the decision process for much of what Trump is trying to do.

Predictable but still not very good news.  Obama was using this for years.  Now the boot is on the other foot.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Villabolo on January 26, 2017, 07:09:06 PM
Sorry if this has been covered before.

Concerning my previous post, I forgot to add, what can non-scientists and non-professionals do to assist in this record saving work? I would like to volunteer but I have no skills with which to do so. Is there anything that I can do no matter how humble it is? I'm not referring to social activism but only record saving.

Also, is there any redundancy in the record saving work? I fear that someone-maybe Russians or the Pentagon-could hack the sites where the data is stored and delete it. I'm thinking of a more decentralized system, with scientists and others storing some of the information on their personal computers.

I am downloading GISStemp anomaly maps for my own use.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 26, 2017, 11:48:38 PM
Did anyone clue into the statement by Trump that he didn’t need “more legislation”; that the US already had enough legislation; that it just needed to be used.

This, essentially, removes Congress and the Senate from the decision process for much of what Trump is trying to do.

Predictable but still not very good news.  Obama was using this for years.  Now the boot is on the other foot.

At some point soon there will be actions and policies that go beyond the current flurry of exec orders, where congress will need to legislate.  But yes it's clear Trumpists have contempt for the legislative process.  The courts will also come into play.  Also, from the inaugural transcript Trump did not once mention the constitution...that's also a strong tell. 

WRT Obama, to a large degree his hand was forced by an intransigent GOP led by McConnell.  Otherwise he could do very little.  Executive powers started to inflate under GW Bush, post 9/11.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 27, 2017, 02:45:16 AM
Trump administration silences the Department of Energy’s Sunshot team
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President Trump has told the United States Department of Energy Sunshot team that they are not allowed to communicate any information to the public until political appointments are made to review all of said communications per a report from Samantha Page at ThinkProgress.
...
From the Sunshot website,

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to support solar energy adoption by making solar energy affordable for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners. SunShot funds cooperative research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects by private companies, universities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity.
...
Any information released by the Sunshot group would be of a technical nature that communicates research advancements. The Sunshot team does not research climate change or pollution, which makes the move to silence them even more strange....
https://electrek.co/2017/01/26/trump-silences-the-department-of-energys-sunshot-team/ (https://electrek.co/2017/01/26/trump-silences-the-department-of-energys-sunshot-team/)


Ironically, this was published just yesterday:

SunShot $1 per Watt Solar Cost Goal: Mission Accomplished, Years Ahead of Schedule
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The SunShot initiative hoped to reduce the total costs of PV solar energy systems by about 75 percent so that they were cost-competitive with other forms of energy without subsidies before 2020. Chu said that SunShot would work to bring down the cost of solar -- by focusing on four main pillars:

- Technologies for solar cells and arrays
- Power electronics to optimize the performance of the installation
- Improvements in solar manufacturing processes
- Installation, design and permitting for solar energy systems

In fact, steep reductions in system pricing have stemmed not just from modules, but also from price reductions in inverters, trackers and even labor costs. It's only stubborn soft costs such as customer acquisition that have actually risen....
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Sunshot-1-Per-Watt-Solar-Cost-Goal-Mission-Accomplished-Years-Ahead-of-S (https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Sunshot-1-Per-Watt-Solar-Cost-Goal-Mission-Accomplished-Years-Ahead-of-S)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 27, 2017, 10:38:40 AM
The linked article is entitled: "The nation’s top scientists can’t get through to Trump — and they’re alarmed".  It looks like the White House is denying access for scientific leaders to even present their case against muzzling science.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/26/leaders-of-science-organizations-dismayed-by-trump-administration-moves/?utm_term=.51cb8c1fd134 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/26/leaders-of-science-organizations-dismayed-by-trump-administration-moves/?utm_term=.51cb8c1fd134)

Extract: "Leaders of several of the nation's top science organizations say they've been shunned by the Trump administration and are alarmed by signs that the administration will muzzle government researchers and reject the scientific evidence that informs such critical issues as vaccine safety and climate change."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 27, 2017, 12:48:51 PM
The linked article is entitled: "The nation’s top scientists can’t get through to Trump — and they’re alarmed".  It looks like the White House is denying access for scientific leaders to even present their case against muzzling science.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/26/leaders-of-science-organizations-dismayed-by-trump-administration-moves/?utm_term=.51cb8c1fd134 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/26/leaders-of-science-organizations-dismayed-by-trump-administration-moves/?utm_term=.51cb8c1fd134)

Extract: "Leaders of several of the nation's top science organizations say they've been shunned by the Trump administration and are alarmed by signs that the administration will muzzle government researchers and reject the scientific evidence that informs such critical issues as vaccine safety and climate change."

Maybe time for some multi billionaires philanthropist to get those organizations private....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 27, 2017, 12:51:37 PM
That is a scary thought ASLR..... Policy divorced from science !!! Reverse renaissance....Back to the dark ages...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: ritter on January 27, 2017, 06:40:55 PM
That is a scary thought ASLR..... Policy divorced from science !!! Reverse renaissance....Back to the dark ages...

And at such a crucial time.

Maybe we could disallow science deniers the use of technology and medicine. If you don't believe in science, you shouldn't be able to participate in all the wonders it has created. I think the problem would become self-correcting quite quickly.  :)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 27, 2017, 06:46:33 PM
That is a scary thought ASLR..... Policy divorced from science !!! Reverse renaissance....Back to the dark ages...

And at such a crucial time.

Maybe we could disallow science deniers the use of technology and medicine. If you don't believe in science, you shouldn't be able to participate in all the wonders it has created. I think the problem would become self-correcting quite quickly.  :)



Or cell phones, internet, airplanes, food....Let em grow their own....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 27, 2017, 08:48:26 PM
All the Laws and Executive Orders Trump Has Signed So Far

A running list of what the Republican-dominated federal government is up to.
This article will be continuously updated throughout 2017 as President Donald Trump signs executive orders and makes bills into laws.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/all-the-laws-and-executive-orders-trump-has-signed-so-far (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/all-the-laws-and-executive-orders-trump-has-signed-so-far)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 28, 2017, 09:25:38 AM
That is a scary thought ASLR..... Policy divorced from science !!! Reverse renaissance....Back to the dark ages...
Thankfully, only in America at this time. The effects of a new dark age in one country would be inconvenient, but not the end of the world. America has more direct means to achieve that.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 28, 2017, 03:02:27 PM
Maybe for those that live outside....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 28, 2017, 04:54:15 PM
Al Gore Revives Climate Summit The CDC Abruptly Canceled
“They tried to cancel this conference but it is going forward anyway,” Gore said.
Quote
Former Vice President Al Gore is hosting his own climate change summit after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly canceled the one it had been planning for months.

Gore announced Thursday that he’ll hold the Climate & Health Meeting in Atlanta on Feb. 16 with Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, and a host of other health and climate groups: the American Public Health Association, The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute and the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/al-gore-climate-health-cdc_us_588a6a2be4b0303c0752b0bc (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/al-gore-climate-health-cdc_us_588a6a2be4b0303c0752b0bc)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 28, 2017, 05:07:51 PM
How 21 kids could keep climate websites from going completely dark
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Right now, anxiety is sweeping across the scientific community about the Trump administration's efforts to make climate data disappear.

However, there are now a very special group of 21 young Americans, ages nine to 20, who are throwing a sizable wrench in the Trump administration's plans. Their lawsuit against the federal government and fossil fuel companies seeks to hold them accountable for failing to adequately address human-caused global warming despite widespread knowledge of the risks.

The case, formally known as Juliana v United States, is scheduled to go to trial sometime this year, and has already set groundbreaking legal precedents in the nascent field of climate change law.

On Wednesday, lawyers for the young plaintiffs hit the government and fossil fuel industry with a letter that could make it much harder for the Trump administration to take websites offline without archiving them.

An expansive case

The students' lawyers delivered a legal preservation notice to fossil fuel companies such as ExxonMobil, industry trade associations and the federal government.

Because the case is extremely expansive in scope — it seeks to prove that the government and energy industry knew about the dangers of burning fossil fuels for decades, yet continued to promote a fossil fuel-based energy system — any destruction or hiding of scientific evidence by the Trump administration could threaten the students' ability to make their case.

And if a judge agrees with the kids, taking down the websites without archiving them could lead to monetary and trial penalties for the defendants. Depending on the climate data, some federal laws may restrict the information scrubbing.

"The U.S. Department of Justice and Sidley Austin are required by law to preserve all documents, including electronically stored information, that could be relevant to our 21 youth plaintiffs' case against the Trump Administration,” said Julia Olson, executive director of Our Children’s Trust and attorney for the plaintiffs, in a statement. Sidley Austin is the law firm representing the private sector defendants, which also include trade groups for oil and gas companies.
http://mashable.com/2017/01/26/youth-climate-lawsuit-trump-website-removals/ (http://mashable.com/2017/01/26/youth-climate-lawsuit-trump-website-removals/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 28, 2017, 05:13:26 PM
"We reached out to @AltNatParkSer through Twitter DM today, and learned more about the origins of the account and its future. "

A Conversation With the Rogue National Park Service Twitter Account
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-conversation-with-the-rogue-national-parks-service-twitter (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-conversation-with-the-rogue-national-parks-service-twitter)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 28, 2017, 06:02:59 PM
Strangling a Huge Climate Policy Machine Won't Be Easy for Trump
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If the Trump administration intends to strangle the flow of climate change information produced by the federal bureaucracy, it will be no small task.

The government apparatus of climate policy involves dozens of agencies and offices, as this chart shows, and they spend billions of dollars a year. Their public activities number in the hundreds, from rules and scientific reports to research programs, webinars and internships. Thousands of employees, grant recipients and contractors are engaged in federal climate science, policy and communications.

...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25012017/climate-change-bureaucracy-epa-donald-trump
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 30, 2017, 08:23:25 AM
Elon Musk is getting eviscerated for this travel ban comments.  He risks losing a lot of his good will and legitimacy by normalizing Trump.  Even if he is being rational to stay out of Trump's crosshair's, there will be calls to boycott his brands.  If coastal elites boycott Tesla (and Uber) you know we are in bizarro world. 

Everyone underestimated Trump, but some are not catching on quickly to the depth and passion behind the backlash.  Same with Senator Warren.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 30, 2017, 09:57:24 AM
Musk's posture is indeed an odd one. His market for Tesla cars must be as squarely in liberal territory as it's possible for a mass-market American product to be. Thus we might assume his alignment isn't commercial, since even a large tax cut on a brand that has lost its unique lustre can't be a win in the long run. It opens the market to competitors.

On the other hand, there are his space aspirations...

Or maybe Musk is a social conservative as well as being a scientific rationalist.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on January 30, 2017, 02:28:15 PM
The art of the deal, or according to Donald Trump "lie your ass off until you can sell your sub standard products".  Trump will say anything to get what he wants, a life of white, wealthy privilege has made sure  that he can get away with that. Why would he change now that he is 70 years old and president of the US? He won't.

Elon Musk on the other hand, made his fortune by making products above and beyond the competition. No sleazy lies needed to make his billions. Elon Musk is also on a mission to save the world, he has the closest thing to an actual working solution to climate change and other limits of growth.  He must defend that solution for the sake of all our lives. And thats what he is doing.

Trump needs time before he can assert his power over the US. Having a well respected man like Musk lend him some credibility while he asserts power is a great way to buy some time.  Elon on the other hand is facing the danger of Donald Trump destroying everything. So Trump promises Elon fair treatment and Elon in exchange shows some public support.

Except that Trump is a liar. As soon as Trump asserts his power, he will turn on Elon as easy as he has turned on most people that have ever done business with him. So I think Elon is wrong about trusting Trump.

However as the man holding the only working solution to climate change and a veritable genius I have no other option but to trust that he knows what he is doing.  He must do whatever he needs to do to keep Tesla afloat. As far as I am concern it is a matter of survival. So I'm with Elon, even if Elon is collaborating with a lying fool.

I do worry that others  will abandon Musk and Tesla lose the great support he has enjoyed. Maybe that is exactly Trump's plan to get rid of clean energy to make way for Putin's oil.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on January 30, 2017, 02:48:46 PM
The art of the deal, or according to Donald Trump "lie your ass off until you can sell your sub standard products".  Trump will say anything to get what he wants, a life of white, wealthy privilege has made sure  that he can get away with that. Why would he change now that he is 70 years old and president of the US? He won't.

Elon Musk on the other hand, made his fortune by making products above and beyond the competition. No sleazy lies needed to make his billions. Elon Musk is also on a mission to save the world, he has the closest thing to an actual working solution to climate change and other limits of growth.  He must defend that solution for the sake of all our lives. And thats what he is doing.

Trump needs time before he can assert his power over the US. Having a well respected man like Musk lend him some credibility while he asserts power is a great way to buy some time.  Elon on the other hand is facing the danger of Donald Trump destroying everything. So Trump promises Elon fair treatment and Elon in exchange shows some public support.

Except that Trump is a liar. As soon as Trump asserts his power, he will turn on Elon as easy as he has turned on most people that have ever done business with him. So I think Elon is wrong about trusting Trump.

However as the man holding the only working solution to climate change and a veritable genius I have no other option but to trust that he knows what he is doing.  He must do whatever he needs to do to keep Tesla afloat. As far as I am concern it is a matter of survival. So I'm with Elon, even if Elon is collaborating with a lying fool.

I do worry that others  will abandon Musk and Tesla lose the great support he has enjoyed. Maybe that is exactly Trump's plan to get rid of clean energy to make way for Putin's oil.

Putin does not have that much oil to make way for....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on January 30, 2017, 03:01:05 PM
Quote
Putin does not have that much oil to make way for....

All he needs is for the US to drop the quest for efficiency and alternative energy for a few years. Once the US has no way to maintain the economy with local or allied energy, he has all the power over the US. To some extent he already does.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on January 30, 2017, 05:18:19 PM
The linked article discusses the Delete Uber movement and the likelihood that other tech companies will be targeted for boycott if they work actively with or are silent towards Trump.  IMO this is going to grow like a tsunami and the type of intellectual gymnastics being done by Musk and others will sweep them away.  Boycotts are not always well thought out, but even so it's reflecting the depth of the distaste and anger towards Trump.  The US is quickly heading towards a breaking point.

One other dynamic to watch soon is to what extent does Trump target the H1B visa program, which is the main pipeline of talent for Silicon Valley and Seattle tech talent, and elsewhere.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/29/deleteuber-s-creator-resist-trump-or-pay-a-price.html (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/29/deleteuber-s-creator-resist-trump-or-pay-a-price.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on January 31, 2017, 10:13:59 AM
This is just insane. The guy has kids. Is he so hollow that their future means nothing compared to money and power? Sociopath?

i think he has kids to show of ( one has kids ) and because he like to f....k not the other way around LOL

the pic is double posted, just fits in here as well. ;) ???
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on January 31, 2017, 06:32:41 PM
Elon Musk on the other hand, made his fortune by making products above and beyond the competition. No sleazy lies needed to make his billions.
That's partially true. Like so many of the big dot.com successes, x.com and PayPal succeeded by being in the right place at the right time, particularly by being brought by eBay. Plenty of the early dot.com billionaires were essentially lottery winners. Tesla on the other hand is an exceptional achievement.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on January 31, 2017, 06:40:30 PM
Elon Musk on the other hand, made his fortune by making products above and beyond the competition. No sleazy lies needed to make his billions.
That's partially true. Like so many of the big dot.com successes, x.com and PayPal succeeded by being in the right place at the right time, particularly by being brought by eBay. Plenty of the early dot.com billionaires were essentially lottery winners. Tesla on the other hand is an exceptional achievement.

technically it's an achievement, i love it really, but economically this remains to be proven yet. there are many billions of creditlines and capital investments to be paid back (or lost) one day in the not so far future.

not saying it's an econ. fail, just learned not to praise the day before midnight :-)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 31, 2017, 08:59:44 PM
Climate denial is dead!   Long live climate denial!
A good summation of where we are now (in the U.S.). 
By Michael Mann.

Climate change denial is not dead
Quote
The era of climate change denial is over. Rejection of the unequivocal scientific evidence that carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are warming the planet and changing our climate is no longer socially acceptable. Only the most fringe of politicians now disputes the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and human-caused, and they are largely ignored.

So why dignify the notion of climate change denial by writing about it?

Such was the criticism I received from many well-meaning fellow climate scientists last fall after I published my latest book, “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy,” co-authored with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.

I wish the critics had been right. But of course, they weren’t.

Our book couldn’t seem any more prophetic now. For we are firmly back in the madhouse. Climate change denial is once again in vogue in Washington, D.C. As of Jan. 20, it is now the official policy of our executive branch....
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/317102-climate-denial-is-dead-long-live-climate-denial (http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/317102-climate-denial-is-dead-long-live-climate-denial)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 31, 2017, 09:16:42 PM
The linked article is entitled: "The future of NOAA, the world’s largest repository of climate data, is now in the hands of a climate-change denier".  It is good to know who the enemy is so that one can keep an eye on him (Kenneth Haapala).

https://qz.com/899450/trump-kenneth-haapala-and-wilbur-ross-the-future-of-noaa-the-worlds-largest-repository-of-climate-data-is-now-in-the-hands-of-a-climate-change-denier/

Extract: "“The archive spans data that goes well over a hundred years,” Scott Stephens, a NOAA meteorologist, tells Quartz. “Especially for the US, there’s data that goes back almost to Independence.”

Now, all that is in the hands of Kenneth Haapala, selected by US president Donald Trump to help appoint top administrators at NOAA. Haapala serves on the transition team for the US Department of Commerce, which oversees the agency. He is also an unabashed climate-change denier.

Haapala is a policy expert at the Heartland Institute, a conservative group that has equated belief in climate change with terrorism and mass murder."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on February 01, 2017, 09:17:33 AM
In order to get this thread a bit more scientific I'll present some exploration on the name Haapala: www.karjalansivistysseura.fi/sampo/fi/content/uhtuan-haapalan-afanasjev-suku (http://www.karjalansivistysseura.fi/sampo/fi/content/uhtuan-haapalan-afanasjev-suku) so Kenneths family might have been partly russian or at least had another name during russian rule.

There are several families calling themselves Haapala in Finland, though. (f.e. http://www.raunohaapala.com/haapalan-suku (http://www.raunohaapala.com/haapalan-suku) ) Quick search on genealogies revealed at least three families, and by the number of houses called thus (over 400) there are several others. The name itself means Aspen-place, as in the tree Populus tremula.

'Kenneth' is an anglicised form of two entirely different Gaelic names, Cainnech and Cináed (Wikipedia). so I'd throw a guess his mothers' family is Irish, Scotch or Welsh originally, and not from USA. I'd say he needs to show his birth certificate before he can be allowed in the position. I bet it stands 'Cainnech Aspenacre' there.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 02, 2017, 04:19:09 AM
Per the linked article the date for the March for Science (to protest against Team Trump's assaults on Science) is April 22 – Earth Day:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/science-march-earth-day-trnd/ (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/science-march-earth-day-trnd/)

Extract: “The group behind the March for Science in Washington just announced in a tweet that they will rally on April 22 -- Earth Day. “
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on February 02, 2017, 01:05:16 PM
Quote
GOP House votes to reject Obama administration stream protection rule

Another opportunity by Prez Trumpf
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 02, 2017, 05:47:17 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Why Environmentalists Are So Worried About Trump's Supreme Court Pick".  Essentially getting Neil Gorsuch appointed to the Supreme Court represents an assault by Trump against climate science:

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01022017/neil-gorsuch-donald-trump-supreme-court-climate-change

Extract: "Neil Gorsuch is a steadfast foe of the 'Chevron' standard, a pillar of modern regulatory law that matters greatly to climate change advocates.

That principle says courts should defer to federal regulatory agencies when the regulators are carrying out laws that are ambiguous. In contrast to Gorsuch, Merrick Garland, nominated last year by Obama but stymied by Senate Republicans, adhered closely to the standard.

Chevron is one of the pillars of modern regulatory law, and it matters greatly to climate change activists because it has provided the Environmental Protection Agency considerable leeway in using the Clean Air Act to control carbon dioxide pollution.

Its significance will be stark when the Supreme Court considers the fate of the Clean Power Plan in the next year or so."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 02, 2017, 05:53:33 PM
The link leads to a tracker entitled: "Trump Issues Statement Confirming That He Will Approve Congressional Repeal of BLM Methane Rule and Other Regulations"; which indicates that Trump promises to sign the bill to repeal Obama's Bureau of Land Management methane emission rules.  This is a significant assault on climate science:

http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/climate-deregulation-tracker/4205/ (http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/climate-deregulation-tracker/4205/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 02, 2017, 06:04:21 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Trump's election is prompting more scientists to run for public office."  It indicates that many scientists are sufficiently concerned about Trump's assault on science that they are willing to become politicians in order to more effectively fight back.

http://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-election-is-prompting-more-scientists-to-run-for-public-office-2017-1 (http://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-election-is-prompting-more-scientists-to-run-for-public-office-2017-1)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 03, 2017, 02:52:56 AM
Elon Musk got a lot of flak when he tweeted that he would maintain his position on the President's Advisory Forum, in order to attempt to communicate different views to the administration.  He also gave only a mildly-worded statement against the foreign travel ban.  Understand that DT regards people as either with him, or against him, so Musk directly criticizing him would have no beneficial influence (and besides, there are plenty of people doing that already).

Tonight Musk tweeted this message:

Regarding the Whitehouse meeting:
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/827328619609481216
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 03, 2017, 04:24:32 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Immigration Ban Takes Toll on Earth and Space Scientists", indicating that the travel ban contributes to the Trump assault on science.

https://eos.org/articles/immigration-ban-takes-toll-on-earth-and-space-scientists?utm_source=eos&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EosBuzz020317

Extract: "Some researchers can't come to the United States or fear leaving the country to visit their home nations because of a new federal ban on immigrants."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 12, 2017, 05:10:58 AM
The linked article is entitled: “3 Reasons Trump's EPA Pick Can't Be Trusted With Climate Science “, which speaks for itself.

http://www.ecowatch.com/pruitt-climate-science-2255425293.html (http://www.ecowatch.com/pruitt-climate-science-2255425293.html)

Extract: “As a climate scientist I've been trained to base my conclusions strictly on scientific evidence and not on politics. This is why I find it so troubling that President Trump's pick for the top job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) openly misrepresented scientific data during his confirmation process.“

See also the linked article with an associated Australian newscast indicating that Trump may soon sign an order for the US to pull out of the Paris agreement:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/welcome-to-the-madhouse-scientist-says-trump-could-destroy-the-world/news-story/0e31691ab55a520800cef7dbd289fdad (http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/welcome-to-the-madhouse-scientist-says-trump-could-destroy-the-world/news-story/0e31691ab55a520800cef7dbd289fdad)

Edit, also see the following linked article entitled: "EPA scientists held back from conference: Cost-cutting or something more?".

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0211/EPA-scientists-held-back-from-conference-Cost-cutting-or-something-more (http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0211/EPA-scientists-held-back-from-conference-Cost-cutting-or-something-more)

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Eli81 on February 12, 2017, 12:32:02 PM
I've gotta stop reading these threads, it's unimaginably depressing....

It's going to be a long, dark four years....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: LRC1962 on February 12, 2017, 04:28:58 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/jan/31/trumps-copying-the-bush-censorship-playbook-scientists-arent-standing-for-it (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/jan/31/trumps-copying-the-bush-censorship-playbook-scientists-arent-standing-for-it)
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A war on science is a war he’s guaranteed to lose. Trump can deny the science, silence the scientists, censor their reports, even fire them from government agencies - but that won’t stop the Earth from heating and its climate from changing at a dangerous rate. At best he would survive a four or eight-year term, leave the planet a worse place for future generations, and be seen as a villain in the history books.

But it looks as though scientists and journalists aren’t going to let that happen without a fight, and kudos to them for standing up to the anti-science bullies on behalf of the planet and future generations. We’ll all have to do our parts to protect science and hold the administration accountable to facts and truth for the next four years.

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/canadian-scientists-know-what-to-expect-from-trump (http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/canadian-scientists-know-what-to-expect-from-trump)

Quote
If the Canadian experience can teach U.S. scientists anything, it’s that not only their future research but also their past work is at risk. “Watch your libraries,” May said. “Stuff was taken away in dumpsters. Raw data and archives were lost.” There is enough collective anxiety about U.S. climate data being destroyed, altered, or lost that several groups of concerned citizens spent the months before Trump’s Inauguration copying federal data and moving it to other servers. “Within weeks of Harper becoming Canada’s Prime Minster, the climate-change information was scrubbed from the Web site of Environment Canada and researchers were muzzled,” May said. “That took weeks. Trump is a lot faster.”
A couple of things the USA can look up to as positives. One: There is a far stronger wealthier private scientific establishment. Two: Suing is a routine act about everything there and Trump is quickly burning up any good that might have gone his way in that respect. Third: The media. Broadcasting, Hollywood, social media is far more active and influential on a per capita basis then Canada and therefore could help things along (granted most of that comes from immigrants who know how to use it).
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on February 14, 2017, 03:54:07 PM
Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/diehard-coders-just-saved-nasas-earth-science-data/ (https://www.wired.com/2017/02/diehard-coders-just-saved-nasas-earth-science-data/)

Extract:

Quote
Berkeley hackathon to collect data from NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy, are doing more than archiving. Diehard coders are building robust systems to monitor ongoing changes to government websites. And they’re keeping track of what’s already been removed—because yes, the pruning has already begun.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on February 19, 2017, 02:45:22 PM
GOP Plots To Clip NASA Wings As It Tweets Climate Change Updates

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58a91361e4b045cd34c2689e? (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58a91361e4b045cd34c2689e?)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on February 19, 2017, 04:56:40 PM
GOP Plots To Clip NASA Wings As It Tweets Climate Change Updates

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58a91361e4b045cd34c2689e? (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58a91361e4b045cd34c2689e?)

Why do they still pretend it's GOP? They could use the correct name, The Great Trumppparty of Trumpistan (TTT, hopping over the G since it's obvious). This is media gone wrong. And whatabout those IkEa weapons of mass-confusion in sweden. Anyway We aren't cutting wings but giving moorre it's great they can fly to Mars with those chinese sabotaged satellites.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 21, 2017, 03:52:33 PM
The linked article is entitled: ‘We did not start this fight’: In Trump era’s dawn, scientists rally in Boston".  We should all support scientists who fight for "the centrality of objective information to making policy".

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/19/we-did-not-start-this-fight-as-trump-era-dawns-scientists-rally-in-boston/?utm_term=.e798f3073b67 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/19/we-did-not-start-this-fight-as-trump-era-dawns-scientists-rally-in-boston/?utm_term=.e798f3073b67)

Extract: "Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied in historic Copley Square on Sunday, demanding that the Trump administration accept empirical reality on issues such as climate change and highlighting the centrality of objective information to making policy.

“We did not politicize science,” said Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard science historian who spoke at the rally, which unfolded on a surprisingly warm February day that left the square filled with mud puddles from the melt of a recent blizzard. “We did not start this fight.”"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on February 21, 2017, 04:06:12 PM
You may want to read the Guardian on Prof Happer.:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/feb/21/trumps-potential-science-adviser-william-happer-hanging-around-with-conspiracy-theorists (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/feb/21/trumps-potential-science-adviser-william-happer-hanging-around-with-conspiracy-theorists)

With Happer on board to give credibility, Trump and his merry men will feel even more emboldened as they eviscerate the USA's climate science infrastructure and subject science discourse to political vetting.

Not so laughable any more - somewhat scary.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 23, 2017, 08:16:35 PM
Eric Holthaus:  This is huge. The largest Earth science society in the U.S. has officially joined the #ScienceMarch.
We will #resist the attack on science.

AGU:  AGU has joined the @ScienceMarchDC as a partner. Learn more about our involvement: https://fromtheprow.agu.org/agu-announces-endorsement-march-science/ #ScienceisEssential

https://mobile.twitter.com/theagu/status/834835271120199682
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 23, 2017, 08:22:16 PM
Massive police operation ongoing to clear the #NoDAPL Oceti camp - Watch #LIVE https://livestream.com/unicornriot/events/7046185

https://twitter.com/ur_ninja/status/834835848071897088
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: longwalks1 on February 24, 2017, 02:41:09 AM
Watching some of the canned livestream.  of NoDAPL. 

It was a much gentler scene in NoDak.for the nuclear missile civil disobedience (10 consecutive years) during the era of Governor Sinner of North Dakota (and at all the actions was his brother,Roman Catholic priest Fr. Sinner).  But ever since 911 everything has changed for civil dissent and the usofa police forces have been heavily militarized. 

Once in Missouri, in a state park near Whiteman AFB, over 100 of us were in a circle, doing the Lord's prayer, and as we came to "but deliver us from evil, up from the treetops arose 3 helicopters and we were triangulated.  They were sideways, gun door open, and the three "60s" had an airman in sunglasses touching the machine gun pointed upwards.  Afterwards it seemed we all thought we knew what they were thinking, "If they gave the orders, would I shoot."  And I believe that in 1991 some would not fire on unarmed people.

We all got into cars and caravaned to a missile silo, which had been stood down. The days of cutting open the chain on the fence of a nuclear missile site and 70 people going on site and none being arrested are long gone.  Welcome to the anthropocene. 





Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on February 24, 2017, 07:48:20 AM
WOW


I've been in some tights during protests, but nothing to compare.


Stay Lucky
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Gray-Wolf on February 24, 2017, 01:53:27 PM
My 17 year old daughter went along to an anti trump demo as the UK parliament were debating his visit. It was her first political demo.

would any other person have caused such global outpourings?

If anything Trump is radicalising millions around the world. Folk who would not consider themselves political are attending rallies. Who else would have caused such a reaction?

Advantage out of adversity eh?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on February 25, 2017, 12:12:09 PM
My 17 year old daughter went along to an anti trump demo as the UK parliament were debating his visit. It was her first political demo.

would any other person have caused such global outpourings?

If anything Trump is radicalising millions around the world. Folk who would not consider themselves political are attending rallies. Who else would have caused such a reaction?

Advantage out of adversity eh?


Kennedy was killed in my 17th year.


It's a great time in life to gain awareness that things are not always as we have been told.


Wish her my best
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on February 26, 2017, 06:55:23 AM
Is that guy Happer really equating the souls of jews and carbon dioxide? Does carbon dioxide have a soul? I'm not familiar with the Trumpistan Religion, that's why the question.
The reference:
https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/25/trump-potential-science-adviser-will-happer-carbon-dioxide-demonized-jews (https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/25/trump-potential-science-adviser-will-happer-carbon-dioxide-demonized-jews)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on February 26, 2017, 08:27:22 AM
Is that guy Happer really equating the souls of jews and carbon dioxide? Does carbon dioxide have a soul? I'm not familiar with the Trumpistan Religion, that's why the question.
The reference:
https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/25/trump-potential-science-adviser-will-happer-carbon-dioxide-demonized-jews (https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/25/trump-potential-science-adviser-will-happer-carbon-dioxide-demonized-jews)
Geriatrics and science make strange bedfellows.


The upside may be that at 77, he won't be subject to early onset Alzheimer's.  ::)


Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 26, 2017, 03:08:14 PM
Sciencegurl:  Trying to figure out why so many male scientists are all "don't say anything or organize. Just put your head down & it will all be fine".
https://twitter.com/sciencegurlz0/status/835556276406988800

See the Twitter link for the whole thread.  Excerpt:

Quote
And I think it is bc that is true for them. They've never had to 'fight' to have a legitimate place in this field.

No one has ever questioned whether they should even be at the table making decisions. They don't get silenced just for who they are.

Marginalized groups KNOW that if we don't force our way to the table we will NEVER get invited.

We know that even our place at that table is questioned. For instance, if a white man gets a job then it is bc he is qualified.

If a person from a marginalized group gets a job it is bc they "probably want to increase diversity".

I'm the only women PI in my deparmtent & people who I love have even suggested that I just had to be competent to be hired bc 'diversity'.

Which pretty much says, "I don't know if you actually belong here but it looks good on paper to have you here."

Now that scientists have been labeled by our admin as a group that doesn't deserve a voice, men who have never dealt with that have no clue

They think that pushing back is seen as disruptive & polarizing bc they have never had to do it.

They don't realize the reason they're seeing those who don't look like them across the table is bc we have done just that our entire career.

So, no. Staying silent is not going to help. If you want a voice then you have to scream it as loud as you can....



Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 05, 2017, 09:18:32 PM
You Can Now Access The EPA Website As It Existed Before Trump
Now we'll know what the government thought about climate change when it still believed in it.
Quote
"The Web Snapshot consists of static content, such as web pages and reports in Portable Document Format (PDF), as that content appeared on EPA's website as of January 19, 2017," according to a statement on the mirror site. Live databases and large information sources are not mirrored, so if you want those, you should grab them from the regular EPA site right now; the mirror site provides links.
https://www.fastcoexist.com/3068319/you-can-now-access-the-epa-website-as-it-existed-before-trump (https://www.fastcoexist.com/3068319/you-can-now-access-the-epa-website-as-it-existed-before-trump)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 08, 2017, 01:25:22 PM
The EPA’s Science Office Removed “Science” From Its Mission Statement
Quote
...Some worry these changes signal the EPA’s new direction—one that prioritizes business interests over public health and science—under new Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has close ties to fossil-fuel companies. Pruitt didn’t mention public health once in his first speech to agency employees, instead focusing on improving the EPA’s relationship with private interests. In a tweet after his speech, Pruitt said he was committed to working with several types of  “stakeholders” on environmental stewardship. He did not mention environmentalists as one of those stakeholders.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a science advocacy organization, shares EDGI’s concerns. “The role of the EPA is to protect public health and safety,” said Andrew Rosenberg, Director of UCS’s Center for Science and Democracy. “So what you want a science office to do is make sure you’re using the best science available, and what’s safe for the public. That’s a pretty critical role.”

Rosenberg said it would be a “major change in direction” if the EPA stopped prioritizing the best science and focused instead on what’s most “economically achievable” for businesses. “I think we have to be very mindful,” he said. “It seems like this EPA and this administration broadly seem to view their job as being a support for business as opposed to safeguarding public health.”
https://newrepublic.com/article/141174/epas-science-office-removed-science-mission-statement
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: cesium62 on March 09, 2017, 11:03:55 AM
Quote
One thing that climate and environmental science in general (and the environment itself) is, is global. Who knows what the consequences will be if Trump succeeds in ripping apart the US environmental science fabric.

What has this "climate and environmental science" effectively done to reverse ANYTHING?

We can only be observers as this runaway train is speeding into the abyss.
Of course, You're free to believe You can shout at the tide not to come in- by coming up with more and more observational data.
Or blame one particular leader.

[Responding here as this thread seems more on-topic than the freezing thread...]

Climate and environmental science establish cause and effect and measure change.  It provides the framework in which one can successfully make predictions about how changes today will affect the future.  The science informs what policies can stop this runaway train.

Ripping apart the science implies not attempting policies to halt the widespread changes we make to the environment.  When we all need to work together to move in the right direction, those moving in the wrong direction not only impede progress, but also sap the will of the weak.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on March 09, 2017, 01:10:39 PM
Quote
One thing that climate and environmental science in general (and the environment itself) is, is global. Who knows what the consequences will be if Trump succeeds in ripping apart the US environmental science fabric.

What has this "climate and environmental science" effectively done to reverse ANYTHING?

We can only be observers as this runaway train is speeding into the abyss.
Of course, You're free to believe You can shout at the tide not to come in- by coming up with more and more observational data.
Or blame one particular leader.

[Responding here as this thread seems more on-topic than the freezing thread...]

Climate and environmental science establish cause and effect and measure change.  It provides the framework in which one can successfully make predictions about how changes today will affect the future.  The science informs what policies can stop this runaway train.

Ripping apart the science implies not attempting policies to halt the widespread changes we make to the environment.  When we all need to work together to move in the right direction, those moving in the wrong direction not only impede progress, but also sap the will of the weak.

That we have a renewables industry is because climate science paved the way. There are some kids in the USA suing the government using climate data.

Maybe it will not be enough but one has to try. But without data there is no chance at all to prevent or at least reduce runaway climate change.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on March 09, 2017, 04:47:09 PM
No surprise and we all knew this was coming, but EPA chief Scott Pruitt stated during a live TV interview that he believes CO2 is not the primary contributor to global warming.

Here is a statement from the Sierra Club

http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/statement-pruitt-misled-congress-co2-senators-should-demand-he-be-removed-his (http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/statement-pruitt-misled-congress-co2-senators-should-demand-he-be-removed-his)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: crandles on March 09, 2017, 05:37:12 PM
No surprise and we all knew this was coming, but EPA chief Scott Pruitt stated during a live TV interview that he believes CO2 is not the primary contributor to global warming.

Here is a statement from the Sierra Club

http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/statement-pruitt-misled-congress-co2-senators-should-demand-he-be-removed-his (http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/statement-pruitt-misled-congress-co2-senators-should-demand-he-be-removed-his)

The ref for misleading congress seems to be

Quote
The greenhouse gas effect traps outgoing longwave radiation causing a
radiative imbalance of Earth, ultimately leading to the warming of the globe.
...
•Do you disagree that additional greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere, such
as carbon dioxide, will cause a smaller magnitude outgoing longwave radiation to
escape to space? Please explain.
•Do you disagree that the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil or natural gas, cause
carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere? Please explain.
•Do you disagree that if fossil fuels were not extracted and burned, less carbon
dioxide would be released into the atmosphere? Please explain.
•Therefore, is it possible, if not probable, that humans releasing greenhouse
gases into the atmosphere could cause more heat to be trapped by the
atmosphere? Please explain.

Answer
 I will work to ensure that any regulatory actions are based on
the most up to date and objective scientific data, including the ever-evolving
understanding of the impact increasing greenhouse gases have on our
changing climate.

Hmm, is there a few defences possible here:
I will work to ensure that, but in the meantime I haven't yet had time absorb all the nuances of the science and when I state my opinions that isn't a regulatory action so there is no contradiction.

Saying he believes in 'ever-evolving understanding' seems like it might be code for I don't believe the science is settled.

Perhaps it is more this part of the answer:
Quote
I also believe the Administrator has an important role when it comes to the regulation of carbon dioxide, which I will fulfill consistent with Massachusetts v. EPA and the agency's Endangerment Finding on Greenhouse Gases respective of the applicable statutory framework established by Congress.

Can stating such an opinion be regarded as separate from 'role when it comes to the regulation of carbon dioxide'? Possibly not?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on March 09, 2017, 05:40:20 PM
Herewith an assault on science  NOT down to Trump. As NSIDC has written in its Feb 2017 summary we are in high risk of losing polar sea ice data. Not  a Trump decision directly but read on .......

These satellites belong to the USAF. This shambles has been rumbling on for 2+ years. Congress Armed Services Committee rules, OK. Space News has stuff about it.

It seems USAF expects Indian, Korean, Japanese and European satellites to fill the gap. Also expects other US agencies to send up satellites (e.g.s NASA & NOAA).

WHOOPS ?


Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on March 09, 2017, 06:17:28 PM
No surprise and we all knew this was coming, but EPA chief Scott Pruitt stated during a live TV interview that he believes CO2 is not the primary contributor to global warming.

Here is a statement from the Sierra Club

http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/statement-pruitt-misled-congress-co2-senators-should-demand-he-be-removed-his (http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/statement-pruitt-misled-congress-co2-senators-should-demand-he-be-removed-his)

The ref for misleading congress seems to be

Quote
The greenhouse gas effect traps outgoing longwave radiation causing a
radiative imbalance of Earth, ultimately leading to the warming of the globe.
...
•Do you disagree that additional greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere, such
as carbon dioxide, will cause a smaller magnitude outgoing longwave radiation to
escape to space? Please explain.
•Do you disagree that the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil or natural gas, cause
carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere? Please explain.
•Do you disagree that if fossil fuels were not extracted and burned, less carbon
dioxide would be released into the atmosphere? Please explain.
•Therefore, is it possible, if not probable, that humans releasing greenhouse
gases into the atmosphere could cause more heat to be trapped by the
atmosphere? Please explain.

Answer
 I will work to ensure that any regulatory actions are based on
the most up to date and objective scientific data, including the ever-evolving
understanding of the impact increasing greenhouse gases have on our
changing climate.

Hmm, is there a few defences possible here:
I will work to ensure that, but in the meantime I haven't yet had time absorb all the nuances of the science and when I state my opinions that isn't a regulatory action so there is no contradiction.

Saying he believes in 'ever-evolving understanding' seems like it might be code for I don't believe the science is settled.

Perhaps it is more this part of the answer:
Quote
I also believe the Administrator has an important role when it comes to the regulation of carbon dioxide, which I will fulfill consistent with Massachusetts v. EPA and the agency's Endangerment Finding on Greenhouse Gases respective of the applicable statutory framework established by Congress.

Can stating such an opinion be regarded as separate from 'role when it comes to the regulation of carbon dioxide'? Possibly not?

It's unlikely that he will held to account for any of his statements during confirmation.  The consequences for lying to congress either under oath or not have magically shifted with the current version of the GOP.  They will be too busy investigating Obama, Hillary, and the past DOJ.

And we will likely see his statement about the "most up to date and objective scientific evidence" turn into a parade of "science" from the fringe right wing and denial sphere being mainstreamed in the public square, to replace actual science and to assualt the 97%+ consensus body of understanding.  They will also try to enshrine denialism and doubt into public education, and across society. 

And all along, physics will not care one bit.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 10, 2017, 05:49:48 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Climate-Friendly Energy Star Program Could be Cut".  It is sad how self-serving Team Trump and their fossil fuel buddies are proving to be.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/trump-takes-aim-at-energy-star-21234 (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/trump-takes-aim-at-energy-star-21234)

Extract: "Energy Star, the program that certifies toasters, air conditioners, computers and buildings for energy efficiency, could be killed by the Trump administration as part of its effort to shrink federal spending.

The administration wants the program to be “zeroed out” in the 2018 Environmental Protection Agency budget, according to news reports and a memo that the EPA provided to the National Association of Clean Air Agencies last week."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 10, 2017, 07:57:41 PM
Need a (somewhat) humorous break?

Video:  The Daily Show from Comedy Central visits the Philadelphia data refuge group, helping to save climate data.   (TDS takes climate change seriously, but tries to make related stories funny.)

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/9n7n5i/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-canada-holds-on-to-u-s--climate-data-for-a-bit (http://www.cc.com/video-clips/9n7n5i/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-canada-holds-on-to-u-s--climate-data-for-a-bit)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 14, 2017, 07:50:13 PM
The EPA Used to Tweet About the Environment. Now It Just Tweets About Scott Pruitt.
http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/scott-pruitts-epa-his-own-pr-firm (http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/scott-pruitts-epa-his-own-pr-firm)


Democrats to send climate change educational materials to EPA chief Scott Pruitt
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/14/dems-to-send-climate-educational-materials-to-epa-chief-scott-pruitt.html (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/14/dems-to-send-climate-educational-materials-to-epa-chief-scott-pruitt.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 15, 2017, 05:53:36 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Republicans’ War on Science Just Got Frighteningly Real".  It looks like the GOP controlled US Congress and the Trump Administration will soon be playing tag-team to wrestle science to the mat.

https://newrepublic.com/article/141227/republicans-war-science-just-got-frighteningly-real

Extract: "Two terrible bills that Obama would have vetoed are back in play, and they stand a very good chance of becoming law under Trump.

President Donald Trump has not commented on these bills, but he’s expressed an extreme distrust of science in general, and the EPA specifically. He doesn’t believe in climate change, for instance, and has appointed several climate deniers to cabinet positions. Some of the very people behind these two bills are now serving on Trump’s EPA transition team."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 16, 2017, 08:23:35 PM
U.S. Representatives from districts in parts of the country on the front lines of climate change announce a bipartisan statement against the risks of climate change and supporting action against it.

Republicans Break Ranks With Pledge to Fight Climate Change
Quote
Seventeen conservative Republican members of Congress—10 of them in their first or second terms—are bucking long-time party positions and the new occupant of the White House. They announced on Wednesday that they’re supporting a clear statement about the risks associated with climate change, as well as principles for how best to fight it.

Called the “Republican Climate Resolution” by supporters, the statement by House members takes about 450 words to mention conservative thought on environmentalism, support for climate science, feared impacts, and a call for economically viable policy. They pledge in general terms to support study and mitigation measures, “using our tradition of American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism.”
...
These bills are interesting in the way that solar energy is, even though solar makes up 1 percent of U.S. power generation. Like solar power, Republican climate bills are noteworthy not because one is likely to pass anytime soon, but because massive external forces—markets, other governments, and climate change itself—may eventually force it into the foreground....
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/republicans-break-ranks-pledge-fight-142146159.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/republicans-break-ranks-pledge-fight-142146159.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on March 17, 2017, 01:15:46 AM
Quote
Medical, science research faces huge cuts under Trump budget

Right when the superbugs ate rising...sweet...depopulation.. [/sarc]



Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 17, 2017, 02:40:48 AM
Robert Reich writes:

Quote
It’s important to see Trump's massive budget cut in federally funded research -- eliminating the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency; slashing the National Institutes of Health; eliminating or drastically cutting research by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – for what it really is.

It’s part of Trump’s war on truth.

Throughout modern history, demagogues and tyrants have attacked scientists, researchers, investigators, analysts, professors, and all other sources of truth, including journalists. Some have even burned books.

That’s because tyrants don’t want independent sources of truth. Truth threatens their power. They want a monopoly on information, in order to keep the public in the dark. The most revolutionary act in a democracy is speaking truth to power, and spreading the truth so that others may speak it as well.

Trump tells big lies, attacks the independent press, and slashes funding for research. Connect the dots.
https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1507081802637744 (https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1507081802637744)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 17, 2017, 04:13:56 AM
Robert Reich writes:

Quote
It’s important to see Trump's massive budget cut in federally funded research -- eliminating the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency; slashing the National Institutes of Health; eliminating or drastically cutting research by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – for what it really is.

It’s part of Trump’s war on truth.

Throughout modern history, demagogues and tyrants have attacked scientists, researchers, investigators, analysts, professors, and all other sources of truth, including journalists. Some have even burned books.

That’s because tyrants don’t want independent sources of truth. Truth threatens their power. They want a monopoly on information, in order to keep the public in the dark. The most revolutionary act in a democracy is speaking truth to power, and spreading the truth so that others may speak it as well.

Trump tells big lies, attacks the independent press, and slashes funding for research. Connect the dots.
https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1507081802637744 (https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1507081802637744)

Obviously, I concur with Robert Reich.  Hopefully, Trump will get caught in his web of deceits; but I am not holding my breath (given that we have a GOP controlled Congress).
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 18, 2017, 05:42:50 PM
My good friend Alice F. has just tweeted @POTUS:

https://twitter.com/AF_Wetware/status/843137734692749313

Any chance of a "retweet" or three?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Jim Pettit on March 18, 2017, 09:45:01 PM
My good friend Alice F. has just tweeted @POTUS:

https://twitter.com/AF_Wetware/status/843137734692749313

Any chance of a "retweet" or three?

Just RT'ed...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Ranman99 on March 19, 2017, 12:52:23 AM
Now there is an idea. How about organised twitter storms at POTUS on strategically agreed upon data. Being the type of guy he is and with everyone watching his responses I think it would be valuable.

Maybe we could have a thread here - What to tweet POTUS - and all concerned folks can share those items in their other forums and also of course tweet POTUS.

Cheers,
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on March 19, 2017, 01:48:06 AM
Now there is an idea. How about organised twitter storms at POTUS on strategically agreed upon data. Being the type of guy he is and with everyone watching his responses I think it would be valuable.

Maybe we could have a thread here - What to tweet POTUS - and all concerned folks can share those items in their other forums and also of course tweet POTUS.

Cheers,

+1
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 19, 2017, 09:15:21 AM
Thanks Jim.

Now there is an idea. How about organised twitter storms at POTUS on strategically agreed upon data

Well I'm certainly not going to argue with that proposition! See also:

https://www.skepticalscience.com/tweet-or-not-at-donald-trump.html (https://www.skepticalscience.com/tweet-or-not-at-donald-trump.html)

In related news:

https://twitter.com/jim_hunt/status/843239042238025728 (https://twitter.com/jim_hunt/status/843239042238025728)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 23, 2017, 09:35:09 AM
The linked article is entitled: "Climate denier in White House prompts a 'March for Science' on Earth Day", and it indicates that the organizers are in need of funding as it has become more difficult to get the necessary permits for such a nationwide event since January 20, 2017.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/politics/article/With-climate-denier-in-White-House-a-March-for-11018058.php (http://www.seattlepi.com/local/politics/article/With-climate-denier-in-White-House-a-March-for-11018058.php)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 23, 2017, 05:32:12 PM
And so it begins; the linked article is entitled: "Bill Would Bar Discrimination Toward Climate Change Doubters"; which could make evidence-based scientists guilty of hate crime if say they were to deny a climate change denying scientist (with research funded by the fossil fuel industry) a tenured position.

http://staging.hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_DISCRIMINATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-22-19-01-38 (http://staging.hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_DISCRIMINATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-22-19-01-38)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 25, 2017, 10:16:44 PM
These will come as no surprise:

1)  Vice President Mike Pence, speaking in West Virginia coal country today: "The war on coal is over...a new era of American energy has begun."  (By which he means coal is good.  But he promises them nothing except they "will not be forgotten.")
https://twitter.com/cnnnewsroom/status/845703020151279617 (https://twitter.com/cnnnewsroom/status/845703020151279617)

2) Curry, Pielke, Christy -- all three superstars of climate denial will appear before the US House Science Committee next week!
https://www.facebook.com/SkepticalScience/posts/10154655804538335 (https://www.facebook.com/SkepticalScience/posts/10154655804538335)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on March 26, 2017, 06:46:36 AM
And so it begins; the linked article is entitled: "Bill Would Bar Discrimination Toward Climate Change Doubters"; which could make evidence-based scientists guilty of hate crime if say they were to deny a climate change denying scientist (with research funded by the fossil fuel industry) a tenured position.

http://staging.hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_DISCRIMINATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-22-19-01-38 (http://staging.hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_DISCRIMINATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-22-19-01-38)
Well this sort of a bill would be a reason for this thred to be in 'science section. Of course no sensible university would obey this. They really want to dumb down north american citicens. Coal-communism, or fossilic fascism.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 26, 2017, 09:42:32 AM
The linked Science article is entitled: "Lamar Smith, unbound, lays out political strategy at climate doubters’ conference", and it indicates that Smith has been emboldened by the election of Trump, to more aggressively attack many evidenced based science issues including climate research:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/lamar-smith-unbound-lays-out-political-strategy-climate-doubters-conference (http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/lamar-smith-unbound-lays-out-political-strategy-climate-doubters-conference)

Extract: "Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) rarely expresses his true feelings in public. But speaking yesterday to a like-minded crowd of climate change doubters and skeptics, the chairman of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives acknowledged that the committee is now a tool to advance his political agenda rather than a forum to examine important issues facing the U.S. research community.

Emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump, Smith appears increasingly comfortable dismissing those who disagree with his stance on any number of issues under the purview of his science committee, from climate research to the use of peer review in assessing research results and grant proposals. And one key element in his strategy appears to be relabeling common terms in hopes of shaping public dialogue.

In fact, as Smith told one audience member who worried that Trump might renege on some to his campaign promises, the sky’s the limit when it comes to dismantling the past 8 years of environmental regulations.

“I think the president has ushered in a permanent change in the political climate,” Smith asserted. “And by that I mean I think he’ll keep his promises and that he’ll do exactly what he said. You’re seeing that in his appointments, like Scott Pruitt at EPA, for example. So … I don’t think you’ll have any disappointment on any of those issues.”"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 27, 2017, 12:22:41 PM
Curry, Pielke, Christy -- all three superstars of climate denial will appear before the US House Science Committee next week!

My own take on that story:

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/a-report-on-the-state-of-the-arctic-in-2017/ (http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/a-report-on-the-state-of-the-arctic-in-2017/)

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
Lamar Smith comes to bury Michael Mann, not to praise him.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 28, 2017, 08:09:20 PM
Trump’s Climate Destruction Plan: A Deal He Can’t Close
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President Trump’s sprawling executive order directing the EPA and other agencies to start dismantling President Obama’s climate legacy flies in the face of law, science, and strong public support for climate action.

Trump’s executive order is a Climate Destruction Plan.  It attacks the centerpiece of his predecessor’s climate legacy, the Clean Power Plan to limit the carbon pollution from the nation’s existing fleet of power plants.

Trump’s order does not stop there. It tells the EPA to start rolling back carbon limits for new power plants.  It directs the EPA and the Bureau of Land Management to begin scrapping curbs on methane leakage from the oil and gas industry.

Today’s order follows earlier steps to start weakening clean car and fuel economy standards. And the order strikes at economic tools for quantifying the benefits of climate protections (the social cost of carbon) and repeals other executive orders and guidelines. ...

As destructive as it aspires to be, however, Trump’s executive order cannot erase Clean Air Act standards and other climate protection rules by itself.  Scott Pruitt and the president’s other minions must follow the rule of law.  They can tear down these regulations only using the same legal process it took to build them. Their final decisions must pass muster in the courts.
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/david-doniger/trumps-climate-destruction-plan-deal-he-cant-close (https://www.nrdc.org/experts/david-doniger/trumps-climate-destruction-plan-deal-he-cant-close)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 28, 2017, 08:46:22 PM
#ClimateMayors Letter to President Trump on Roll Back of US Climate Actions
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As members of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), we represent more than 41 million Americans in 75 cities across our nation — in red and blue states alike. We write to strongly object to your actions to roll back critically important U.S. climate policies including the Clean Power Plan and vehicle fuel efficiency standards, as well as proposed budget cuts to the EPA and critical federal programs like Energy Star....
https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/climatemayors-letter-to-president-trump-on-roll-back-of-us-climate-actions-639389c80f1c

Updated signatories as of 9am PT on March 28, 2017.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 29, 2017, 11:52:10 AM
Retired Rear Admiral David Titley expresses his views on the House Science Committee hearing later today:

Should Climate Scientists Boycott Congressional Hearings? (http://greatwhitecon.info/2017/03/should-climate-scientists-boycott-congressional-hearings/)

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We should no longer be duped into playing along with this strategy.

Despite sending many skilled science communicators to testify at the hearings over the years and even when scoring tactical victories, the strategic effect of participating at these hearings has been to sustain the perception of false equivalence, a perception only exaggerated by the majority’s ability to select a grossly disproportionate number of witnesses far removed from mainstream science (it’s not coincidence that Judith Curry, professor emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology, and John Christy, professor of atmospheric sciences, University of Alabama at Huntsville, are called upon so often by the Republicans).

A better response would be to simply boycott future hearings of this kind and to call out these hearings for what they are: a tactic to distract the public from a serious policy debate over how to manage both the short- and long-term risks of climate change.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 29, 2017, 01:47:33 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Trump has launched a blitzkrieg in the wars on science and Earth’s climate".  Indeed, this is not governance, but is a declaration of war on science.

https://www.skepticalscience.com/trump-blitzkrieg-wars-on-science-climate.html (https://www.skepticalscience.com/trump-blitzkrieg-wars-on-science-climate.html)

Extract: "Today, Trump signed executive orders taking aim at America’s climate policies. On the heels of a report finding that the world needs to halve its carbon pollution every decade to avoid dangerous climate change, Trump’s order would instead increase America’s carbon pollution, to the exclusive benefit of the fossil fuel industry."

See also the linked article entitled: "Planned Rollback of Climate Rules Unlikely to Achieve All Trump’s Goals".

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/climate/planned-rollback-of-climate-rules-unlikely-to-achieve-all-trumps-goals.html?_r=0 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/climate/planned-rollback-of-climate-rules-unlikely-to-achieve-all-trumps-goals.html?_r=0)

Extract: "Legal experts say it could take years for the Trump administration to unwind the Clean Power Plan, which itself has not yet been carried out because it has been temporarily frozen by a Supreme Court order. Those regulations sought to cut planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution from coal-fired power plants. If enacted, they would have shut down hundreds of those plants, frozen construction of future plants and replaced them with wind and solar farms."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Rick Aster on March 29, 2017, 07:08:40 PM
One researcher confirms a steady pace of deleted climate documents and data. Victoria Herrmann writing in The Guardian: "I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations."

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/28/arctic-researcher-donald-trump-deleting-my-citations (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/28/arctic-researcher-donald-trump-deleting-my-citations)

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Since January, the surge has transformed into a slow, incessant march of deleting datasets, webpages and policies about the Arctic. I now come to expect a weekly email request to replace invalid citations, hoping that someone had the foresight to download statistics about Arctic permafrost thaw or renewable energy in advance of the purge.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Jim Hunt on March 29, 2017, 11:08:56 PM
My initial report on today's House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on "Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method“:

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/the-house-science-climate-model-show-trial/ (http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/the-house-science-climate-model-show-trial/)

My YouTube feed cut out at the point Dana Rohrabacher got rather angry with Mike Mann! Correlation or causation?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on March 30, 2017, 01:28:44 AM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58dbae95e4b0cb23e65d06f5?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009 (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58dbae95e4b0cb23e65d06f5?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009)

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House Science Committee Chair Says Science Magazine Is Not ‘Objective’

Doh!!!
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on March 30, 2017, 04:21:48 AM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-coal-policy-will-likely-do-just-what-obamas-did/2017/03/29/7c5bb868-14b4-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-coal-policy-will-likely-do-just-what-obamas-did/2017/03/29/7c5bb868-14b4-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html)

"Trump’s coal policy will likely do just what Obama’s did"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on March 30, 2017, 05:00:12 AM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58dbae95e4b0cb23e65d06f5?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009 (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58dbae95e4b0cb23e65d06f5?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009)

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House Science Committee Chair Says Science Magazine Is Not ‘Objective’

Doh!!!
Translation:
"House Science Committee Chair won't accept any medicines invented after 1930s"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on March 30, 2017, 10:02:11 AM
The linked article is entitled: "US climate science hearing descends into bullying 'food-fight'.  It appears that Lamar Smith is so embolden by Trump that he is now attacking scientists directly in open Congressional hearings.

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-climate-science-descends-bullying-food-fight.html

Extract: "Lawmakers and scientists called names, lamented Soviet-era tactics and accused each other of wrongdoing at a nearly three-hour hearing on climate science in the US capital on Wednesday.

Some colleagues had urged Mann to boycott the hearing, titled "Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method."

"In the past, the science community has participated in these hearings, even though questioning the basics of climate change is akin to holding a hearing to examine whether the Earth orbits the sun," wrote David Titley, a professor in the department of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, in the Washington Post on Tuesday, the eve of the hearing."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Rick Aster on March 30, 2017, 05:21:03 PM
The climate office will probably be closed, but in the meantime, the term "climate change" is banned in all internal communication, according to a Politico source.

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’; The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy is the only office at DOE with the words ‘climate’ in its name, and it may be endangered as Trump looks to reorganize government agencies. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/energy-department-climate-change-phrases-banned-236655 (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/energy-department-climate-change-phrases-banned-236655)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on March 30, 2017, 07:14:53 PM
The climate office will probably be closed, but in the meantime, the term "climate change" is banned in all internal communication, according to a Politico source.

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’; The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy is the only office at DOE with the words ‘climate’ in its name, and it may be endangered as Trump looks to reorganize government agencies. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/energy-department-climate-change-phrases-banned-236655 (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/energy-department-climate-change-phrases-banned-236655)


Sad to see science disappear from the local politics. Is there any reason to buy anything technical from US anymore?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on April 01, 2017, 03:15:16 PM
From the barentsobserver.com/en:-
Putin signals climate change might not be human made.

A new age of Russo/US cooperation dawns ?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Jim Hunt on April 01, 2017, 03:21:49 PM
Much more on the aftermath of Wednesday's House Science Committee "climate science show trial":

http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/the-house-science-climate-model-show-trial/#Apr-1 (http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/the-house-science-climate-model-show-trial/#Apr-1)

Judith Curry is doubling down on Mike Mann's allegations of "climate science denial" on her part:

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Today is All Fools’ Day, but this is no joke.

What on Earth are Rep. Higgins and ex Prof. Curry on about with all this “RICO” business?

"Would you be able to at some future date provide to this committee evidence of your lack of association with the organisation Union of Concerned Scientists and lack of your association with the organisation called Climate Accountability Institute? Can you provide that documentation to this committee Sir?"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: wili on April 01, 2017, 03:39:50 PM
RobertScribbler forceufully weighs in on the general subject here:

https://robertscribbler.com/2017/03/31/the-fires-of-history-yet-rage-climate-change-and-the-authoritarian-assault-on-liberal-democracy/

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You may today be cajoled — through the internet — by none other than oil billionaire, petrostate dictator, former KGB agent, democracy saboteur, and Trump-supporter Vladimir Putin who’d try to use his supposedly legendary charm (or the merciless intimidation of his online agents and surrogates) to convince you of the false notion that the climate is changing but humans aren’t the cause (see — Putin Defends Climate Deniers and Looks Forward to Arctic Melting). If you’re one of those strong-willed enough to wrench your mind from the grasp of a man and his army of 15,000 information warfare trolls spreading misinformation aimed at the advancement of his destructive wealth and power, you could use the same powerful tool to actually directly contact real scientists — who’d tell you that about 100 percent or more of present warming is now being caused by human beings. So you could then give Putin a very justified big, fat middle finger salute.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on April 01, 2017, 09:53:13 PM
Putin calls on the US to join in efforts to save the polar bear and preserve arctic biodiversity.


https://www.rt.com/business/382837-putin-russia-united-states-arctic/ (https://www.rt.com/business/382837-putin-russia-united-states-arctic/)


Why do people insist on calling one of the most popular politicians in modern times a dictator? Have words lost all meaning?


Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: P-maker on April 01, 2017, 10:57:10 PM
Terry,

Sourced from this news outlet: https://on.rt.com/87kt (https://on.rt.com/87kt)  (or this version: https://www.rt.com/news/383069-peskov-cold-war-russia/ (https://www.rt.com/news/383069-peskov-cold-war-russia/) ),

 I came across the following quote:
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“New Cold War? Well, maybe even worse,” the Russian President’s spokesman told ABC News.“

I came to think, what is even worse than a new Cold War? Could it be a new business alliance between Trump and Putin aimed at melting the remaining sea ice this summer in the Arctic. The purpose seems to be to get US oil technology and Russian oil money into the game of ruining the rest of the Arctic ice masses, swiftly followed by a disturbance of the climate zones through twisted Jet Streams, leading to widespread disruption, regional conflicts and war. The latter would be called a collateral damage by some, but also a great opportunity for others to keep selling Russian Arctic oil and weaponry from both sides for decades to come.

Who ever thought up this plot, should be charged with crimes against humanity. The meaning of “Cold War” suddenly changes quite dramatically, if this potential alliance between the US and Russia bears fruit. Maybe “War against the Cold” would be a better phrase to use in this context.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on April 01, 2017, 11:45:24 PM
Putin calls on the US to join in efforts to save the polar bear and preserve arctic biodiversity.


https://www.rt.com/business/382837-putin-russia-united-states-arctic/ (https://www.rt.com/business/382837-putin-russia-united-states-arctic/)


Why do people insist on calling one of the most popular politicians in modern times a dictator? Have words lost all meaning?


Terry

Because he jails the opposition and protesters ??? Maybe he is popular in Russian. What is the view in the ex Soviet counties?  And I will trust they care about the environment when I see how the clean up the most polluted spots in the world in their own territory... 

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201704011052197679-russian-arctic-development-third-stage/ (https://sputniknews.com/russia/201704011052197679-russian-arctic-development-third-stage/)

Pretty happy with an iceless Arctic...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on April 02, 2017, 05:50:00 AM

Because he jails the opposition and protesters ??? 

Would they be the same protesters that insisted on marching in an unauthorized protest that disrupted a transportation hub rather than agreeing to protest a few blocks away?



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Maybe he is popular in Russian. What is the view in the ex Soviet counties?
Those ex Soviet countries in which he never ran?


Perhaps polling Bush or Trump's popularity in Canada or Mexico would offer similar results, but it still wouldn't make either a dictator.


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And I will trust they care about the environment when I see how the clean up the most polluted spots in the world in their own territory... 

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201704011052197679-russian-arctic-development-third-stage/ (https://sputniknews.com/russia/201704011052197679-russian-arctic-development-third-stage/)

Pretty happy with an iceless Arctic...


Better to refuse any offer of cooperation I suppose, since they've done so well on their own.


Terry
Sorry about the [/size][size] stuff, can't seem to do away with them.

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Bruce Steele on April 02, 2017, 07:04:04 AM
A few years ago I served a short stint on a water quality board that was collecting fees from farmers to test water quality in local watersheds from Monterey to Carpenteria Calif.  About one third of all streams were toxic to a water flea ( Ceriodaphnia Dubia )used to test water toxicity . That is water samples taken from local streams would kill the insects overnight in about one third of all samples . Samplers would count out fifty water fleas and place them in a stream water sample , they would also do another sample with a control with clean water.  I didn't do the sampling I just got access to the results.
 Chemical analysis revealed two insecticides were also present in the toxic samples in our area and other areas of Calif. that were kiliing the water fleas, and other insects. The EPA gave notice that the two insecticides responsible would be phased out . I thought giving farmers several years to find something to replace the chemicals responsible was generous to the extreme and I have been waiting ever since for the ban to go into effect. Diazinon and Chlorpyrifos were the two problem chemicals.
Today the EPA recended their our science advice and canceled the ban on Chlorpyrifos , the more toxic of the two problem pesticides.
 Scott Pruit and the EPA are probably putting human health at risk but they are also rendering whole watersheds toxic to the insect life that sustains fish populations.
 I wonder how long the clown show in Washington will go on ?  They are doing their damage while we argue about foreign meddling in an election campaign .  There isn't a single article about how this latest corporate handout will kill one more part of our native wildlife. I hope everyone enjoys their picture perfect produce.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/epa-scott-pruitt-overrides-agency-research-under-obama-pesticide-chlorpyrifos-farmers/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/epa-scott-pruitt-overrides-agency-research-under-obama-pesticide-chlorpyrifos-farmers/)


 

 
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: sidd on April 02, 2017, 07:18:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up. How much do the tests for Diazinon and Chlorpyrifos cost ? I got at least three streams to test.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Bruce Steele on April 02, 2017, 07:43:32 AM
Sidd, Here is a PDF with more explicit info about testing in the Salinas Valley. It was in the area of study for the board I served on. The test to  identify the pesticides in the water was an ELISA test. I was sitting as a farmer representative and I don't have a dollar estimate for the cost but I think getting some water fleas and doing some water tests would be fairly cheap. The brand names for Chlorpyrifos are Lorsban, Dursban and several others. Thank Dow Chemical.
 I think adding almonds to the international list of US crops in need of boycotts is in order.

http://www.ccamp.org/ccamp/documents/HuntSalinasStudy.pdf (http://www.ccamp.org/ccamp/documents/HuntSalinasStudy.pdf)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on April 02, 2017, 09:08:00 AM
Putin calls on the US to join in efforts to save the polar bear and preserve arctic biodiversity.


https://www.rt.com/business/382837-putin-russia-united-states-arctic/ (https://www.rt.com/business/382837-putin-russia-united-states-arctic/)


Why do people insist on calling one of the most popular politicians in modern times a dictator? Have words lost all meaning?


Terry

Pretty good April Fool's snark, actually elicited a hearty LOL.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: sidd on April 02, 2017, 09:45:33 PM
Thanks for the link, Mr. Steele.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Bruce Steele on April 05, 2017, 07:03:13 AM
Sidd, Check out the photo op on today's  signing of executive order 13777. 
Like I said "thank Dow chemical"  when all the fish and amphibians disappear.

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2017/02/dows_liveris_stands_beside_tru.html (http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2017/02/dows_liveris_stands_beside_tru.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: sidd on April 05, 2017, 08:47:17 AM
I take it you mean

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/24/presidential-executive-order-enforcing-regulatory-reform-agenda (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/24/presidential-executive-order-enforcing-regulatory-reform-agenda)

He's putting the bureaucracy in charge of making itself smaller ? I go and watch "Yes, Prime Minister" for a while. Or mebbe he should.

sidd
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: SteveMDFP on April 05, 2017, 03:49:18 PM
I take it you mean

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/24/presidential-executive-order-enforcing-regulatory-reform-agenda (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/24/presidential-executive-order-enforcing-regulatory-reform-agenda)

He's putting the bureaucracy in charge of making itself smaller ? I go and watch "Yes, Prime Minister" for a while. Or mebbe he should.

sidd

I think it's largely just for show.  He promised the corporate world a dramatic reduction in "regulatory burden." This order is something he can wave about to show he means business (pun intended).

The reality is that regulations are put forward mostly to implement statutory law.  If the underlying legislation is still in place, the regulations can't legally be just rescinded.  They *could* be revised, by the well-established lengthy process of publicizing proposed re-interpretations of the legislation, and public comment periods.  But any radical re-interpretations of law will be met with legal challenges that will slow this effort to a crawl.

Essentially, hs promise to reduce "regulatory burdens" can't effectively be delivered without changing a lot of laws in Congress.  Even with Rs in a majority in both Houses, this is a slow process.  And it will grind to a halt as the Gopenfuhrer loses friends on the Hill.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on April 05, 2017, 03:56:34 PM
He is reducing regulatory burdens like mediocre administrators reduce cost. Just cut the budget and let lower employees figure out how to make it work.

When he was elected I though, hey maybe the guy actually has innovative ways to make policies that make the government more efficient. But no. Only mediocre middle management tactics to reduce cost. No innovative policies. No long term changes that make america great again.   
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 15, 2017, 01:00:52 PM
I am unable to find words adequate to describe the destruction this administration is wreaking in order to provide a few years of profit for highly-polluting industries.

Trump-era damage to the EPA appears increasingly brutal
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-era-damage-the-epa-appears-increasingly-brutal (http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-era-damage-the-epa-appears-increasingly-brutal)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on April 15, 2017, 03:25:16 PM
He is reducing regulatory burdens like mediocre administrators reduce cost. Just cut the budget and let lower employees figure out how to make it work.

When he was elected I though, hey maybe the guy actually has innovative ways to make policies that make the government more efficient. But no. Only mediocre middle management tactics to reduce cost. No innovative policies. No long term changes that make america great again.

How would he know of any innovative policies?? Has he applied them in his businesses? Has any repub governor introduced such efficiencies? Has any repub lawmaker ever introduced a bill proposing such innovations? All they know is a guttural CUT CUT.

People ascribe way too much to the word Businessman. I am really baffled by the expectations....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 19, 2017, 01:07:28 AM
Climate Activists Plot How to Turn Anti-Trump Rage Into Anti-Trump Votes
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Activists planning the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. on April 29 are mapping out a far more ambitious trek than that day's walk from the Capitol to the White House. They are trying to turn rage over the Trump administration's rollback of climate change policy and budget cuts targeting science into actual political clout.
...
Climate activists had selected April 29 as a day of mobilization long before they knew that they'd be locked in battle with the Trump administration. Planning began last summer, with People's Climate March organizers hoping to reprise a 2014 protest in New York, when more than 400,000 people took to the streets ahead of a United Nations summit. It was the largest climate march in history. Organizers believe that the outpouring had helped prod President Obama and set the stage for the Paris accord the following year....
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18042017/climate-change-peoples-climate-march-environmentalists-donald-trump
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 19, 2017, 01:22:30 AM
Did you notice when the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management website changed their header photo from a family viewing natural vistas, to a coal seam?

http://mashable.com/2017/04/06/interior-department-changes-webpage-coal-pile/ (http://mashable.com/2017/04/06/interior-department-changes-webpage-coal-pile/)

Well, now it's a bright shiny pipeline.  Crossing a river.

https://www.blm.gov (https://www.blm.gov)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Eli81 on April 21, 2017, 10:41:25 AM
I don't know why exactly, but that caused me a good hearty laugh. I mean, if I were a denier, I would find that pretty hilarious.

We've got children at the helms of all of these important organizations who are out to play games.

It's like a scene from a bad movie. Except we're living it.

And the movie just started......
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on April 21, 2017, 03:45:35 PM
The linked article is entitled: "The Carbon Brief Interview: Michael Gerrard", and it focuses on how both the Trump Administration and the GOP are assaulting climate science:

https://www.carbonbrief.org/carbon-brief-interview-michael-gerrard (https://www.carbonbrief.org/carbon-brief-interview-michael-gerrard)

Extract: "Gerrard on the election of Donald Trump: “In short, it’s been catastrophic.”"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 22, 2017, 03:33:27 PM
”Dow Chemical wrote a $1 million check to help underwrite Trump's inaugural festivities.”

Dow Chemical Pushes White House to Kill Risk Study Showing Pesticide Dangers
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WASHINGTON — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration that's open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to President Donald Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump's Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them "to set aside" the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed....
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dow-chemical-pushes-white-house-kill-risk-study-showing-pesticide-n749396 (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dow-chemical-pushes-white-house-kill-risk-study-showing-pesticide-n749396)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 22, 2017, 03:38:55 PM
 You can register to attend the March for Science today virtually.


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Register to attend your local march

On April 22, 2017, join us for an unprecedented gathering of people standing together to acknowledge and voice the critical role that science plays in each of our lives.

*If you will be attending virtually, please select Washington DC or your local march and you will be given an option for virtual marching.

To register, all that we require is your name and email address to ensure accurate counts of participants.  If you have the time, please share additional details with us.  Our insatiable curiosity leaves us with many questions that we want answered — we can only do that with your participation!  For more information on our privacy policy, please click here.  ...

https://www.marchforscience.com/satellite-marches/ (https://www.marchforscience.com/satellite-marches/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 22, 2017, 03:59:55 PM
And yes, the March for Science is happening around the globe, not just the U.S.
  Eric Holthaus is live-tweeting march news at:
https://mobile.twitter.com/ericholthaus/


Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 23, 2017, 12:11:53 AM
The March for Science stretched all the way to the North Pole
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The Trump administration's assault on scientific evidence and research funding may have triggered the March for Science, but the more than 500 events around the world on Saturday demonstrated that the movement is truly global. ...
http://mashable.com/2017/04/22/march-for-science-photos-worldwide/ (http://mashable.com/2017/04/22/march-for-science-photos-worldwide/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 23, 2017, 12:39:09 AM
Even Trump's Earth Day message was anti-science
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...
Along with some faint praise of America's "abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty," Trump used Earth Day to talk about jobs.

"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," Trump said.
...
http://mashable.com/2017/04/22/trump-earth-day-statement-anti-science/ (http://mashable.com/2017/04/22/trump-earth-day-statement-anti-science/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on April 23, 2017, 01:13:19 AM
The linked article is entitled: "March for Science or March for Reality?".  Hopefully, the public comes to realize that Mother Nature doesn't care what people believe to be true, only what is true.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/march-for-science-or-march-for-reality/

Extract: "Hostility toward the former is troublesome, but hostility toward the latter is the underlying issue

The Trump Administration is discovering that obfuscation, denial, and hype may work when selling real estate, but in public arena eventually reality has a way of biting you in the butt. And the public is watching. The March for Science may be lucky to capitalize upon a growing awareness that there is no Wizard behind the curtain. The number of marchers, their backgrounds, or even their myriad messages may not drive the success of the March. Rather, it may be driven by the harsh examples coming out every day that reality exists independent of the desires or claims of those in power. In this case, the greatest asset the March for Science has going for it may be Donald Trump himself."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on April 23, 2017, 03:51:55 PM
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.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 24, 2017, 03:54:38 PM
The Energy Department is reportedly denying funds for already-approved grants
The grant-making ARPA-E program was targeted for elimination in Trump budget.
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After proposing to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in its draft budget, the Trump administration, through the Department of Energy, has started withholding money for grants already approved by the agency, Politico reported Thursday, citing two unidentified sources.

The hold on the money for the grants began last week, Politico reported. During his run for the White House, President Donald Trump promised to target federal funding for agencies, like ARPA-E, that promote clean energy technologies.
...
https://thinkprogress.org/arpa-e-funding-not-going-through-5da18dccd935
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 30, 2017, 01:48:00 PM
People's Climate March

Climate protest takes on Trump's policies -- and the heat -- in DC march
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/us/climate-change-march/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/us/climate-change-march/index.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: DrTskoul on April 30, 2017, 09:34:27 PM
The Energy Department is reportedly denying funds for already-approved grants
The grant-making ARPA-E program was targeted for elimination in Trump budget.
Quote
After proposing to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in its draft budget, the Trump administration, through the Department of Energy, has started withholding money for grants already approved by the agency, Politico reported Thursday, citing two unidentified sources.

The hold on the money for the grants began last week, Politico reported. During his run for the White House, President Donald Trump promised to target federal funding for agencies, like ARPA-E, that promote clean energy technologies.
...
https://thinkprogress.org/arpa-e-funding-not-going-through-5da18dccd935

Effing morons....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 03, 2017, 10:22:17 PM
EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration got an earful Tuesday from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren't tough enough, even as it was seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut.

The Environmental Protection Agency held a three-hour "virtual listening session" on Tuesday to collect public comments by phone about which clean water regulations should be targeted for repeal, replacement or modification. The call was part of the agency's response to President Donald Trump's order to get rid of regulations that are burdensome to business and industry.

Both the phone-in session and the nearly 6,000 written comments submitted so far and published on a federal website were dominated by those staunchly opposed to the planned regulatory rollback. Many identified themselves as being affiliated with environmental groups. Others said they were taxpayers worried about maintaining safe sources of drinking water.

"I actually enjoy breathing clean air and drinking clean water and would find it quite burdensome not to," said Emily Key, who identified herself as a citizen worried about what cancer-causing chemicals children may be exposed to.
...
https://www.apnews.com/0268b0a422ae496fad051a9720588664 (https://www.apnews.com/0268b0a422ae496fad051a9720588664)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on May 05, 2017, 05:42:17 PM
The linked article is entitled: " US tells China it has ‘no plan yet’ to meet its 2020 climate target", and it indicates that the Trump Administration has formally stated that it has no intentions of meeting America's Paris Pact pledges.

https://www.carbonbrief.org/us-tells-china-it-has-no-plan-yet-to-meet-its-2020-climate-target (https://www.carbonbrief.org/us-tells-china-it-has-no-plan-yet-to-meet-its-2020-climate-target)

Extract: "The US has no plan yet for how to meet its 2020 climate target and has made no analysis of the impact of recent policy changes, according to an official submission to the UN.

The details emerged in a series of terse, repetitive answers to an international climate action peer-review process, known as the Multilateral Assessment. The US submission, which was published this week, says “jobs, economic growth and energy independence” are its priority.

The assessment process sees countries ask each other questions about progress towards their climate pledges. The process works on a rolling basis, with the US one of 18 nations currently undergoing review along with other major emitters Russia and Japan. Note that the UK completed its review last year."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 07, 2017, 12:03:39 AM
When he was Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt filed numerous suits against the EPA on behalf of fossil fuel interests in his state.  Now that he is head of the EPA, he waited to hear from the ethics office before he agreed to recuse himself from those suits.

Pruitt recuses himself from Clean Power Plan, WOTUS suits
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U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has recused himself from several cases that he pursued against the agency as Oklahoma attorney general.

Pruitt has signed a recusal statement, dated yesterday, which was obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act. The four-page document lays out several lawsuits pending before the agency that Pruitt has agreed to step away from during his tenure as EPA chief.

"This recusal statement addresses all of my ethics obligations," Pruitt said in the statement.

Pruitt said he would not participate for one year after his Senate confirmation in matters involving certain parties, including the state of Oklahoma and the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a public policy group involving Republican attorneys general that targeted environmental rules.
...
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060054153 (https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060054153)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 08, 2017, 04:38:06 PM
Why not just kill us all now?  Would be simpler.  :o  ::)

BREAKING: "The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.

A spokesman for the E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate, as part of the wide net it plans to cast."


https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/posts/367901443604176 (https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/posts/367901443604176)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 09, 2017, 07:51:27 PM
Chicago mayor Emanuel posts EPA’s deleted climate change page
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s response to the Trump administration pulling down its website detailing information about climate change: putting up his own.

The new section of the City of Chicago’s website, launched this weekend, pulls data from the archived Environmental Protection Agency page, noting, “while this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it.” Emanuel is promising to build the site out more in the coming weeks, using city resources.
...
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/06/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-posts-epa-deleted-climate-change-page-238067 (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/06/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-posts-epa-deleted-climate-change-page-238067)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 14, 2017, 11:09:19 PM
This is mostly about addressing the increasing risk of "the big one" in California, but the denial discussion fits climate change, as well. 

“Our building code only asks that buildings not kill you. It does not ask that they be usable” after a quake, said Jones.

Earthquake denial gets a lot harder when you stand on top of the San Andreas fault
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-jones-quake-05142017-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-jones-quake-05142017-story.html)
(I got a "subscription options" pop-up, but it closed after a few seconds.)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on May 15, 2017, 05:28:19 PM
From the Guardian (UK)

"Trump is deleting climate change, one site at a time

The administration has taken a hatchet to climate change language across government websites. Here are several of the more egregious examples"

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/14/donald-trump-climate-change-mentions-government-websites (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/14/donald-trump-climate-change-mentions-government-websites)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 15, 2017, 10:10:39 PM
Barry Myers, AccuWeather chief executive, emerges as front-runner for NOAA’s top job

"Should Myers be Trump’s choice, he has supporters on Capitol Hill, and appears to be in good standing with the House Science Committee."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/15/barry-myers-accuweather-chief-executive-emerges-as-front-runner-for-noaa-top-job/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/15/barry-myers-accuweather-chief-executive-emerges-as-front-runner-for-noaa-top-job/)

Not mentioned in the article:
• The House Science Committee is anti-science.
• Accuweather's Joe Bastardi is a big time climate change denier.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 16, 2017, 03:36:31 AM
Trump's EPA Greenlights a Nasty pesticide: chlorpyrifos. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers.

"Anybody that was exposed, we encourage them to seek medical attention immediately," a California public health official stated.

Quote
...
Many public health experts, scientists, and environmentalists have for years been pushing for a ban on chlorpyrifos, and last year it was looking like the Environmental Protection Agency intended to instate one....

But in March, the EPA abruptly changed its stance on chlorpyrifos, greenlighting it instead of banning it. The decision, among the first major ones made by Scott Pruitt in his tenure as EPA chief, caused outrage in public health circles. Dow AgroSciences applauded the decision. ...
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/05/california-farm-workers-just-got-poisoned-nasty-pesticide-greenlghted-trump (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/05/california-farm-workers-just-got-poisoned-nasty-pesticide-greenlghted-trump)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on May 16, 2017, 02:01:07 PM
Barry Myers, AccuWeather chief executive, emerges as front-runner for NOAA’s top job

"Should Myers be Trump’s choice, he has supporters on Capitol Hill, and appears to be in good standing with the House Science Committee."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/15/barry-myers-accuweather-chief-executive-emerges-as-front-runner-for-noaa-top-job/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/15/barry-myers-accuweather-chief-executive-emerges-as-front-runner-for-noaa-top-job/)

Not mentioned in the article:
• The House Science Committee is anti-science.
• Accuweather's Joe Bastardi is a big time climate change denier.


What's with The Washington Post. Is this simply bad reporting, or an effort to deceive?
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Bruce Steele on May 16, 2017, 02:58:30 PM
Sigmetnow, Chlorpyrifos is damn nasty stuff. It has rendered many watersheds in California sterile for insect life. This of course limits the availability of food for fish or other creatures further up the food chain. Dursban, Lorsban( Chlorpyrifos) is regularly applied to Cole crops and used  on wine grapes and almonds. I had been waiting for the EPA to ban the crap but the Republicans have their own priorities. Again will not see issue covered in mainstream media and so consumers of vegetables have no idea they are consuming this stuff or take any responsibility for it's effects on the 
enviornment. "What you don't know won't hurt you"  idiom of content. Keep on shopping.

http://www.dowagro.com/en-us/usag/product-solution-finder/insecticides/lorsbanadvanced (http://www.dowagro.com/en-us/usag/product-solution-finder/insecticides/lorsbanadvanced)

Click on Crops for an eye opening list
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 17, 2017, 10:38:59 PM
Barry Myers, AccuWeather chief executive, emerges as front-runner for NOAA’s top job

"Should Myers be Trump’s choice, he has supporters on Capitol Hill, and appears to be in good standing with the House Science Committee."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/15/barry-myers-accuweather-chief-executive-emerges-as-front-runner-for-noaa-top-job/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/05/15/barry-myers-accuweather-chief-executive-emerges-as-front-runner-for-noaa-top-job/)

Not mentioned in the article:
• The House Science Committee is anti-science.
• Accuweather's Joe Bastardi is a big time climate change denier.


What's with The Washington Post. Is this simply bad reporting, or an effort to deceive?
Terry

 If you are referring to my "not mentioned" items, I would say: 1) the House Science Committee being anti-science is well known by anyone who follows their actions (thus they may have been employing sarcasm, since WaPo covers Congress quite extensively), and 2) you may need to follow climate scientists on Twitter to know about Joe Bastardi.  I know he rants there, I don't know about anywhere else.  Or maybe that is not seen as relevant.  But WaPo's reporting is normally very highly regarded.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 17, 2017, 10:40:28 PM
Trump’s nominee for USDA “chief scientist” is not a scientist
Sam Clovis, a climate change denier, has no background in science or agriculture
Quote
President Trump looks to nominate Sam Clovis, a former economics professor and conservative talk-radio host, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top scientific position.

If appointed, Clovis, a climate change denier, would oversee projects ranging from food nutrition to the effects of climate change on crop development. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, this position is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.” Clovis checks one of these boxes. Maybe.

An early advisor to the Trump campaign, Clovis has a master’s in business administration and a doctoral degree in public administration, and appears to have no published scientific or academic work to his name. In fact, Kara McCullough, the recently-crowned Miss USA who holds a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry, might just be more qualified to lead the office than Clovis....
https://medium.com/i-climate-scientists/trumps-nominee-for-usda-chief-scientist-is-not-a-scientist-5c2e16e3c04d
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on May 18, 2017, 12:32:45 PM

 If you are referring to my "not mentioned" items, I would say: 1) the House Science Committee being anti-science is well known by anyone who follows their actions (thus they may have been employing sarcasm, since WaPo covers Congress quite extensively), and 2) you may need to follow climate scientists on Twitter to know about Joe Bastardi.  I know he rants there, I don't know about anywhere else.  Or maybe that is not seen as relevant.  But WaPo's reporting is normally very highly regarded.
I was referring to your "not mentioned" items


1)If sarcasm was the objective it was certainly well hidden from their readership.
2)Before there was a Twitter, there was a Joe Bastardi. Within a week of becoming interested in global warming I'd identified Joe & Tony as bad actors.


Washington Post's reporting is normally highly regarded, hence my post.


Terry
P.S.
I will pay more attention to what Wapo prints as the result of this.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 20, 2017, 08:23:56 PM
Chairman of the U.S. House Science Committee.

Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas Has a Problem with Science – and with Voters
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...
Smith has always been well liked by the energy industry — he has received more than $700,000 from the oil and gas industry over the course of his career, more than from any other sector — but his newfound power has clearly delighted climate deniers, as evidenced by the hero’s welcome he received when he gave the keynote address at the Heartland Institute’s Climate Conference in March.

Not everyone is pleased with Smith’s successes on behalf of polluting industries. National environmental groups are beginning to target Smith for being “one of the worst climate change deniers in Congress,” as Craig Auster of the League of Conservation Voters described him. And just as he is reaching the height of his power in Washington, Smith is facing a wave of outrage from constituents in Texas that could present the first real challenge for his seat in 30 years....
https://theintercept.com/2017/05/20/congressman-lamar-smith-of-texas-has-a-problem-with-science-and-with-voters/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 23, 2017, 09:38:15 PM
The Center for Biological Diversity just sued the Trump administration over climate censorship.

Lawsuit Targets Trump's Climate-change Censorship
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WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today sued the Trump administration to uncover public records showing that federal employees have been censored from using words or phrases related to climate change in formal agency communications.

Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeks to require four federal agencies to release climate-censorship records, in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. The Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior and Department of State have failed to provide records requested by the Center or indicate when they might do so, violating deadlines established under the law.

“The Trump administration’s refusal to release public information about its climate censorship continues a dangerous and illegal pattern of anti-science denial,” said Taylor McKinnon at the Center. “Just as censorship won’t change climate science, foot-dragging and cover-ups won’t be tolerated under the public records law.”

The Center on March 30 filed Freedom of Information Act requests for all directives or communications barring or removing climate-related words or phrases from any formal agency communications. The records requests followed news reports that federal agencies had removed climate information from government websites and instructed Department of Energy staff to avoid using the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reductions” and “Paris agreement.”

The Center has filed identical requests with the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

On March 23 the Center joined conservation biologist Stuart Pimm and the Center for Media and Democracy in a separate Freedom of Information Act request to prevent the administration from removing hundreds of environmental data sets on government websites.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, when federal agencies receive requests for the same records three or more times, they must make the records freely available to the public on their websites — a rule known as “the Beetlejuice provision.”

Records responsive to the Center’s climate censorship requests will be made available to the public and the media.
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/climate-change-05-23-2017.php (http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/climate-change-05-23-2017.php)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on May 24, 2017, 02:47:54 PM
More censorship. It seems that the fraudsters are settling in.

Interior Dept. censors climate change from news release on coastal flooding: ‘It didn’t add anything’

https://thinkprogress.org/interior-dept-censors-climate-change-89a4993400b3

Quote
Instead, according to three of the study’s co-authors, the following line was censored from the release: “Global climate change drives sea-level rise, increasing the frequency of coastal flooding.” The significance of the line is underscored by the fact it is the very first line of the study’s abstract. The Post reports that “the decision to change the news release came from officials at the Interior Department itself.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on May 24, 2017, 05:16:11 PM
The 2018 federal budget submitted by the Trump administration has been described as "dead in the water" given the extreme nature of cuts and defunding across just about every important government, human services, and science related program.  Here is specific detail regarding several critical ENSO and tsunami monitoring programs.  The final version of the budget will need to go through Congress, but here you see the intent of this awful administration.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on May 24, 2017, 10:51:04 PM
Trump is basically blinding NASA about climate change. This will be remembered as treason against mankind.

Trump's 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions


http://www.space.com/36989-nasa-budget-cancels-five-earth-science-missions.html (http://www.space.com/36989-nasa-budget-cancels-five-earth-science-missions.html)

Quote
The other four Earth-science projects to get the ax in the proposed 2018 budget are the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite; the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) experiment; the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder; and the Earth-viewing instruments aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on May 24, 2017, 11:07:30 PM
Trump is basically blinding NASA about climate change. This will be remembered as treason against mankind.

Trump's 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions


http://www.space.com/36989-nasa-budget-cancels-five-earth-science-missions.html (http://www.space.com/36989-nasa-budget-cancels-five-earth-science-missions.html)

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The other four Earth-science projects to get the ax in the proposed 2018 budget are the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite; the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) experiment; the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder; and the Earth-viewing instruments aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft.


He's following in Harper's footsteps, and it was this path that lead to Harper's crushing defeat.


We're hyper aware of denier screeds and may not realize how many potential voters care deeply about environmental issues. The loud, sometimes sponsored voices screaming out against AGW can make it seem a though they are the voice of the majority, but, no matter how many soc puppets one person manipulates, he still controls only one vote.
This budget will force every congress critter to put their name for or against the environment, then face their own constituents.
Bad for the environment, bad for Trump & bad for almost all Republicans. Should make the 2018 election interesting.


Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on May 25, 2017, 08:27:36 PM
Trump is basically blinding NASA about climate change. This will be remembered as treason against mankind.

Trump's 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions


http://www.space.com/36989-nasa-budget-cancels-five-earth-science-missions.html (http://www.space.com/36989-nasa-budget-cancels-five-earth-science-missions.html)

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The other four Earth-science projects to get the ax in the proposed 2018 budget are the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite; the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) experiment; the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder; and the Earth-viewing instruments aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft.


He's following in Harper's footsteps, and it was this path that lead to Harper's crushing defeat.

We're hyper aware of denier screeds and may not realize how many potential voters care deeply about environmental issues. The loud, sometimes sponsored voices screaming out against AGW can make it seem a though they are the voice of the majority, but, no matter how many soc puppets one person manipulates, he still controls only one vote.
This budget will force every congress critter to put their name for or against the environment, then face their own constituents.
Bad for the environment, bad for Trump & bad for almost all Republicans. Should make the 2018 election interesting.

Terry

extremely accurate statement, once upon a time when everyone was afraid from an attack by the USSR of some kind i always said that i'm not afraid because not one government in history survived agains it's citizens and the prevailing public needs and opinion. hence you're spot on, it will only add to the downfall of those who try to protect their share of the cake now and as someone else said in this forum, it will be remembered as a crime "treason" agains mankind. bold words but not in a mood to repeat the lot to go into details, bad for everyone, exactly as you put it, thanks.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on June 03, 2017, 06:00:41 PM
This budget will force every congress critter to put their name for or against the environment, then face their own constituents.
Bad for the environment, bad for Trump & bad for almost all Republicans. Should make the 2018 election interesting.

Per the linked article the GOP conservative base is energized by anti-climate tribalism.  I think that it is time that the GOP leadership man-up and take responsibility for their actions, and start embracing science rather than tribalism:

Article title: “Climate change as culture war: Trump’s Paris pullout is a giant middle finger to the left”

http://www.salon.com/2017/06/03/climate-change-as-culture-war-trumps-paris-pullout-is-a-giant-middle-finger-to-the-left/ (http://www.salon.com/2017/06/03/climate-change-as-culture-war-trumps-paris-pullout-is-a-giant-middle-finger-to-the-left/)

Extract: “For American conservatives, climate change is not fundamentally understood as an environmental, economic or moral issue. Instead, it has become a symbolic front in the culture war that has metastasized in the past couple of decades, touching on every aspect of life, from how we eat to the kind of cars we drive.

“Tribalism has also entirely subsumed the US conservative movement,” David Roberts at Vox wrote on Friday. “The intellectual core has all but rotted; what remains are older, rural and suburban white men and their wives, angry that their tribe is being demoted from its hegemonic position.”

But American conservatives, including not just Trump but most Republican voters and the vast majority of GOP politicians, see climate change as a phony problem invented by liberals and made up to emasculate white men by making them drive girly little cars. It’s seen strictly in terms of the tribal struggle that Roberts describes. The fear of being contaminated by “liberal” habits runs so deep on the right that researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania found in 2013  that advertising lightbulbs as environment-friendly made conservatives less likely to buy them.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Bruce Steele on June 04, 2017, 07:46:04 AM
Abrupt, Maybe we liberals need to quit thinking we can somehow convert the conservatives and look at this as a battle the same way the conservatives see it. Hit'em where it hurts just like withdrawing from the Paris accords is intended to hurt, hurt us , hurt us damn liberals. So how do we strategically hurt the conservatives?  Hit'em in the corn, crush their soybean markets. Spread far and wide the pain just like they will continue to spread their agenda, an agenda of pain directed at us. And no , renewable energy won't break them in time. We have only two or three years not the twenty or thirty solar will take. You gotta hit GMO's like it matters, crush their markets. Bring down some economic pain on the people promoting Donnie and his policies. Not the Russia crap but bottom line war on the the people supporting his agenda. To some degree singling out his core base and crushing them. They have guns, they have rural votes but honestly they are economically vulnerable and with a little coordination they can be defeated fair and square, in the markets.
 We Americans are but 350 million of 7.6 billion people. The markets for corn, Mexico or Africa, or our Asian markets for soya are international and it is those international markets that can either allow republicans and their royal trump to drive down international agreements like Paris or on a larger scale ,international agreements in general. America first is a warning shot. But it is just like it is posed , America first and fight back if you can. A challenge to Mexico, a challenge to Africa, Pacific Islanders , Asia in general , Korea .  Do you want cheap commodities or .... Something like a future?

My post # 1000. What should be done will hurt me. I can take a little more pain for a future that benefits the greater good. This is a battle ,not a conversation. There is a lot of anger out there and we better know how we need to fight to win, or we won't.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: FridaF on June 04, 2017, 01:10:04 PM
I like Trump. Finally someone is telling the truth without any stupid political correctness, for example about illegal immigration.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Neven on June 04, 2017, 02:33:22 PM
Welcome, FridaF.

I like Trump. Finally someone is telling the truth without any stupid political correctness, for example about illegal immigration.

That's another discussion. What do you think about the Trump administration's actions with regards to science and the large-scale attempt to make AGW denial official? Of course, there is some political correctness involved with AGW, but to me this looks like throwing away the baby with the bath water. And the bath tub as well. And the toilet.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on June 04, 2017, 04:48:56 PM
Bruce


As a Canadian I see "Put America First" as a declaration of economic war. Not a hot war, but war by other means.


Trump drew the lines quite clearly, it's America against the world. While this may resonate in the "Heartland" it sounds, to me at least, like the bellowing of a well armed gambler who, after looking at his hand, demands that we play 4s wild. We may have a 4 in our hand, but that isn't the game we were playing.


Some will continue to play. Some will fold and start a new game without "The Donald". None will be happy.


Is Donald just a belligerent drunk who'll be fine in the morning? Is he a sadist who revels in the pain he causes? Will his successor follow his lead, or is this merely an aberration? Do Donald and Pence represent Twenty First Century America. Is America the country of Bush & Chaney or Obama & Biden?


Each country, every trade block, and all international players are asking these questions. Their answers will vary. Have Americans played fair in the past? in recent years? Have they ever played fair? Is America a good international citizen that follows the rules? When America claims itself to be "The Exception", what are they telling us?


We know that America has the most expensive military in the world, by far, but we know that the Chinese can build a high rise in 15 days. Do these fact matter? How do they matter?


I think that the world is holding it's collective breath. I think the questions above, and more, are being asked, and I think actions based on the answers arrived at are forthcoming.


America is not going quietly into the night. Neither is the rest of the world.


Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Väina on June 04, 2017, 05:34:30 PM

Extract: “For American conservatives, climate change is not fundamentally understood as an environmental, economic or moral issue. Instead, it has become a symbolic front in the culture war that has metastasized in the past couple of decades, touching on every aspect of life, from how we eat to the kind of cars we drive.

But American conservatives, including not just Trump but most Republican voters and the vast majority of GOP politicians, see climate change as a phony problem invented by liberals and made up to emasculate white men by making them drive girly little cars.
...”

I think one should be careful in interpreting polling results. Quite a lot depends on the questions and background. My impression based on the last 10 years of polling results is that the US republican voters still majorly support actions to curb AGW, if asked that. But the results might be different if the question is given as a choice between alternatives, depending on alternatives. Thus one can never be entirely sure unless the question is specific enough (for example, a support for a carbon tax of 100 USD per ton of carbon, with all of it equally redistributed to the US citizens as dividends according to the 100% carbon tax and dividend scheme).

I'd say the definition of true conservatives is the ones who try to follow the precautionary principle (trying to avoid type II errors).

I simply cringe to see tying conservatism to destruction and leftism to protecting nature. In these parts of Europe where I live, it is usually the other way around - true conservatives are the only true greens. In my view, tribalism is what happens when one destroys nativism.
So I guess the question is, how to more accurately label (tribal) groups.

PS. Many thanks to AbruptSLR and Neven and other posters here. I have been reading ASIB and ASIF almost since the very start of it. Trump is destroying EPA and US climate science, but he is not a conservative to my mind.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on June 04, 2017, 05:35:00 PM
Bruce


As a Canadian I see "Put America First" as a declaration of economic war. Not a hot war, but war by other means.


Trump drew the lines quite clearly, it's America against the world. While this may resonate in the "Heartland" it sounds, to me at least, like the bellowing of a well armed gambler who, after looking at his hand, demands that we play 4s wild. We may have a 4 in our hand, but that isn't the game we were playing.


Some will continue to play. Some will fold and start a new game without "The Donald". None will be happy.


Is Donald just a belligerent drunk who'll be fine in the morning? Is he a sadist who revels in the pain he causes? Will his successor follow his lead, or is this merely an aberration? Do Donald and Pence represent Twenty First Century America. Is America the country of Bush & Chaney or Obama & Biden?


Each country, every trade block, and all international players are asking these questions. Their answers will vary. Have Americans played fair in the past? in recent years? Have they ever played fair? Is America a good international citizen that follows the rules? When America claims itself to be "The Exception", what are they telling us?


We know that America has the most expensive military in the world, by far, but we know that the Chinese can build a high rise in 15 days. Do these fact matter? How do they matter?


I think that the world is holding it's collective breath. I think the questions above, and more, are being asked, and I think actions based on the answers arrived at are forthcoming.


America is not going quietly into the night. Neither is the rest of the world.


Terry

another great post, not much to add but as to building the high-rise in 15 days, one of the key factors in WWII and why allies finally won was the capability of the US to spit out thousands of airplanes of quality, tanks, vessels as well as jeeps etc, in "felt" no time.

so if we translate the capability of building a 30 story building in 15 days and high-speed rail tracks in "felt" no time and at quality as well, i think this could indeed be a factor should we ever get to the  point where it counts. i suspect that you perhaps even were thinking into this direction when asking the question?

since my current official domicile is still in shenzhen/prc i have a bit of an idea how things are going over there and i have to say that even though in switzerland most of the things are close to perfection, i'm permanently impressed by china, their ways, the quality as well as by their history, including all the stuff westerners claim to have invented while in reality they have ;) and long ago.

kudos,  a lot of good stuff for my gusto from your side, a lot of insight and much more valuable IMO than posting images that everyone has access to anyways.

i think the key to everything is how think and act while the analyzes would only serve to find out what (would be ) necessary while i have little hope that this world will ever learn the smart and smooth way, but to continue to learn the hard way for the umpteenth time.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on June 04, 2017, 08:25:52 PM
So I guess the question is, how to more accurately label (tribal) groups.

PS. Many thanks to AbruptSLR and Neven and other posters here. I have been reading ASIB and ASIF almost since the very start of it. Trump is destroying EPA and US climate science, but he is not a conservative to my mind.

Väina

Thanks for honoring me with your first post.  Tribal labels are tricky things and do not necessarily come from polls (for example polls indicate that 'conservatives' are more likely to acknowledge that climate change is real if the poll question indicates that geoengineering will allow society to address many of the negative impacts of climate change).  However, in my opinion, to effectively address climate change we need better governance, but to get better governance we need better politics; which is a function of tribalism and power; or rather, the reduction of tribalism in the Hegelian sense  that as the thesis-antithesis-synthesis dialectic progresses, dependence on '-isms' should progressively get reduced.

Best,
ASLR
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on June 04, 2017, 10:38:07 PM

Magnamentis

Thanks


The US certainly did outproduce Germany, and so did Russia. By mid 1941 they had built more than 22,000 tanks - more than the rest of the world combined, and by wars end they'd produced more than 60,000 T-34s alone.
Chinese production, coupled with Russian production, linked by the 50,000k of Russian and 40,000k of Chinese electrified rail and the New Silk Road will give Asia a manufacturing and distribution base that will be hard to equal. When India and Africa are linked to the system, Europe will need to decide who is a better fit for her needs and wants. London received it's first Chinese rail shipment in January.


Trump may be helping them in their cogitations.



I'm of an age that I lived through the "Bamboo Curtain", in fact a much older cousin played in the Toronto Symphony that began the "Cultural Exchange" that eventually broke down the wall. He returned after months in China with wonderful stories, eg An elderly female harpist lost an outrageously expensive diamond ring her 1st day in China. It took months to catch up to her, but someone had found it in the street & turned it in to the authorities. No expectation of reward, just the knowledge that he or she had done the right thing.
At that time our propaganda depicted them as poor communist dupes living hand to mouth in little better than mud huts. His photo's showed well dressed, well mannered people in beautiful cities, living much as we would like to - except with very few cars at that time.


A Chinese friend here is doing post doctoral work at UW & another from Sweden returned after half a year studying Chinese ball bearing manufacturing. The world is opening up.


Travel, diversity, hopefully an end to propaganda. It's a wonderful world, if we don't screw it up.
Terry

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 09, 2017, 09:49:35 PM
Eric Holthaus:  Whoa. France just launched makeourplanetgreatagain.fr and is offering grants of up to 1.5 million Euro for climate scientists to move there.
https://mobile.twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/873229691385020416
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on June 10, 2017, 03:08:34 AM
Dropping this here in the interest of keeping politics out of the "cars" thread.  Her once again we see the most willing and potentially effective checks against the Trump administration's policies to be at the state level and within the courts.  A group of attorneys general is promising a battle against proposed roll back of fuel efficiency standards.

https://mobile.twitter.com/AGSchneiderman/status/873185635519143937

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 10, 2017, 03:58:30 PM
pileus wrote:
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... A group of attorneys general is promising a battle against proposed roll back of fuel efficiency standards.
...

This is so great.   Just the threat of taking it to court (plus the attendant publicity, should it happen) will give ICE automakers more pressure to take the switch to EVs seriously.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Csnavywx on June 11, 2017, 06:43:33 PM
pileus wrote:
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... A group of attorneys general is promising a battle against proposed roll back of fuel efficiency standards.
...

This is so great.   Just the threat of taking it to court (plus the attendant publicity, should it happen) will give ICE automakers more pressure to take the switch to EVs seriously.

Anybody know where they get the $1655 figure from? I can't find anything that matches it. There was a 2016 study, but it doesn't cite that number anywhere (it's much higher in most cases). The underlying data and assumptions made about cost tech compliance and net vehicle price increases going forward aren't exactly made clear either.


 
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 11, 2017, 08:43:29 PM
 :o  ::)  >:(

Trump Names BP Oil Spill Lawyer, Climate Policy Foe as Top DOJ Environment Attorney
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Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a lawyer who has repeatedly challenged the scientific foundations of U.S. climate policy and was part of a legal team that represented BP in lawsuits stemming from the nation's worst oil spill, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, was nominated by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to serve as the Justice Department's top environmental lawyer.
...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/06062017/trump-names-bp-oil-spill-lawyer-climate-policy-foe-top-doj-environment-attorney
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 11, 2017, 08:49:59 PM
pileus wrote:
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... A group of attorneys general is promising a battle against proposed roll back of fuel efficiency standards.
...

This is so great.   Just the threat of taking it to court (plus the attendant publicity, should it happen) will give ICE automakers more pressure to take the switch to EVs seriously.

Anybody know where they get the $1655 figure from? I can't find anything that matches it. There was a 2016 study, but it doesn't cite that number anywhere (it's much higher in most cases). The underlying data and assumptions made about cost tech compliance and net vehicle price increases going forward aren't exactly made clear either.

Quoting an EPA report:
Trump fuel economy rollback will kill jobs and cost each car buyer $1,650
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Trump’s misguided move to appease the ever-myopic U.S. auto industry would undo efficiency gains that will provide consumers $98 billion in total net benefits, primarily from reduced fuel use. Individual car buyers would lose “a net savings of $1,650” (even after accounting for the higher vehicle cost) as the EPA concluded in its final January “Determination on the Appropriateness” of the standards....
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-fuel-economy-rollback-would-kill-jobs-and-cost-each-car-buyer-1-650-aa2da0479b7d
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on June 27, 2017, 09:06:24 PM
Currently watching Dept of Energy Secretary Rick "Dancing with the Stars" Perry present on "American Energy DOMINANCE" at the White House press briefing.  It is a complete assault on science and reason and, for the lack of a better term, utter bullshit.

I assume this will get a lot of commentary within the climate science community (heads are likely exploding as we speak).  I'd encourage you to watch a replay if you can.

While simultaneously declaring the the "science isn't settled" and denigrating scientists, he is inviting a debate and dialogue.  Surely there will be many ready to accept this challenge.

Other themes are a new focus on nuclear power and what appears to be a massive expansion of fossil fuels, especially our good friend coal.  He is also making references to clean energy, which while welcome, appears to be more a deflection and attempt to distract from what is really a fossil fuel centric strategy.

Ironically, this is likely to create energy on climate change and fuel the resistance even more.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on June 28, 2017, 09:56:43 PM
Currently watching Dept of Energy Secretary Rick "Dancing with the Stars" Perry present on "American Energy DOMINANCE" at the White House press briefing.  It is a complete assault on science and reason and, for the lack of a better term, utter bullshit.

I assume this will get a lot of commentary within the climate science community (heads are likely exploding as we speak).  I'd encourage you to watch a replay if you can.

While simultaneously declaring the the "science isn't settled" and denigrating scientists, he is inviting a debate and dialogue.  Surely there will be many ready to accept this challenge.

Other themes are a new focus on nuclear power and what appears to be a massive expansion of fossil fuels, especially our good friend coal.  He is also making references to clean energy, which while welcome, appears to be more a deflection and attempt to distract from what is really a fossil fuel centric strategy.

Ironically, this is likely to create energy on climate change and fuel the resistance even more.

Following up on the press event with this summary article -

Rick Perry wants to hold a dangerous, totally BS debate on global warming

http://mashable.com/2017/06/27/rick-perry-climate-comments-red-team-debate/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#Dy0g2N3FRqqK (http://mashable.com/2017/06/27/rick-perry-climate-comments-red-team-debate/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#Dy0g2N3FRqqK)

Perry then cited a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Steven Koonin (whom he called "Kooniz"), a professor at New York University, who recently called for a public climate science debate to challenge the mainstream scientific judgement on human-caused global warming.

Koonin's view, which Perry endorsed, is that a "red team" would challenge consensus findings from scientific reports, and a "blue team" would have the opportunity to respond. This is similar to how the military games out certain scenarios and spacecraft engineers test critical systems or investigate accidents, but it's not how science works.

Perry and Pruitt aren't thinking of some magical new idea that scientists haven't considered before. In fact, peer review — the process by which studies are reviewed by experts before publication — is basically its own "red team," and every major climate assessment has already been through it.

"The people who say the science is settled. It's done. If you don't believe that you're a skeptic, a luddite. I don't buy that," Perry said.

"This is America. Have a conversation. Come out of the shadows of hiding behind, you know, your political statements and let's talk about it. What's wrong with that?" Perry asked.

"I can be convinced, but why not let's talk about it?"
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These researchers, including Benjamin Santer of the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, see the idea for what it is: An attempt to put climate deniers on par with mainstream researchers, and elevate views that have been shot down again and again in the scientific literature.

"Such calls for special teams of investigators are not about honest scientific debate. They are dangerous attempts to elevate the status of minority opinions, and to undercut the legitimacy, objectivity and transparency of existing climate science," they wrote.

Yes, it's true that claims that "the science is settled" sound suspicious to many people. It's also true that calls for a reasonable debate by reasonable-sounding people like Rick Perry may be tempting.

But with the red/blue team idea, Perry and Pruitt are trying to drive a dagger into the heart of the scientific process, which rests on impartial peer review, and the constant testing of hypotheses. This comes at the same time Pruitt is dismantling science advisory panels at the EPA, and Perry is shuttering climate offices at his agency.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on June 29, 2017, 03:22:02 AM
The linked article indicates that Democrats are demanding investigation of potential witness tampering by the EPA against the EPA's top science advisor:

"EPA Accused of Interfering With Top Science Adviser’s Congressional Testimony"

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/epa-accused-interfering-top-science-adviser-s-congressional-testimony-n777916 (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/epa-accused-interfering-top-science-adviser-s-congressional-testimony-n777916)

Extract: "Congressional Democrats have demanded an independent investigation into allegations that a senior Environmental Protection Agency official interfered politically with congressional testimony by one of the agency's top scientific advisers.

In testimony before a House science subcommittee on May 23, the scientist, Deborah Swackhamer, chairwoman of the EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors, raised numerous concerns about what she saw as a political agenda at the EPA to "marginalize" and "politicize" scientific data used to shape agency policy since Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the agency's administrator in February."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on July 01, 2017, 03:26:11 AM
If science gives Team Trump news that they doesn't like, they call it bad science:

"Scott Pruitt wants to hijack the peer-review process to push bad climate science"

https://thinkprogress.org/scott-pruitt-climate-science-performance-54c018bb09b5

Extract: "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is undertaking a formal initiative to evaluate climate science, according to reporting from E&E News White House reporter Emily Holden. According to Holden, the program will feature a “red team, blue team” approach meant to provide “back-and-forth critique” of climate science.

But actual climate scientists argue that “back-and-forth critique” already exists in climate science: It’s called the peer-review process.

“The system they describe is precisely what scientific peer-review is,” Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, told ThinkProgress via email. “The reality is that the only thing these folks don’t like is the conclusion that the scientific community (that is, the world’s scientists, literally) has arrived at — that climate change is real, human-caused, and a threat.”"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on July 01, 2017, 04:20:13 PM
I think that if something like a red vs blue for climate change was done fairly, with authentic scientist, mathematicians, engineers and policy experts in both sides, plenty of time for rebutal, and public commentary welcomed,  the debate of climate change would be over. We could get on debating what to do about it and doing something about it.

But given the propensity of Trump and his accomplices to lie and deceive this might be just a farce. They'll load the dice on their favor. They'll get some luke warmers on the blue team and rabid deniers on the red team. The rules will also heavily favor the red team. I wouldn't be surprised if the referees are the Lamar Smith types.  At the end, they will deceivingly conclude that global warming is real and man made, but that no action is required. That way they get what they want. Delaying action to prolong profits.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: ghoti on July 01, 2017, 09:56:02 PM
I think that if something like a red vs blue for climate change was done fairly

Dream on. We've seen this movie before. Read Rabett Run's take on it.

http://rabett.blogspot.ca/2017/06/team-b-red-teaming-and-steve-koonin.html (http://rabett.blogspot.ca/2017/06/team-b-red-teaming-and-steve-koonin.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on July 05, 2017, 02:58:20 PM
(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi2.cdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F170509115137-epa-pruitt-exlarge-169.jpg&hash=ab0075e6e633d254ce408ada979ac76d)

This, very sadly, speaks for itself.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on July 07, 2017, 04:58:50 PM
Trump's actions are encouraging climate sceptics to replace doubts about science with doubts about the motives of consensus scientists.

Title: "How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous"

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/07/climate-change-denial-scepticism-cynicism-politics (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/07/climate-change-denial-scepticism-cynicism-politics)

Extract: "Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth?

Last month Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. For his supporters, it provided evidence, at last, that the president is a man of his word. He may not have kept many campaign promises, but he kept this one. For his numerous critics it is just another sign of how little Trump cares about evidence of any kind. His decision to junk the Paris accord confirms Trump as the poster politician for the “post-truth” age."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on July 08, 2017, 11:00:32 PM
I know it's easy to post images of idiots behaving badly, but for crying out loud.

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/A947/production/_96853334_pence.jpg)

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?
 
            The barbarians are due here today.
 
 
Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?
Why do the senators sit there without legislating?
 
            Because the barbarians are coming today.
            What laws can the senators make now?
            Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

C.P. Cavafy, Waiting for the Barbarians
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 14, 2017, 02:18:57 AM
Hey! Congress voted to let the military study climate change!

House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill
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The House voted 185-234 to defeat Peters’ amendment and keep the study in the bill.

Forty-six Republicans voted against Perry’s amendment. Two Republicans, Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), argued against it during floor debate earlier Thursday.

The effects of climate change “are drivers of geopolitical instability and degrade the security of the United States.” Stefanik said.

“We would be remiss in our efforts to protect our national security to not fully account for the risk climate change poses to our bases, our readiness and to the fulfillment of our armed services mission.”
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341961-house-defeats-amendment-to-strip-climate-study-from-defense-bill (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341961-house-defeats-amendment-to-strip-climate-study-from-defense-bill)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 14, 2017, 02:23:37 AM
I know it's easy to post images of idiots behaving badly, but for crying out loud.

<snip>

I read that Marco Rubio (at the left of your photo), dared him to do it. So this was childishness, as much as stupidity.
Such are our congressfolk.  ::)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on July 14, 2017, 06:13:07 PM
The linked NOAA announcement about the AGGI makes no mention of the anthropogenic contribution to the 40% increase since 1990, and it does not note that the AGGI uses a GWP100 of 25 for methane (which is actually over 35).  It looks like Team Trump has put pressure on NOAA management to toe the new Trump Administration spin on science:

"NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Index up 40 percent since 1990"

http://www.noaa.gov/news/noaa-s-greenhouse-gas-index-up-40-percent-since-1990 (http://www.noaa.gov/news/noaa-s-greenhouse-gas-index-up-40-percent-since-1990)

Extract: "NOAA’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, which tracks the warming influence of long-lived greenhouse gases, has increased by 40 percent from 1990 to 2016 — with most of that attributable to rising carbon dioxide levels, according to NOAA climate scientists."

See also:

"NOAA erases ‘human activity’ from news release on soaring greenhouse gases"

https://thinkprogress.org/noaa-erases-human-activity-from-emissions-release-1ed475d26bcc (https://thinkprogress.org/noaa-erases-human-activity-from-emissions-release-1ed475d26bcc)

Extract: "In a truly shocking news release on its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has erased any reference to “human activity” or fossil fuels. The index monitors the warming influence of greenhouse gases like CO2.

Last year, NOAA’s news release for the index featured the picture of flaring gas from fossil fuel extraction (see top image). The release began by stating, “human activity has increased the direct warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere by 50 percent above pre-industrial levels during the past 25 years, according to NOAA’s 10th annual Greenhouse Gas Index.”"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: rboyd on July 14, 2017, 08:23:48 PM
it does not note that the AGGI uses a GWP100 of 25 for methane (which is actually over 35). 

Its bad enough that the AGGI is going up at 3-4ppm per year this decade, much faster than just CO2, I didn't know that they were also underestimating the methane GWP100 by 40% (with a GWP100 of 35 we would be well past the 500ppm CO2e level [about 520?], maybe that's why they are still using 25?)

I would have thought that the use of a GWP20 would be very instructive, given the short-lived nature of methane in the atmosphere and concerns about triggering feedbacks in the short term.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on July 14, 2017, 08:57:15 PM
Its bad enough that the AGGI is going up at 3-4ppm per year this decade, much faster than just CO2, I didn't know that they were also underestimating the methane GWP100 by 40% (with a GWP100 of 35 we would be well past the 500ppm CO2e level [about 520?], maybe that's why they are still using 25?)

I would have thought that the use of a GWP20 would be very instructive, given the short-lived nature of methane in the atmosphere and concerns about triggering feedbacks in the short term.

Here is a repost from the Human Stupidity thread indicating a CO2-equiv. of 521 ppm:

The linked NOAA website entitled: "THE NOAA ANNUAL GREENHOUSE GAS INDEX (AGGI)" was updated in Spring of 2017 with GHG data through the end of 2016.  I note that if one assumes that the GWP100 for methane is 35 instead of 25 (per AR5), then NOAA's calculated value for the CO2-eq for 2016 would be 521ppm instead of 489ppm; which is a big difference, and one that NOAA should publically acknowledge.

https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/aggi/aggi.html (https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/aggi/aggi.html)

 Global Radiative Forcing, CO2-equivalent mixing ratio, and the AGGI
                         Global Radiative Forcing (W m-2)           CO2-eq
                                                                                     (ppm)        AGGI
Year     CO2     CH4    N2O   CFC12 CFC11 15-minor  Total Total   1990 = 1   %change

2013   1.882  0.496   0.184   0.167   0.059   0.114  2.901   478      1.340        2.0
2014   1.908  0.499   0.187   0.166   0.058   0.116  2.935   481      1.356        1.6
2015   1.939  0.504   0.190   0.165   0.058   0.118  2.974   485      1.374        1.8
2016   1.985  0.507   0.193   0.164   0.057   0.121  3.027   489      1.399        2.5

CH4   ΔF = β(M½ - Mo½) - [f(M,No) - f(Mo,No)]   β = 0.036
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 15, 2017, 03:23:27 AM
Dept. of Energy chief Rick Perry biased the study with the hope of finding Renewables: Bad; Fossil Fuels: Good.  Will he alter the results to fit his expectations?

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds
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In April, Perry launched the grid study with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring reliable power supplies. With President Donald Trump pledging to reverse regulations that have harmed coal, the study was viewed by critics as a way the administration would justify curtailing the surging expansion of wind and solar power and provide help to coal plants.

But the draft report concludes: "Grid operators are using technologies, standards and practices to assure that they can continue operating the grid reliably."
...
The career officials at the department found that energy efficiency, battery storage and demand response were helping the reliability of the grid, changing it from the way it had operated in the past, but not endangering the provision of electricity, the May draft showed.
...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-14/renewable-energy-not-a-threat-to-grid-draft-of-u-s-study-finds (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-14/renewable-energy-not-a-threat-to-grid-draft-of-u-s-study-finds)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on July 15, 2017, 11:01:12 AM
Trump aims to use UN climate fund for coal plants

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The Trump administration is angling to use a United Nations climate change adaptation fund to pay for the construction of coal plants instead, Bloomberg News reports.

An official told Bloomberg that the White House is pushing to use the Green Climate Fund, which the U.S. has contributed $1 billion to, for more "clean coal" power plants around the world.

The Green Climate Fund is a U.N. effort designed to send contributions from rich countries to developing nations who are bracing for the worst impact of climate change.

Some of the programs the GCF has funded include hydropower projects in the Solomon Islands and Tajikistan and a renewable energy push in Egypt. A Trump official told Bloomberg the U.S. would push to spend future money on “clean coal” and other power plants that aim to produce fewer carbon emissions than existing power facilities.

One of President Trump’s main complaints about the Paris climate agreement was the $3 billion pledge the Trump administration made to the GCF. Former President Barack Obama was able to contribute $1 billion before he left office earlier this year, and Trump has said the U.S. will stop future payments to the fund.

But the U.S. still has a seat on the GCF’s board by virtue of its previous contributions. The GCF funds projects on a consensus basis, making it more difficult for the U.S. to push a coal project through without buy-in from other nations.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 15, 2017, 01:52:15 PM
Fighting back!

Trump’s ‘drill, baby, drill’ energy policies are being met by ‘sue, baby, sue’
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President Trump promised to grow jobs by rolling back Obama-era energy and pollution rules. And he’s fulfilling his pledge, but not how he intended. In just six months, Trump’s policies have resulted in a surge in employment — for environmental lawyers.

Since Trump took office, environmental groups and Democratic state attorneys general have filed more than four dozen lawsuits challenging his executive orders and decisions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department and other agencies. Environmental organizations are hiring extra lawyers. Federal agencies are requesting bigger legal defense budgets.

The first round of legal skirmishes has mostly gone to the environmentalists. Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit blocked the administration from delaying Obama-era rules aimed at reducing oil industry releases of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. On June 14, a federal judge ruled against permits issued to complete construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, a partial victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which claims its hunting and fishing grounds are threatened by the oil pipeline.
...
Democratic attorneys general are now ramping up their own fundraising and are filing or joining in suits against Trump’s environmental, immigration and education policies. AGs such as California’s Xavier Becerra, Pennsylvania’s Josh Shapiro and Washington state’s Bob Ferguson are all raising their profiles with these lawsuits. All are seen as contenders for future seats as governor or U.S. senator.
...
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article161071669.html (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article161071669.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on July 15, 2017, 10:39:49 PM
Trump aims to use UN climate fund for coal plants

Quote
The Trump administration is angling to use a United Nations climate change adaptation fund to pay for the construction of coal plants instead, Bloomberg News reports.

An official told Bloomberg that the White House is pushing to use the Green Climate Fund, which the U.S. has contributed $1 billion to, for more "clean coal" power plants around the world.

The Green Climate Fund is a U.N. effort designed to send contributions from rich countries to developing nations who are bracing for the worst impact of climate change.

Some of the programs the GCF has funded include hydropower projects in the Solomon Islands and Tajikistan and a renewable energy push in Egypt. A Trump official told Bloomberg the U.S. would push to spend future money on “clean coal” and other power plants that aim to produce fewer carbon emissions than existing power facilities.

One of President Trump’s main complaints about the Paris climate agreement was the $3 billion pledge the Trump administration made to the GCF. Former President Barack Obama was able to contribute $1 billion before he left office earlier this year, and Trump has said the U.S. will stop future payments to the fund.

But the U.S. still has a seat on the GCF’s board by virtue of its previous contributions. The GCF funds projects on a consensus basis, making it more difficult for the U.S. to push a coal project through without buy-in from other nations.
I'm guessing the bolded should read Obama administration?


Needing a consensus WRT spending GCF's funds probably means that no money will be spent until Trump gets a coal project through. They might have been better of without Obama's well meaning, but poisonous billion dollar gift.


Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on July 17, 2017, 07:31:37 PM
The linked article discusses how the Koch Brothers are influencing Trump's attacks on climate action:

This is how the Kochs’ anti-renewable agenda becomes White House policy

https://thinkprogress.org/obscure-think-tank-gains-influence-1644feb0b813

Extract: "Koch-tied officials “got their wish” with Trump’s attacks on climate action, environment."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 18, 2017, 12:32:02 AM
The U.S. Congress wants to cancel satellites that would show for certain the earth is warming.

Donald Trump's $10 trillion climate mistake
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Climate change skeptics claim that the science is unsettled while simultaneously proposing to end studies that would settle it. This posture would be ironic and slightly amusing if it wasn't so flagrantly dangerous to the future of human civilization on Earth.

The latest iteration of this ludicrous hypocrisy was on full display last week when the House appropriations committee carved another $50 million from NASA's Earth science division, on top of the already severe 2018 cuts requested by the Trump administration. If eventually endorsed by Congress, the reductions will leave Earth scientists unable to fill gaps in data considered crucial to understanding the state of the planet, thus perpetuating the "unsettled science" that deniers profess to abhor....
http://theweek.com/articles/712207/donald-trumps-10-trillion-climate-mistake (http://theweek.com/articles/712207/donald-trumps-10-trillion-climate-mistake)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on July 18, 2017, 06:02:29 PM
Blame Trump, he's guilty as hell, but save some of the rage for the Republicans. My understanding from the above is that the Republican Congress is proposing cuts over and above what Trump has asked for.


Trump is terrible, Republicans are even worse.


Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 18, 2017, 07:54:14 PM
This bipartisan group in the U.S. Congress is finding climate change issues they can (mostly) agree on -- and vote in a block to make a difference. 
See Reply #258 above about the defense bill defeat:
https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1858.msg120748.html#msg120748 (https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1858.msg120748.html#msg120748)

Curbelo’s gang of moderate Republicans defeats anti-climate change legislation
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Taurel said that funding for green energy, preparing for the effects of climate change and stopping offshore drilling are three policy areas where moderate Republicans could join Democrats, but that more Republicans must speak about ways to reduce carbon emissions.

This is called the Climate Solutions Caucus, so that’s the key kind of yardstick they should be measured by,” Taurel said. “To what extent are they supporting solutions to climate change?”

Curbelo argues he’s doing his part by urging his colleagues to buck conservatives in Congress.

“I assume that now when we get into appropriations season there will be many amendments where I assume our group is going to be critical to blocking bad policy,” Curbelo said last month.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article161467618.html (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article161467618.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on July 20, 2017, 05:06:48 PM
I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/im-a-scientist-the-trump-administration-reassigned-me-for-speaking-up-about-climate-change/2017/07/19/389b8dce-6b12-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/im-a-scientist-the-trump-administration-reassigned-me-for-speaking-up-about-climate-change/2017/07/19/389b8dce-6b12-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html)

Quote
I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government.

I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science.

Nearly seven years ago, I came to work for the Interior Department, where, among other things, I’ve helped endangered communities in Alaska prepare for and adapt to a changing climate. But on June 15, I was one of about 50 senior department employees who received letters informing us of involuntary reassignments. Citing a need to “improve talent development, mission delivery and collaboration,” the letter informed me that I was reassigned to an unrelated job in the accounting office that collects royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 21, 2017, 08:44:31 PM
Quoting the Reply #243 above:
Eric Holthaus:  Whoa. France just launched makeourplanetgreatagain.fr and is offering grants of up to 1.5 million Euro for climate scientists to move there.
https://mobile.twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/873229691385020416 (https://mobile.twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/873229691385020416)

Now this:
Quote
Hundreds of climate scientists, including many from the United States, have applied to work in France under a €60-million (US$69-million) scheme set up by the country's president, Emmanuel Macron, after his US counterpart Donald Trump rejected the Paris accord on global warming. And Germany has announced that it will set up a similar programme to lure researchers.

Macron launched his ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ initiative on 8 June, seeking to entice researchers in other countries to France with offers of 4-year grants worth up to €1.5 million. Six weeks on, the programme has been flooded with applicants, says Anne Peyroche, a biologist and the chief research officer of the CNRS, France’s national basic-research agency.
...
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-01713-4 (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-01713-4)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 22, 2017, 08:17:22 PM
Trump Nominates Climate-Denying, Conservative Talk Show Host as U.S. Department of Agriculture's Top Scientist
Quote
Clovis, an early advisor to the Trump campaign, has a master's in business administration and a doctoral degree in public administration, and appears to have no published scientific or academic work to his name. The position he is nominated for, which is tasked to provide scientific direction and uphold "scientific integrity" at the USDA, has previously been held by distinguished scientists with deep expertise in certain issue areas.

In a 2014 interview, Clovis called evidence of climate change "junk science," claiming that he has "enough of a science background to know when I'm being boofed."
https://www.ecowatch.com/sam-clovis-usda-2462483880.html (https://www.ecowatch.com/sam-clovis-usda-2462483880.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on July 22, 2017, 09:26:40 PM
Trump considers anyone who shares an opinion with him an expert. What a freaking fool.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on July 23, 2017, 12:48:58 PM
He makes Trump look slender and fit. A good man to be seen with.
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 23, 2017, 04:38:14 PM
“It is easy to use delusions to obstruct and destroy. Building something is hard. Building something valuable means thinking about consequences and confronting weaknesses in an ideological framework. Building something invites consequences. Republicans cannot govern because Republicans lack any respect for facts. Tilting at windmills is much easier than constructing them.”

Why Republicans Cannot Replace the ACA, Or Accomplish Anything Else
https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisladd/2017/07/20/why-republicans-cannot-replace-the-aca-or-accomplish-anything-else/ (https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisladd/2017/07/20/why-republicans-cannot-replace-the-aca-or-accomplish-anything-else/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on July 25, 2017, 04:49:09 PM
Here is the chair of the House Committee on Science and Technolgy, Lamar Smith, celebrating the upside of climate change and CO2.  Pretty typical approach as ignorant deniers begin to see the overwhelming evidence, and then pivot to claiming it might be happening, but it's good!

House Science Committee Chair Says Climate Change Is A Good Thing

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_59765a54e4b0e201d577466d/amp?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_59765a54e4b0e201d577466d/amp?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it)

“The benefits of a changing climate are often ignored and under-researched,” Smith said. “Our climate is too complex and the consequences of misguided policies too harsh to discount the positive effects of carbon enrichment.”

Increased carbon dioxide, Smith writes, promotes photosynthesis, resulting in a “greater volume of food production and better quality food” and “lush vegetation” that “assists in controlling water runoff, provides more habitats for many animal species, and even aids in climate stabilization, as more vegetation absorbs more carbon dioxide.” Warmer temperatures, he notes, results in longer growing seasons 

Smith goes as far as to make a case for why a rapidly melting Arctic, which scientists warn could cost tens of trillions of dollars by the end of this century, is a positive thing.

“Also, as the Earth warms, we are seeing beneficial changes to the earth’s geography,” he writes. “For instance, Arctic sea ice is decreasing. This development will create new commercial shipping lanes that provide faster, more convenient, and less costly routes between ports in Asia, Europe, and eastern North America. This will increase international trade and strengthen the world economy.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on July 25, 2017, 09:17:39 PM
A good synopsis and aptly named article for this thread!

A BRIEF SURVEY OF TRUMP'S ASSAULT ON SCIENCE

https://psmag.com/.amp/environment/a-brief-survey-of-trumps-assault-on-science (https://psmag.com/.amp/environment/a-brief-survey-of-trumps-assault-on-science)

And a link to the referenced report

http://www.ucsusa.org/center-science-and-democracy/promoting-scientific-integrity/sidelining-science-from-day-one#.WXeZK7EpChA (http://www.ucsusa.org/center-science-and-democracy/promoting-scientific-integrity/sidelining-science-from-day-one#.WXeZK7EpChA)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on July 26, 2017, 05:42:42 AM
“Also, as the Earth warms, we are seeing beneficial changes to the earth’s geography,” he writes. “For instance, Arctic sea ice is decreasing. This development will create new commercial shipping lanes that provide faster, more convenient, and less costly routes between ports in Asia, Europe, and eastern North America. This will increase international trade and strengthen the world economy.”
Such a brazen [and slippery smooth] segue by Smith, from the hard denial of warming to the denial of consequences. Evidence [as if any was needed] of the expediency of the whole movement. It'll be interesting to see whether the reality of warming is even debated in the Red-Team / Blue-Team show, or simply ignored, a sacrificial part of the argument, that has outlived its usefulness.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on July 27, 2017, 03:38:19 PM
A commentary on the broader assualt against not only science, but knowledge and truth itself.

America's Golden Age of Stupidity

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/07/25/americas-golden-age-of-stupidity/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/07/25/americas-golden-age-of-stupidity/)

Of course, it is not just science under siege. More broadly the administration attacks facts and evidence wherever they do not suit their policy views. All evidence-based communities are under attack — the intelligence community, law enforcement, think tanks and journalists. Attacks come in all forms — disregard for data, ad hominem attacks on the messengers and their motives, deflections and false analogies.

The opposite of knowledge is ignorance. But the willful disregard of knowledge — regardless of motive — is stupidity. That is because those who battle facts are at war with reality. It is an unwinnable proposition. Furthermore, specialized knowledge, particularly that of scientists, is essential if we are to do what leaders must, anticipate change, understand its consequences and harness the opportunities it presents. Trump, in waging a systematic campaign to rid the government of the experts and ideas he sees as threats to his agenda, has done more than just usher in a Golden Age of Stupidity. He is unwittingly asking a question it doesn’t take an expert to figure out: “What happens when you lobotomize the world’s leading power?”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 28, 2017, 02:07:01 AM
"It's been six months, and people are still crying at their desks."

Scott Pruitt's Crimes Against Nature
Trump's EPA chief is gutting the agency, defunding science and serving the fossil-fuel industry
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/scott-pruitt-is-gutting-the-epa-serving-fossil-fuel-industry-w494156 (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/scott-pruitt-is-gutting-the-epa-serving-fossil-fuel-industry-w494156)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NevB on July 28, 2017, 09:51:15 AM
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis/amp (http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis/amp)

Quote
Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The department’s budget is now on the chopping block. But does anyone in the White House really understand what the Department of Energy actually does? And what a horrible risk it would be to ignore its extraordinary, life-or-death responsibilities?

This is a good example of the damage to science and the danger that could result from the Trump regime's lethal combination of blind ideology, arrogance, incompetence and ignorance.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on July 28, 2017, 10:03:18 AM
I'm beginning to see the good in Perry's plan. He's likely aiming to destroy US from within to get his own fiefdom ::) :P ;D.  Which could be good for the planet. (you may ask yourself how this is science, and you might be right to say it isn't. This is just what happens if political commentary is allowed in science threads)

On to contribute some other political asshattery elsewhere. Remember, anyone under 21 and from US isn't allowed to comment.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on July 28, 2017, 04:40:46 PM
"It's been six months, and people are still crying at their desks."

Scott Pruitt's Crimes Against Nature
Trump's EPA chief is gutting the agency, defunding science and serving the fossil-fuel industry
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/scott-pruitt-is-gutting-the-epa-serving-fossil-fuel-industry-w494156 (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/scott-pruitt-is-gutting-the-epa-serving-fossil-fuel-industry-w494156)

and once the crying stops it's not because they got happy in the mean time but because they were either ousted or have quit by themselves with perhaps a few in hospital with nervous breakdowns
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 29, 2017, 01:44:55 AM
U.S. House Hacks Away at Renewable Energy and Efficiency Programs
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The U.S. House of Representatives brushed aside Democrats' efforts to preserve federal funding for clean energy and energy efficiency as it voted to approve a large spending bill Thursday that would slash those programs by 45 percent while maintaining federal support for fossil energy research and development.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/27072017/congress-budget-house-vote-renewable-energy-efficiency-programs-fossil-fuel-spending
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 31, 2017, 04:05:46 PM
Experts slam Trump administration’s flawed analysis for repealing water pollution rule
“Everything about this repeal is bogus and slapdash.”
https://thinkprogress.org/clean-water-rule-economic-analysis-problems-3def20a591df
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 02, 2017, 12:24:43 AM
"Trump officials want to add a coal display to the EPA museum, because of course. Oh, and by the way, did you know there’s an EPA museum?"

grist.org/briefly/trump-officials-want-to-add-a-coal-display-to-the-epa-museum-because-of-course/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 02, 2017, 09:39:14 PM
Top EPA official resigns over direction of agency under Trump
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A top Environmental Protection Agency official resigned Tuesday in protest of the direction the EPA has taken under President Trump.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Southerland ended her 30-year run at the agency with a scathing exit letter in which she claimed that "the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth." She last worked as the director of science and technology in the Office of Water.

"The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by man's activities," Southerland wrote, directly rejecting many of Trump's claims.

Southerland said that since EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the agency, dozens of regulations designed to protect the environment had been repealed, and Trump's proposed budget cuts to the agency would devastate its ability to enforce existing protections and create new ones.

She took aim in particular at Trump's demand that two federal regulations be struck from the books for every new one added.

"Should EPA repeal two existing rules protecting infants from neurotoxins in order to promulgate a new rule protecting adults from a newly discovered liver toxin?" she wrote. "Faced with such painful choices, the best possible outcome for the American people would be regulatory paralysis where no new rules are released so that existing protections remain in place." ...
http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/energy-environment/344825-top-epa-official-resigns-over-direction-of-agency-under (http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/energy-environment/344825-top-epa-official-resigns-over-direction-of-agency-under)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on August 02, 2017, 10:33:54 PM
Scientists are being purged at the Department of the Interior for telling the truth:

Title: "Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke Are Purging Climate Scientists for Telling the Truth"

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-and-ryan-zinke-are-purging-climate-scientists-for-telling-the-truth/ (https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-and-ryan-zinke-are-purging-climate-scientists-for-telling-the-truth/)

Extract: "Dozens of senior officials have been reassigned at the Department of the Interior, including Dr. Virginia Burkett, who contributed to the IPCC reports that won the Nobel Peace Prize."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on August 02, 2017, 11:04:13 PM
Pruitt is not only distorting the truth, but he is also complicit in distorting the EPA's scientific integrity policy:

Title: "EPA panel clears Pruitt’s climate denial by misquoting scientific integrity policy"

https://thinkprogress.org/epa-panel-clears-pruitts-climate-denial-by-misquoting-scientific-integrity-policy-2d1db8a35c3a

Extract: "'Pruitt is in violation of basic standards of ethical conduct,’ says leading climatologist Michael Mann."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: wili on August 08, 2017, 07:08:10 PM
And now:

 US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal


 series of emails show staff at Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service advised to reference ‘weather extremes’ instead
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 10, 2017, 09:04:35 PM
“We know that he does not grasp the science of climate change, but this report now illustrates that Scott Pruitt is unwilling or unable to carry out the basic statutory mission of the EPA, which is enforcement of our environmental laws.”

Penalties against polluters down 60 percent under Trump
https://thinkprogress.org/penalties-against-polluters-down-60-percent-under-trump-ea0bd62b4435/amp/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 14, 2017, 01:01:50 AM
Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help
Communities in danger of falling into the sea say assistance from Washington has dried up: ‘It feels like a complete abdication of responsibility on climate change’
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The US government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but for Alaskan communities at risk of toppling into the sea, the risks are rather more personal.

The Trump administration has moved to dismantle climate adaptation programs including the Denali Commission, an Anchorage-based agency that is crafting a plan to safeguard or relocate dozens of towns at risk from rising sea levels, storms and the winnowing away of sea ice.

Federal assistance for these towns has been ponderous but could now grind to a halt, with even those working on the issue seemingly targeted by the administration. In July, Joel Clement, an interior department official who worked with Alaskan communities on climate adaptation, claimed he had been moved to a completely unrelated position because of the administration’s ideological hostility to the issue.

“We were getting down to the brass tacks of relocation [of towns at risk] and now work has just stopped,” Clement told the Guardian. He has lodged an official complaint over his reassignment.

“Without federal coordination from Washington DC, there isn’t much hope. This will take millions of dollars and will take years, and these people don’t have years. I think it’s clear I was moved because of my climate work. It feels like a complete abdication of responsibility on climate change.”

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 31 Alaskan communities face “imminent” existential threats from coastline erosion, flooding and other consequences of temperatures that are rising twice as quickly in the state as the global average. A handful – Kivalina, Newtok, Shishmaref and Shaktoolik – are considered in particularly perilous positions and will need to be moved. ...
https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/10/alaska-coastal-towns-sea-level-rise-climate-change
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 16, 2017, 11:17:26 PM
"The White House posted the text of the executive order last night. In just 28 words, one section of the order reverses stricter flood standards set by Obama, making Americans and businesses more vulnerable to heavy rains and sea-level rise."

Trump Promised Beautiful Bridges and Roads. Now He’s Putting Them in Harm’s Way.
He’s “throwing out any guarantee that our infrastructure will be safe.”
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/08/trump-promised-beautiful-bridges-and-roads-now-hes-putting-them-in-harms-way/ (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/08/trump-promised-beautiful-bridges-and-roads-now-hes-putting-them-in-harms-way/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 17, 2017, 01:00:56 AM
EPA plans to rewrite Obama-era limits for coal power plant wastewater
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WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.

A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday as part of a legal appeal said he will seek to revise the 2015 guidelines mandating increased treatment for wastewater from steam electric power-generating plants.

Acting at the behest of electric utilities who opposed the stricter standards, Pruitt first moved in April to delay implementation of the new guidelines. The wastewater flushed from the coal-fired plants into rivers and lakes typically contains traces of such highly toxic heavy metals as lead, arsenic, mercury and selenium. ...
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/epa-plans-rewrite-obama-era-limits-coal-power-plant-wastewater/ (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/epa-plans-rewrite-obama-era-limits-coal-power-plant-wastewater/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on August 21, 2017, 05:21:41 PM
Evidently, Donnie John feels that he doesn't need any more climate change advise as the Electoral College made him the 'winner' (& 'winners' decide what is 'fake news' and what is not):

Title: "Report: Trump dissolves climate change advisory panel"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-trump-dissolves-climate-change-advisory-panel/ (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-trump-dissolves-climate-change-advisory-panel/)

Extract: "The Trump administration has decided to dissolve a federal advisory panel that contributes to a report that measures the current and future impacts of climate change on the U.S., The Washington Post reports."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on August 23, 2017, 12:31:51 PM
Driving toward the cliff with blinders on is less frightening.
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on August 24, 2017, 01:46:56 AM
Resignation letter from State Dept Science Envoy.  Note the first letter of each paragraph.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on August 26, 2017, 02:55:05 AM
US energy agency asked scientists to scrub references to climate change

http://www.nature.com/news/us-energy-agency-asked-scientists-to-scrub-references-to-climate-change-1.22513 (http://www.nature.com/news/us-energy-agency-asked-scientists-to-scrub-references-to-climate-change-1.22513)

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Multiple researchers who received grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) have been asked to remove references to “climate change” and “global warming” from the descriptions of their projects.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 26, 2017, 03:06:55 AM
"This is what censorship looks like."
https://twitter.com/doctorwhy/status/900897050484670465
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on September 04, 2017, 01:29:59 PM
This from Forbes, by no stretch a contrarian publication:

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Reject This Incompetent Trump Nominee; He's Not A Scientist

President Trump has nominated a non-scientist to be the chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is an outrageous slap in the face to science. It's also a slap in the face to Congress.

As I predicted back in May, Trump has tapped Sam Clovis, a former right-wing radio talk-show host and failed Senate candidate from Iowa. ProPublica, revealing the expected pick, noted that Clovis was a vocal climate change denier. Clovis has an undergraduate degree in politics and graduate training in business, but he has no formal training in science at all.

Clovis does have one qualification, though. As ProPublica pointed out, he has been a "fiery pro-Trump advocate on television." Sounds like a good candidate for a chief scientist job to me.

Fortunately (perhaps), the Senate has to approve this appointment. The Senate itself stipulated, in a bill that Congress passed in 2008, that the USDA's chief scientist (the under secretary for research, education and economics) must be appointed from among "distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education and economics."
The law also says, just to make it crystal clear, that the under secretary "shall hold the title of chief scientist of the department."

Why is this appointment so wrong? I'll repeat what I wrote back in May:

Overseeing the USDA's research programs requires strong expertise in biological science. A non-scientist has no basis for deciding which research is going well or which questions present the most promising avenues for research. A non-scientist is simply incompetent to choose among them – and I mean this in the literal sense of the word, i.e., not having the knowledge or training to do the job. This does not mean that I think Sam Clovis is incompetent at other things; I don't know him, and he might be very capable in other areas. A non-scientist leader of a scientific agency will be incapable of using scientific expertise to set priorities and instead can make up his own priorities.

If the Senate has any backbone at all – if Republicans are willing to show that they are capable of doing something other than rubber-stamping every action of our self-absorbed, ignorant president, no matter how damaging – then they will turn down this nomination. Sam Clovis is so obviously unqualified that this should be easy to do.

Actually, if Clovis cared about the USDA's mission, he would recognize that he's the wrong man for the job and refuse the nomination. Even Dan Glickman, a former secretary of agriculture, said, "I wouldn't be qualified for that job," referring to himself (he's a lawyer), in a recent interview about Clovis' appointment. The current and previous chief scientists at the USDA have Ph.D.s and extensive scientific publication records. Clovis does not. (Note that when I wrote to Clovis in May to ask about his potential nomination, he declined to respond on the record.)

Steven Salzberg is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2017/08/15/reject-this-incompetent-trump-appointee-hes-not-a-scientist/#6e0eef9217b1 (https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2017/08/15/reject-this-incompetent-trump-appointee-hes-not-a-scientist/#6e0eef9217b1)

While Clovis was a tenured professor of economics at Morningside College, a private, liberal arts college [which by and large are wonderful institutions] he holds no economics qualifications either. His bachelor's degree's in political science. He has an MBA and a PhD in public policy. So, clearly no fool, but neither an economist nor a scientist.

There's no such thing as gravity. The world sucks.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 08, 2017, 11:28:47 PM
At a moment climate change is hard to ignore, the EPA is being pointed elsewhere
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...
Once Jan. 20 rolled around, though, the EPA was upended. President Trump nominated Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to run the agency, a man who had repeatedly sued the EPA in an effort to block its regulations targeting the oil and gas industry in his state. In an interview in March, Pruitt denied the scientific consensus that human activity was driving the warmer climate — a denial that suggested he would curtail the EPA's efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Once confirmed by the Senate, Pruitt got to work reshaping the agency in precisely that way. In April, the organization's page on climate change was removed; in May, a page focused on educating children was as well. Pruitt's the driver of a government-wide effort to question climate science by positioning it against the views of the business community. Even the EPA museum may be overhauled to play down climate change.
...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/politics/wp/2017/09/07/at-a-moment-climate-change-is-hard-to-ignore-the-epa-is-being-pointed-elsewhere/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/politics/wp/2017/09/07/at-a-moment-climate-change-is-hard-to-ignore-the-epa-is-being-pointed-elsewhere/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on September 11, 2017, 04:48:01 PM
At a moment climate change is hard to ignore, the EPA is being pointed elsewhere.
Pruitt even denies CO2 is a greenhouse gas.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday he is not convinced that carbon dioxide from human activity is the main driver of climate change and said he wants Congress to weigh in on whether CO2 is a harmful pollutant that should be regulated.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/epa-chief-pruitt-refuses-to-link-co2-and-global-warming/ (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/epa-chief-pruitt-refuses-to-link-co2-and-global-warming/)

The idea that we should open a public debate about warming is equivalent to the idea that we should open a public debate about evolution. It leads the public to believe that two sides of an argument about an established fact have equivalent merit, which provides policymakers with political cover for making expedient choices in favour or their real constituency, the corporations who fund their politics.

Pruitt's a killer, every bit as anyone on death row. Conservatives would undoubtedly paint that opinion as hysterical, but how else can we describe it? History will judge him that way, for what it's worth. I doubt he gives a goddamn.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 16, 2017, 03:52:24 PM
Not just the current administration, but "wealthy conservatives, in particular petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch, teamed up with neoliberal academics with the objective... of undermining the functions of government in the United States."

The idea that climate scientists are in it for the cash has deep ideological roots
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You’ll have heard that line of argument about cancer scientists, right?

The one where they’re just in it for the government grant money and that they don’t really want to find a cure, because if they did they’d be out of a job?

No, of course you haven’t. That’s because it’s ridiculous and a bit, well, vomit-inducing.

To make such an argument, you would need to be deeply cynical about people’s motives for consistently putting their own pay packets above the welfare of millions of people.

You would have to think that scientists were not motivated to help their fellow human beings, but instead were driven only by self-interest.

Suggesting that climate scientists are pushing a line about global warming because their salaries depend on it is a popular talking point that deniers love to throw around.

But why do so many “sceptics”, particularly those who form part of the organised machinery of climate science denial, feel comfortable in accusing climate scientists of only being in it for the money?

Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean suggests some answers in her new book Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

The book documents how wealthy conservatives, in particular petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch, teamed up with neoliberal academics with the objective, MacLean says, of undermining the functions of government in the United States. ...
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/sep/15/the-idea-that-climate-scientists-are-in-it-for-the-cash-has-deep-ideological-roots (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/sep/15/the-idea-that-climate-scientists-are-in-it-for-the-cash-has-deep-ideological-roots)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on September 21, 2017, 04:40:19 PM
The linked article makes that case members of the Trump administration are quietly unraveling a slew of policies, precedents, and regulations in ways that could make it much more difficult to plan for a low-carbon future after they’re gone.

Title: "The Paris Agreement Dispute Is a Distraction. The Real Battle Is Playing Out in the EPA."

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/20/paris-agreement-climate-change-trump-epa/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on September 23, 2017, 12:31:32 AM
To me, what the EPA is doing un Pruitt is obscene:

Title: "EPA asked Heartland for experts who question climate science"

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060061307 (https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060061307)

Extract: "The Heartland Institute has found an ally in U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he seeks to portray climate science as a debate.

While a number of conservative think tanks employ scientists or economists to discredit mainstream climate science, the Illinois-based Heartland Institute has a stable of them. It's devoted years to crafting an alternative body of climate change research that exists outside the prevailing view of scientists. Now, President Trump's administration may give the libertarian group its greatest influence in years."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 06, 2017, 04:28:59 PM
Team Trump is steadily undermining US climate actions established by Obama:

Title: "EPA's climate rule withdrawal will include big changes to cost calculations"

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/epa-climate-rule-withdrawal-cost-calculations-243520 (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/epa-climate-rule-withdrawal-cost-calculations-243520)

Extract: "The Trump administration will consider fundamentally limiting the way the federal government counts benefits from curbing climate change and air pollution in an upcoming proposal to rescind former President Barack Obama’s signature climate regulation, according to multiple sources familiar with recent drafts.

In nixing the Clean Power Plan, EPA will suggest changing the benefits it counts, which would bolster its arguments that the rule’s economic burdens would outweigh its gains from cleaner air, reduced illnesses and greater energy efficiency. "
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 12, 2017, 04:13:09 PM
Nominee has a business background, not weather.  Or science.

President Trump has nominated Accuweather CEO Barry Myers to post of NOAA Administrator.
https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/918280904056897536 (https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/918280904056897536)


Trump taps AccuWeather CEO to head NOAA, breaking with precedent of nominating scientists
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As NOAA administrator, Myers would be in charge of the Weather Service whose data are heavily used by his family business, based in State College, Pa.

AccuWeather has, in the past, supported measures to limit the extent to which the Weather Service can release information to the public, so that private companies could generate their own value-added products using this same information. In 2005, for example, Myers and his brother Joel gave money to then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who introduced legislation aimed at curtailing government competition with private weather services.

“Barry Myers defines ‘conflict of interest,'” said Ciaran Clayton, who was communications director at NOAA in the Obama administration. “He actively lobbied to privatize the National Weather Service, which works day in and day out to protect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans, to benefit his own company’s bottom line.”

Myers’s appointment is strongly opposed by the labor union for the National Weather Service, the NWS Employees Organization, for this reason. “As NOAA administrator, he would be in a position to fundamentally alter the nature of weather services that NOAA provides the nation, to the benefit of his family-owned business,” said Richard Hirn, a spokesperson for the union. ...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/10/12/trump-taps-barry-myers-accuweather-ceo-to-head-noaa-choice-seen-as-controversial/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/10/12/trump-taps-barry-myers-accuweather-ceo-to-head-noaa-choice-seen-as-controversial/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on October 12, 2017, 04:58:41 PM
It looks like there are some people tracking the deeds of this US government. In my opinion, if it's legally possible to change the government after the next elections, most, if not all of these should be undone. Of course it's possible to construct a law, by which the right to vote of certain people is excluded. It looks like this government supports such laws.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: crandles on October 12, 2017, 08:54:14 PM
Nominee has a business background, not weather.  Or science.

President Trump has nominated Accuweather CEO Barry Myers to post of NOAA Administrator.

Hmm...
http://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2017/10/12/roger-rabbit-no-longer-running-accuwx-now-going-run-noaa/ (http://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2017/10/12/roger-rabbit-no-longer-running-accuwx-now-going-run-noaa/)
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… and my response, (written in 2013) when Accuwx started selling snake oil 45-day weather forecasts.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 13, 2017, 09:01:56 PM
Where do they find these people?  :o

Trump’s Pick For White House Environmental Post Once Said Coal Helped End Slavery
Former Texas regulator Kathleen Hartnett White, unsurprisingly, is a hard-line climate science denier.
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President Donald Trump named Kathleen Hartnett White, a hard-line critic of climate change science, to the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality late Thursday night.

Hartnett White is a former Texas environmental regulator whose six-year tenure was marked by her vote to greenlight a new coal-fired plant over the objections of 24 Dallas-area cities and counties. She previously led the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an influential right-wing think tank with ties to Energy Secretary Rick Perry. ...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kathleen-hartnett-white-coal-slavery_us_59e0c0b2e4b04d1d518125a9 (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kathleen-hartnett-white-coal-slavery_us_59e0c0b2e4b04d1d518125a9)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on October 17, 2017, 01:18:40 AM
You have to wonder how an administration selected by the rejection of facts [climate change deniers, birthers, conspiracy theorists] can actually govern. I guess it depends on whether they’re continuous or discontinuous contrarians. If they’re discontinuous, then at least the ones who believe the truth in one field can cover for the others who choose not to, like the apocryphal monks, feeding each other with long-handled spoons. The weakness is climate science. None of them seems to believe in that.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on October 17, 2017, 05:17:36 AM
You have to wonder how an administration selected by the rejection of facts [climate change deniers, birthers, conspiracy theorists] can actually govern. I guess it depends on whether they’re continuous or discontinuous contrarians. If they’re discontinuous, then at least the ones who believe the truth in one field can cover for the others who choose not to, like the apocryphal monks, feeding each other with long-handled spoons. The weakness is climate science. None of them seems to believe in that.
I think most of them agree that government is bad. And done the way they do it, it is.
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on October 18, 2017, 06:09:20 PM
You have to wonder how an administration selected by the rejection of facts [climate change deniers, birthers, conspiracy theorists] can actually govern. I guess it depends on whether they’re continuous or discontinuous contrarians. If they’re discontinuous, then at least the ones who believe the truth in one field can cover for the others who choose not to, like the apocryphal monks, feeding each other with long-handled spoons. The weakness is climate science. None of them seems to believe in that.
I think most of them agree that government is bad. And done the way they do it, it is.
Terry
Efficient markets also depend on real information. These people are just picking different winners. Overwhelmingly, the fossil fuel industry.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 18, 2017, 06:22:21 PM
    Trump's War on Knowledge.

“The experts are terrible,” Donald Trump said during his campaign. “Look at the mess we’re in with all these experts that we have.” It is hardly surprising, then, that his administration is over-stocked with know-nothing fundamentalists. Across the board, he has appointed amateurs who are hostile to science and sport obscurantism as a badge of honor. Accordingly, the policies they have adopted are as stultifying as they are noxious. ...
   (Article link below.)

Robert Reich - Facebook Post:
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Ariel Dorfman provides a useful list of ways Trump and his administration are shortening the lives of Americans:

1. An estimated 2.3 million American construction workers, miners, and road-crew laborers face life-threatening injury and illness because the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has delayed the enforcement of rules protecting them from silica dust, which is incontrovertibly linked to increases in cancer and lung disease.

2. Deaths will rise among those who toil in shipyards and on construction sites because a regulation created by the Obama administration to reduce exposure to the carcinogen beryllium has been reversed.

3. Miners are at greater risk because inspections in coal mines to identify hazards have been curtailed.

4. Families in Appalachia will be further endangered because the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have been ordered to stop studying how pollutants produced by mountaintop-removal mining may lead to increased rates of cancer, birth defects and respiratory disease.

5. The lives of millions will be shortened because more than 30 rules safeguarding Americans from pollution have been rolled back: they will slowly die from increased heavy metal effluents in waterways; they will die if emission standards for vehicles are relaxed; they will die because chemical spills will be more frequent and our water, air, and soil less clean.

6. More children will get ill and die if parents opt out of immunization programs encouraged by the president’s reckless promotion of the completely debunked “theory” about a link between vaccination and autism, a belief seconded by Tom Price, until recently the head of Health and Human Services, who once said that “vaccines are the equivalent of human experimentation.”

7. In addition, millions more will die prematurely because Trump by executive order has cut health insurance subsidies by $7 billion – thereby forcing insurers to raise premiums or co-payments, and making insurance unaffordable. And he is allowing insurers to offer fewer benefits, which will harm people with pre-existing health problems.

8. And a large number of children will lack the health coverage they need if the Children's Health Insurance Program runs out of money, which is soon to happen.

We are the richest nation in the world, and richer than we've ever been. This is barbaric.

What do you think?
https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1734421803237075 (https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1734421803237075)


Trump's War on Knowledge
http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/10/12/trumps-war-on-knowledge/ (http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/10/12/trumps-war-on-knowledge/)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Alexander555 on October 18, 2017, 10:14:03 PM
That's a lot of nonsens together. It's these democrats that want to bring in more people, and more people is more polution. And if the premiums for health care were not 4500 usd a year, these children would have had a cover. In other countries they don't even pay 1000 usd a year. And we know that mining is not healty, but than we have to stop consuming. Even solar panels and windmills, electrical cars need a lot of resources, and to build and to maintain the extra houses and infrastructure for all these globalists that are on the run for their own created disasters.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Susan Anderson on October 18, 2017, 10:40:14 PM
Alexander555, actually Democrats are very big on birth control access and affordability. One of the first things Republicans in office do is cut off programs that provide access to women's health abroad if it includes family planning help and advice. Empowering women has been shown to work, and it doesn't require bullying people about their all too normal and human tendency to fall and love and have children (lots of climate scientists, among others). They're obsessed with other people's sex lives, and they like fetuses because they don't have needs until they are born so they are unimaginably "pure". Once the family needs health care and support, it's bye bye baby care. And ensuring healthy children means families don't feel they have to have a ton of children as they are acculturated to do for their survival. (And yes, I do know it's more complicated than that, there are other inputs.)

Meanwhile, Trump is busy installing some industry promoters in various posts. Here's the latest on the FDA. "Mr. Trump Outdoes Himself in Picking a Conflicted Regulator"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/opinion/mr-trump-outdoes-himself-in-picking-a-conflicted-regulator.html
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on October 18, 2017, 11:05:44 PM
Sigmetnow
Your #6 actually affects my family. My wife's eldest son and his mate have produced 6 grandchildren who've never "had their shots". Reason bounces off like a cat in a puddle, they're not welcome here.
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 19, 2017, 07:08:55 PM
In this age of anti-science in the U.S., here's a win for science in the state of New Mexico:

Facing Public Outcry, New Mexico Restores Evolution and Global Warming to Science Standards
Students will learn the age of the Earth, too.
Quote
New Mexico’s public education agency announced late Tuesday that it would restore references to evolution, global warming, and the age of the Earth that had been stripped out of the state’s proposed science education standards. The reversal comes after an outcry by teachers, scientists, students, and others—the culmination of which was a day-long public hearing on Monday in which scores of people spoke out against the draft standards. ...
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/new-mexico-reversal-science-education-standards-climate-change/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 23, 2017, 04:27:36 PM
While the cats away, the mice will play:

Title: "Tar Sands Pipeline that Could Rival Keystone XL Quietly Gets Trump Approval"

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19102017/tar-sands-oil-pipeline-approved-line-67-alberta-clipper-enbridge-keystone

Extract: "You've probably heard of the Keystone XL pipeline. But what about Line 67, also known as the Alberta Clipper?

Nine years ago, both were controversial proposals to ship oil from Canada's tar sands into the United States. But while Keystone XL is still awaiting approval and continues to draw protests, Line 67 quietly secured a federal permit last week to ship even more crude than Keystone would.

On Oct. 13, the State Department approved a long-awaited permit that allows Enbridge, which owns the pipeline, to pump up to 890,000 barrels per day across the border between Canada and North Dakota, en route to Superior, Wisconsin."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: solartim27 on October 23, 2017, 06:30:17 PM
EPA prevents scientists from attending conference of agency that they fund.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/climate/epa-scientists.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

http://nbep.org
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 24, 2017, 07:46:52 PM
As The New York Times readied a story on the Environmental Protection Agency for last weekend's front page, an agency spokeswoman ignored the reporter's questions and accused him of writing "elitist clickbait."

EPA Press Office Tips Toward Hostility Under Pruitt
The Environmental Protection Agency’s press office has launched personal attacks on reporters, reflecting Trump’s campaign style.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/24102017/trump-pruitt-epa-press-office-attacked-reporter-lipton-ap-harvey
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Shared Humanity on October 25, 2017, 03:39:20 PM
Cross posted from weird weather thread and a big thank you to Sigmetnow.

http://grist.org/article/life-saving-weather-forecasts-cost-donald-trump-wants-to-slash-them/

Apparently violent weather driven by AGW is not the problem. Knowledge of such things is.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: ghoti on October 25, 2017, 05:40:43 PM
Quote
Apparently violent weather driven by AGW is not the problem. Knowledge of such things is.

Nothing new there. When facts get in the way of your agenda then you hide the facts. This is the standard way of conservative governments as we saw before with Reagan, Bush, and Harper.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 31, 2017, 04:51:28 PM
"40 minutes into a Senate hearing on the lessons from a record disaster season, nobody has mentioned climate change."
https://twitter.com/cflav/status/925372345535131653

".@SenatorTester just became the first person to mention climate change, an hour into a hearing on extreme weather."
https://twitter.com/cflav/status/925377669616807938

"Good lord. FEMA is spending up to $200 million *a day* responding to Harvey, Irma, Maria and the NorCal wildfires according to @FEMA_Brock"
https://twitter.com/blkahn/status/925381699093127168
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 31, 2017, 05:54:02 PM
Personally, I find this thread depressing, but here goes a post anyway:

Title: "Trump’s Gang of Climate Deniers Has Grown Into an Army"

https://newrepublic.com/article/145547/trumps-gang-climate-deniers-grown-army

Extract: "He keeps picking deniers for top government positions: NASA might soon be run by a GOP congressman who blames global warming on the sun."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on October 31, 2017, 06:29:48 PM
crossposted:

that would be nice  ;)

https://www.blick.ch/news/ausland/donald-trump-news-ticker-id6132479.html
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Susan Anderson on November 01, 2017, 05:59:11 PM
Here's more of the same; only industry reps allowed: Pruitt Bars Some Scientists From Advising E.P.A. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/climate/pruitt-epa-science-advisory-boards.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/climate/pruitt-epa-science-advisory-boards.html)

Of course, moneygrubbing is fine, but expertise is not welcome.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on November 01, 2017, 07:17:49 PM
Here's more of the same; only industry reps allowed: Pruitt Bars Some Scientists From Advising E.P.A. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/climate/pruitt-epa-science-advisory-boards.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/climate/pruitt-epa-science-advisory-boards.html)

Of course, moneygrubbing is fine, but expertise is not welcome.


Further with Pruitt's EPA:


Meet dicamba, the new killer from our old friends at Monsanto.
Apparently not enough money can be made selling carcinogens, so Monsanto is pushing it's new dicamba resistant soy seeds. The upside is that it wafts in the breeze killing everyone's weeds. The downside is that it wafts in the breeze killing everyone's crops.


Pruitt's Incredible Shrinking EPA will be ruling on extending dicamba's disastrous one season trial, which ends this November. The Evidently Expendable Experts may struggle against Monsanto's Moneyed Manipulators in a pitched, (as in, not on the level), battle.


Terry


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-01/meet-monsantos-other-herbicide-problem



Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 02, 2017, 03:12:22 PM
Scott Pruitt Declares War on Air Pollution Science
In stacking EPA advisory boards with skeptics, he's laying the groundwork to gut regulations that protect Americans from polluted air.
Quote
Of the 17 new members expected to be appointed to the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), three hail from large fossil-fuel companies: Southern Company, Phillips 66, and Total. Three are from red-state governments; one is from a chemical industry trade association; the rest are from various universities and consulting groups. Five of the 17 hold views on air pollution that are outside of the scientific mainstream. Of the three new members expected to be appointed to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Council (CASAC), one is an air pollution skeptic.
Quote
... Phalen has argued that the air is currently too clean, because children’s lungs need to breathe irritants in order to learn how to fight them. “Modern air,” he said in 2012, “is a little too clean for optimum health.”
https://newrepublic.com/article/145582/scott-pruitt-declares-war-air-pollution-science
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 02, 2017, 05:43:13 PM
So this is what it takes to prevent a non-scientist from being appointed to a scientific position in this administration.

Sam Clovis withdraws his nomination for USDA’s top scientist post after being linked to Russia probe
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/02/sam-clovis-withdraws-nomination-for-udsas-top-scientist-post-after-being-linked-to-russia-probe/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 03, 2017, 04:36:43 PM
The Trump administration's position on climate change is at odds with the findings of the US's Climate Science Special Report, which is part of an even larger scientific review known as the fourth National Climate Assessment.

Title: "Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause"

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/02/561608576/massive-government-report-says-climate-is-warming-and-humans-are-the-cause

Extract: "It is "extremely likely" that human activities are the "dominant cause" of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers.

The climate report, obtained by NPR, notes that the past 115 years are "the warmest in the history of modern civilization." The global average temperature has increased by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over that period. Greenhouse gases from industry and agriculture are by far the biggest contributor to warming.

The findings contradict statements by President Trump and many of his Cabinet members, who have openly questioned the role humans play in changing the climate.

"I believe that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in an interview earlier this year. "There's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact."

That is not consistent with the conclusions of the 600-plus-page Climate Science Special Report, which is part of an even larger scientific review known as the fourth National Climate Assessment. The NCA4, as it's known, is the nation's most authoritative assessment of climate science. The report's authors include experts from leading scientific agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the Department of Energy, as well as academic scientists."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 04, 2017, 12:58:35 AM
Happy Friday! The Natl Climate Assessment came out today, & miraculously, the Trump admin didn't mess with it.
      https://science2017.globalchange.gov
https://twitter.com/erinmurphy1/status/926523299361968128

13 federal agencies have published a landmark climate science report, creating "an unusual situation in which government policies are in direct opposition to the science it is producing."
     https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/climate/us-climate-report.html
https://twitter.com/ericgeller/status/926525187046199299
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on November 04, 2017, 02:07:42 PM
Whether or not this report would be squashed was something that we flagged early on.  Even though it's been released, it would not be surprising to see attacks by Pruitt, Perry, right wing media, and the usual deniers focus on the scientists themselves, belittling the report by undermining the researchers and labeling them biased and corrupt, etc.  and the report itself will do nothing to stop the anti science and pro fossil fuel policy agenda by the administration.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 04, 2017, 04:53:22 PM
In the linked article Scribbler points-out that the GOP's proposed tax bill would suppress the rollout of all electric vehicles on to the roadways:

Title: "Republicans Seek to Use Tax Bill to Suppress Climate and Clean Air Saving Electrical Vehicles"

https://robertscribbler.com/2017/11/02/republicans-seek-to-use-tax-bill-to-suppress-climate-and-clean-air-saving-electrical-vehicles/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on November 05, 2017, 03:50:57 PM
NSIDC DATA - Nearing the end?

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/05/donald-trump-accused-blocking-satellite-climate-change-research

It seems that NASA have decided that DMSP satellite F-19 cannot be made operational, and has been abandoned.
DMSP satellite F-20 was destroyed by order of Congress.
The current satellites are already working beyond their shelf-life and the earliest replacement date is 2023.
It is highly likely that NSIDC data will be interrupted temporarily or permanently.

“This is like throwing away the medical records of a sick patient,” said David Gallaher of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. “Our world is ailing and we have apparently decided to undermine, quite deliberately, the effectiveness of the records on which its recovery might be based. It is criminal.”

However, this criminal act lies not with Trump but at the door of Rep. US Senator Lamar Smith, current chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
He is not standing for re-election next year, and the hurrahs vs eulogies have already started.

http://beta.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-lamar-smith-20171103-story.html
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/02/lamar-smith-retiring-congress/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on November 05, 2017, 11:59:17 PM
Trump, it seems, is but following the wishes of the Republican Party. It's convenient to place the blame on him, but allows the perpetrators a free ride.
Harper, in Canada, was to a much greater extent the source of the anti-science programs that his Conservative Party enacted, and this realization on the part of the voters had an effect on his and the Conservative Party's crushing defeat.
Blaming Republicans for America's betrayal of climate science isn't just more accurate, it will lead to more votes for Democrats in coming elections.


I hope  :(
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on November 07, 2017, 03:42:35 PM
Trump, it seems, is but following the wishes of the Republican Party. It's convenient to place the blame on him, but allows the perpetrators a free ride.

Terry
I so agree, Trump is merely the enabler. The next agency to cripple is NASA -

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/06/we-have-every-reason-to-fear-trumps-pick-to-head-nasa

Edited extracts below:-

We have every reason to fear Trump’s pick to head Nasa
"Republican climate science denial reared its ugly head at Bridenstine’s congressional hearing

Unlike past Nasa administrators, Trump nominee Jim Bridenstine doesn’t have a scientific background. He’s a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma and former Navy pilot. He also has a history of denying basic climate science. That’s concerning because Nasa does some of the world’s best climate science research, and Bridenstine previously introduced legislation that would eliminate Earth science from Nasa’s mission statement.

...the congressional hearing showed why we can expect most Republican senators to vote to confirm Bridenstine. The hearing was held by the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.
- Senator James ‘global warming is the greatest hoax’ Inhofe (R-OK) sits on the senate science committee. During the hearing, Inhofe proclaimed “This 97 percent [expert climate consensus] stuff has been debunked completely and everybody knows that.”
- Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said, “It’s my understanding that it’s not even the position of Nasa at this point that there is a consensus that [climate change is primarily caused by human activity].”
- Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) had the most ant-science statement of the hearing, criticizing “the audacity to think that we are so important that we are causing that climate change.”

It is really scary that these guys are in charge.


Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Shared Humanity on November 07, 2017, 05:52:35 PM
Climate change does not care whether you believe in it or not. It's gonna fuck you in the end, regardless.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Susan Anderson on November 07, 2017, 09:28:35 PM
Mass Shootings, Climate, Discrimination: Why Government's Fear of Data Threatens Us All
https://www.wired.com/story/mass-shootings-climate-discrimination-why-governments-fear-of-data-threatens-us-all/

Good article, here's an extract:

Quote
How about melting Arctic ice? Nope; Congress is dismantling a satellite that was supposed to update the aging monitor network. Climate change? Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, doesn’t think human beings cause it and, more importantly, doesn’t really think you can measure anything to find out. The weather? Forget it; the National Weather Service is coming apart at the seams. How many people live in the United States, data critical to determining political representation and funding priorities? Yeah, no—the 2020 Census is shaping up to be an epic disaster.

It’s hard to imagine a good argument for knowing less—about anything, really, but especially about difficult problems with profound policy implications. The government is supposed to base policy on the best data possible, along with political concerns, budget concerns, social priorities ... the usual warp and weft of running a country.

Yet the Trump administration is running in the other direction. Any data that has even the faintest whiff of potential contradiction goes right out the window. Of course, these folks aren't the first people in power to succumb to a fear of data. They do, however, seem to have found a profound expertise in the practice of eliminating it. Dataphobia chills them to the bone, I suspect because they hope to undermine not only some truths but all truth. David Roberts at Vox has written about what he calls an epistemic crisis in America, the idea that certain rulers and rich people hope to take away the basic idea of knowledge. If nobody can know anything, why bother to try to regulate anything? It’s government-by-ignorance—a shrugocracy.

Assaults on data have come before. “It’s the same reason an oil company doesn’t want research on climate change or a tobacco company doesn’t want research on the relationship between tobacco and cancer,” Vernick says. “Maybe they argue those researchers have an agenda and that’ll allow them to cook the books, but that’s an absurd argument. The worst thing you can do is cook the books. That is the way to guarantee the science is not used as part of policymaking.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on November 07, 2017, 11:41:11 PM
A decent article Susan, but the comments were very disappointing. Raced off in all directions, often straying far from what the article's author was saying. Wired once attracted a fairly astute readership, perhaps it still does with the exception of some who responded to this particular piece. :)
Has taking a shot at Putin now become a prerequisite for publication? The paragraph seemed divorced from the rest of the article, a cut and paste that had little or nothing to do with what preceded, or followed it.



A few months ago I'd come upon a chart that purported to show the difference between Republican and Democratic voters preferences. All the expected were there, plus one I'd not foreseen. The Republicans, according to this piece, are now against a university education.
They'd long been seen by some as "liberal indoctrination camps", but now, apparently the whole concept of higher learning is being viewed with a jaundiced eye.


I'll scurry around in my book marks to see if I retained the article,
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 08, 2017, 08:15:49 PM
EPA's Pruitt vows to continue rolling back rules despite alarming climate report
Quote
WASHINGTON — EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said a newly released government report that lays most of the blame for the rise of global temperatures to human activity won't deter him from continuing to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a major rule aimed at combating climate change.

"We’re taking the very necessary step to evaluate our authority under the Clean Air Act and we’ll take steps that are required to issue a subsequent rule. That’s our focus," Pruitt said in an interview with USA TODAY Tuesday. "Does this report have any bearing on that? No it doesn’t. It doesn’t impact the withdrawal and it doesn’t impact the replacement." ...
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/08/pruitt-says-alarming-climate-report-not-deter-replacement-clean-power-plan/839857001/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 08, 2017, 08:20:48 PM
Senate panel advances Trump’s controversial NASA nominee
Quote
A Senate committee voted Wednesday to approve President Trump’s highly contentious nominee to lead NASA.  The decision to advance Rep. Jim Bridenstine's (R-Okla.) nomination came down to a party-line 14-13 vote in the Senate Commerce Committee.

Democrats strongly objected to Bridenstine, labeling him a politically polarizing figure with little scientific or technical expertise. They also objected to his skepticism of climate change science and his past statements on homosexuality and LGBT rights.

“The NASA administrator, in my judgment, ought to be a skilled executive capable of managing a portfolio of many of the most challenging technical projects undertaken by humankind, especially at this point, as we are venturing out into the cosmos,” Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.), the top Democrat on the committee, said before senators voted on Bridenstine.

“The NASA administrator must have a strong scientific and a technical background, and the NASA administrator must not be political,” he continued. “I believe, Mr. Chairman, that the nominee falls short.”

No Republicans spoke in favor of Bridenstine at the short Wednesday committee meeting.
...

Bridenstine will now be up for a vote by the whole Senate when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) schedules it.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/359356-senate-panel-advances-trumps-controversial-nasa-nominee
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 08, 2017, 11:10:45 PM
As an extreme narcissist, Trump has little (or no) compassion (for future generations) or shame (for appointing such biased advisors):

Title: "Potential Trump Adviser Suggests Climate Change Regulations Are Communist Conspiracy"

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/08/562721401/potential-trump-adviser-suggests-climate-change-regulations-are-communist-conspi

Extract: "President Trump has tapped a former Texas regulator to be his senior adviser on environmental policy. Like a string of other controversial picks, she questions the science behind climate change."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on November 10, 2017, 01:26:53 PM
Read this article in front of a mirror, and watch as your head proceeds to spin.

TRUMP WILL TRY TO CONVINCE THE WORLD THAT FOSSIL FUELS PREVENT CLIMATE CHANGE

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-will-try-convince-world-fossil-fuels-prevent-climate-change-707614?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

Next week, the Trump administration reportedly will make this very case on the world stage. At the United Nation climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where countries will discuss next steps for implementing the Paris agreement, U.S. officials plan to argue that fossil fuels are key to fighting climate change, according to The New York Times.  Representatives of the coal, natural gas, and nuclear industries reportedly will speak  on “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation,” a presentation about “how American energy resources, particularly fossil fuels, can help poor countries meet electricity needs and drive down greenhouse gas emissions.”
-----
The moral case for fossil fuels, as promulgated on the right, states that fossil fuels have improved humans’ lives for more than a century—mainly through economic growth—and thus will continue to do so. The benefits of oil, gas, and coal consumption, the argument goes, far outweigh the environmental and public health costs, which have been wildly overstated by scientists anyway.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on November 10, 2017, 03:30:07 PM
Adding to the post by Pileus, the Guardian writes about the US divided at Bonn. Extracts below:-

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/09/bonn-climate-change-talks-us-two-tribes

"One nation, two tribes: opposing visions of US climate role on show in Bonn"

Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris accord – but other Americans are standing with the world to help fight the ‘existential crisis’ of global warming

Tribe #1
A US Climate Action Center has been set up for delegates in Bonn, representing the climate change priorities of several thousand US cities, states, tribes and businesses. Corporate giants Mars, Walmart and Citi are expected to push for action on climate change. The center is in lieu of an official US presence – for the first time, the US government won’t have a pavilion at the annual UN climate summit.

Tribe #2
The White House has confirmed that the US will promote the “efficient” use of coal, nuclear energy and natural gas as an answer to climate change in a presentation to delegates in Bonn. Trump has vowed to revive America’s ailing coal sector but this message is likely to to provoke outrage on the global stage.

"Hope Floats" ?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on November 10, 2017, 03:40:15 PM
Off-topic, but what the hell. (Where else to put it).

There will be a few delegates at Bonn who will be going home to danger.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2017/jul/13/the-defenders-tracker

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 14, 2017, 02:37:02 AM
Here’s Trump’s pick for Top Environmental Advisor answering questions about the environment in a confirmation hearing.  Or, trying to.  ::)  Unbelievable!

(Senator Whitehouse continually gives speeches on the floor of the Senate, warning about climate change.)

https://twitter.com/adamparkhomenko/status/929598544171945984
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on November 14, 2017, 03:04:10 AM
Here’s Trump’s pick for Top Environmental Advisor answering questions about the environment in a confirmation hearing.  Or, trying to.  ::)  Unbelievable!

(Senator Whitehouse continually gives speeches on the floor of the Senate, warning about climate change.)

https://twitter.com/adamparkhomenko/status/929598544171945984 (https://twitter.com/adamparkhomenko/status/929598544171945984)
Wow, just Wow!
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 15, 2017, 03:31:02 PM
It looks like Trumps proposed budget cuts to NOAA, and other related agencies will severely limit data need to calibrate climate models, for years to come:

Title: "Flying Blind: The Dangerous Decline of the U.S. Ocean Monitoring Fleet"

https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2017/11/14/flying-blind-the-dangerous-decline-of-the-u-s-ocean-monitoring-fleet

Extract: "Budget shortfalls and aging ships are starting to undermine key climate-change data-collection programs that help scientists gauge the state of the world’s oceans.

President Trump’s proposed budget contains deep cuts to NOAA and other agencies collecting climate-related data. NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research said that the cuts would kill “Arctic research focused on improvements to sea ice modeling and predictions that support the safety of fishermen, commercial shippers, cruise ships and local communities,” Science reported.

Even if such programs are restored, Ekwurzel said, “it could take years to recover.” Periods of data blackouts detract from robust results, and knowledge is lost when scientists leave ongoing projects.

“Cuts in one year can have big consequences in such complicated science,” she said."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on November 17, 2017, 02:50:32 PM
Herewith some extracts from the official FY 2018 budget proposal documents of the US budget offices of NOAA and the Department of Energy. Just google budget office and department name and off you go.

Read and despair - the devil is in the detail.

The sums involved are chump change compared with the hundreds of billions of tax cuts to be thrown at those who don not need them but are hugely damaging to science, especially on Planet Earth research. e.g. Will the GRACE follow-on project be cancelled / crippled ?

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: sidd on November 17, 2017, 08:55:12 PM
Thats interesting: fossil energy budget at DOE cut by 45% since 2016 ? Is that an error or are they sneaking the money back in somehow ?

sidd
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Rob Dekker on November 18, 2017, 05:29:56 AM
Thats interesting: fossil energy budget at DOE cut by 45% since 2016 ? Is that an error or are they sneaking the money back in somehow ?

The bulk of dollars that got cut in the "fossil energy" section is in "Fossil Energy Research and Development".

Here is an overview of that program :
https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2013/04/f0/14_Budget_Brief.pdf

Quote
Secure, affordable and environmentally acceptable energy sources are
essential to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity. The Fossil
Energy Research and Development (FER&D) program leads Federal research,
development, and demonstration efforts on advanced carbon
capture, and storage (CCS) technologies
to facilitate achievement of the
President’s climate goals. FER&D also develops technological solutions
for the prudent and sustainable development of our unconventional domestic
resources.

So we are mainly looking at the Trump administration killing off CCS technology.

Overall, the biggest looser in this budget is "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" which got cut by far the largest amount ($1.4 billion; a whopping -69%).
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Rob Dekker on November 18, 2017, 05:49:59 AM
While Trump is running a reality show from the White House, his Republican Congress is passing bills favoring the fossil fuel industry and against science.

Latest one is this bill, which will hand over Public land and water to the oil industry.
Keep your eye on it while it moves through the process :

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4239
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 19, 2017, 03:23:35 AM
Maybe, just maybe, they won't put this industry shill in charge of regulating his own industry?

GOP opposition endangers Trump’s pick to regulate toxic chemicals
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Two Republican senators have announced they oppose President Donald Trump's controversial pick to become the nation's top regulator of toxic chemicals, putting his nomination in serious jeopardy.
...
Dourson has elicited a fierce backlash from Democrats and public-health advocates for his long record of industry-funded research, which chemical manufacturers have used to downplay the risks of potentially hazardous substances. ...
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-opposition-endangers-trump-s-pick-regulate-toxic-chemicals-n821416
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Susan Anderson on November 19, 2017, 06:17:54 AM
It does look like some Republicans are seeing the handwriting on the wall and detaching themselves from a tiny bit of the worst of the worst, though they've already OK'd worlds of harm (literally). Thanks for sharing this.

Maybe, just maybe, they won't put this industry shill in charge of regulating his own industry?

GOP opposition endangers Trump’s pick to regulate toxic chemicals
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Two Republican senators have announced they oppose President Donald Trump's controversial pick to become the nation's top regulator of toxic chemicals, putting his nomination in serious jeopardy.
...
Dourson has elicited a fierce backlash from Democrats and public-health advocates for his long record of industry-funded research, which chemical manufacturers have used to downplay the risks of potentially hazardous substances. ...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 29, 2017, 04:29:29 PM
The GOP has added legislation to allow drilling in ANWR to the Senate's tax code overhaul bill.

Title: "Democrats worry Arctic National Wildlife Refuge being lost amid tax debate"

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-267819

Title: "The prospect of drilling in the untouched Alaskan tundra is as close to reality as it's been in more than a decade, with none of the political drama that in past decades turned the refuge's fate into a top-tier rallying cry for liberals. Legislation to allow drilling in ANWR is quietly hitching a ride on the tax code overhaul that Senate Republicans hope to complete by the end of the week, overshadowed by larger debates on whether the bill is a giveaway to rich people and corporations at the expense of the poor and working class."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: 6roucho on November 29, 2017, 04:55:45 PM
Thats interesting: fossil energy budget at DOE cut by 45% since 2016 ? Is that an error or are they sneaking the money back in somehow ?

The bulk of dollars that got cut in the "fossil energy" section is in "Fossil Energy Research and Development".

Here is an overview of that program :
https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2013/04/f0/14_Budget_Brief.pdf

Quote
Secure, affordable and environmentally acceptable energy sources are
essential to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity. The Fossil
Energy Research and Development (FER&D) program leads Federal research,
development, and demonstration efforts on advanced carbon
capture, and storage (CCS) technologies
to facilitate achievement of the
President’s climate goals. FER&D also develops technological solutions
for the prudent and sustainable development of our unconventional domestic
resources.

So we are mainly looking at the Trump administration killing off CCS technology.

Overall, the biggest looser in this budget is "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" which got cut by far the largest amount ($1.4 billion; a whopping -69%).

The real ‘budget’ for extraction industries comes in the form of subsidies across their business cycle, from exploration to construction to distribution networks, which amount to trillions of dollars over time. The forthcoming corporate tax cut is more of the same, since the fossil fuel industry remains nx the size and profitability of the renewables sector. That amount of money pays for an awful lot of competitive advantage.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 07, 2017, 06:59:14 PM
Let’s review.

Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees
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WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. And it’s moving slower as well.

Of 43 Trump administration nominees in science-related positions — including two for Health and Human Services secretary — almost 60 percent did not have a master’s degree or a doctorate in a science or health field, according to an Associated Press analysis. For their immediate predecessors in the Obama administration, it was almost the opposite: more than 60 percent had advanced science degrees.
https://apnews.com/fc357285cc2d491abfa5cc0d817603ba/Trump-science-job-nominees-missing-advanced-science-degrees
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 08, 2017, 01:47:51 AM
EPA Chief Pruitt asked mining industry to tell Trump to pull out of Paris Accord.

EPA watchdog to investigate Pruitt meeting with industry group
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Pruitt met with the mining group in April and reportedly urged association members to tell President Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal.

Critics of the meeting, including Democrats and liberal groups, say a request like that from a Cabinet member violates anti-lobbying laws for government officials. They want the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to provide a legal opinion on that question, and they asked the inspector general to first “develop a comprehensive factual record" for use in such an analysis. ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/363586-epa-watchdog-to-investigate-pruitt-meeting-with-industry-group
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 08, 2017, 08:42:43 PM
Congress Questions Pruitt on Industry's Growing Influence in EPA
In his first oversight hearing, the environment agency chief said he would replace Obama’s Clean Power Plan and challenge a key finding with a 'red team' exercise.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07122017/scott-pruitt-epa-testimony-congress-hearing-climate-clean-power-plan-red-team-fossil-fuel-lobby
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 08, 2017, 08:58:15 PM
How Fossil Fuel Donors Shaped the Anti-Climate Agenda of a Powerful Congressional Committee
Rep. Lamar Smith has led a strategic attack on climate science using the committee he chairs. Back in Texas, his constituents face the effects of global warming.
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Sixteen-term Republican Lamar Smith has used his power as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee for the past five years to do battle on behalf of the fossil fuel industry. Embracing the arguments of a small group of climate contrarians, Smith acknowledges that warming is happening but says more research is needed to determine the amount and causes, and whether it does more good than harm. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/05122017/lamar-smith-congress-climate-change-fossil-fuel-industry-house-science-committee
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: NevB on December 12, 2017, 02:35:16 AM
How much will this transfer of knowledge to France affect US climate science?
 
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Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/macron-awards-grants-to-us-scientists-to-move-to-france-in-defiance-of-trump (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/macron-awards-grants-to-us-scientists-to-move-to-france-in-defiance-of-trump)

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on December 14, 2017, 04:44:39 PM
The linked article refutes Rick Perry's assertion about anthropogenic climate change:

Title: " Analysis: Why scientists think 100% of global warming is due to humans"

https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-why-scientists-think-100-of-global-warming-is-due-to-humans

Extract: "During a recent congressional hearing, Rick Perry, the US energy secretary, remarked that “to stand up and say that 100% of global warming is because of human activity, I think on its face, is just indefensible”.

However, the science on the human contribution to modern warming is quite clear. Humans emissions and activities have caused around 100% of the warming observed since 1950, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment report."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: wili on December 14, 2017, 10:36:26 PM
In fact, it may be more than 100%, since without the enormous industrial carbon dump into the atmosphere in the last hundred plus years, the global temperature probably would have continued its gradual downward trend evident over the last 8000 some years.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on December 15, 2017, 04:35:01 PM
Sad.

Popkin, G. (2017), Major federal tropical research project to cease 7 years early, Eos, 98, https://doi.org/10.1029/2017EO088505. Published on 11 December 2017.

https://eos.org/articles/major-federal-tropical-research-project-to-cease-7-years-early?utm_source=eos&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EosBuzz121517

Extract: "When the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) $100 million Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiment–Tropics (NGEE-Tropics) launched in 2015, Ariel Lugo, an ecologist and director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, was excited.  He felt that the project’s large budget and international scope might help it take on one of the field’s long-standing challenges: helping computer models accurately represent how tropical forests will respond to climate change.

The plan was for it to run until 2025. But this spring, sometime after the release of the White House’s 2018 budget request in May, the NGEE-Tropics project’s leaders began telling collaborators the project would shut down in 2018. The project is slated to end 7 years ahead of schedule."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 16, 2017, 02:16:28 AM
After the huge Democratic swing in recent state elections, Republicans in Congress may be evaluating the possible effects on their own re-election chances, given their abominable choices for some administration positions.

Another Trump Nominee Drops Out
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EPA chemical safety nominee Michael Dourson, who has ties to the chemical industry and writes “science-Bible stories," has just withdrawn his nomination. He’s at least the 39th Trump nominee to drop out of consideration for federal government positions. ...
https://www.buzzfeed.com/zahrahirji/michael-dourson-withdraws-epa-chemical-safety
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 16, 2017, 06:13:56 PM
The coal miner’s president: Trump moves to weaken black lung protections
Trump praised coal miners on the campaign trail, but hasn’t been treating them well in office
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President Donald Trump is considering weakening a regulation intended to protect the health of one of the demographics he has often claimed to care most about — America's coal miners.

A notice labeled "Regulatory Reform of Existing Standards and Regulations; Retrospective Study of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Rule" was published on Thursday by the White House for the Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The stated purpose of the reevaluation would be to determine how a 2014 rule passed under President Barack Obama regulating coal miners' exposure to coal dust "could be improved or made more effective or less burdensome."

When the rule was first implemented, it utilized new technologies and increased sampling in mines so that workers would have real-time information about dust levels. This would in turn allow both the miners and operators to minimize the chances that workers would be overexposed to coal dust, which has caused an epidemic of black lung disease among coal miners. ...
https://www.salon.com/2017/12/15/the-coal-miners-president-trump-moves-to-weaken-black-lung-protections/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: SteveMDFP on December 16, 2017, 08:37:55 PM
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.2cfadb874ce0 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.2cfadb874ce0)
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The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
More detail at the link.  Sigh.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on December 17, 2017, 12:35:11 AM
After the huge Democratic swing in recent state elections, Republicans in Congress may be evaluating the possible effects on their own re-election chances, given their abominable choices for some administration positions.

Another Trump Nominee Drops Out
Quote
EPA chemical safety nominee Michael Dourson, who has ties to the chemical industry and writes “science-Bible stories," has just withdrawn his nomination. He’s at least the 39th Trump nominee to drop out of consideration for federal government positions. ...
https://www.buzzfeed.com/zahrahirji/michael-dourson-withdraws-epa-chemical-safety (https://www.buzzfeed.com/zahrahirji/michael-dourson-withdraws-epa-chemical-safety)
His falling be the wayside won't be mourned by many.


Whenever science and bible are combined in a CV, or a rap sheet, nothing good can follow.


My local MP was a chiropractor with a degree from an unaccredited school who believed the world was 4K yrs old. The Conservatives made him Minister of Science and Technology.
It was a joy to campaign against him.
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 17, 2017, 07:19:48 PM
“Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a decade.”

More than 700 employees have left the EPA since Scott Pruitt took over
https://thinkprogress.org/epa-employees-leaving-under-pruitt-11b36a220062/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on December 18, 2017, 05:58:03 AM
“Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a decade.”

More than 700 employees have left the EPA since Scott Pruitt took over
https://thinkprogress.org/epa-employees-leaving-under-pruitt-11b36a220062/

All according to the plan to diminsh the US population, I'd wager. The republicans are considering the slow poisoning of people a valid method of combating climate change. Some of us may disagree.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 18, 2017, 10:19:25 PM
Bucking Pentagon and intel agencies, Trump's security strategy omits climate change from list of major threats
http://mashable.com/2017/12/18/trump-national-security-strategy-omits-climate-change-threat.amp

The Trump administration's national security strategy has a section on embracing "energy dominance" starting on page 32.  (See image below.)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: P-maker on December 19, 2017, 12:34:49 AM
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U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests,"

On the other hand, one could argue that the new Trump doctrine on fossil fuel energy dominance could soon become the
Quote
millstone around the neck”
of the US of A.

All this crap about the US to:
Quote
… serve as a model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains,”
is completely ridiculous considering the most recent tax cuts and the proposed federal research budget cuts for 2018.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on December 19, 2017, 06:53:01 AM
I don't see anything "new" in an American doctrine advocating fossil fuel domination.
This has been SOP since at least the Gulf of Tonkin false flags.


Without America's unquenchable lust for oil we might all have lived in peaceful times.
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 21, 2017, 12:46:14 AM
What It’s Like Inside the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback at the EPA
https://www.propublica.org/article/inside-trump-regulatory-rollback-epa
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on December 21, 2017, 06:52:36 PM
What It’s Like Inside the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback at the EPA
https://www.propublica.org/article/inside-trump-regulatory-rollback-epa (https://www.propublica.org/article/inside-trump-regulatory-rollback-epa)
Excellent article and comments.
I'd never known that Clinton-era reforms required that each regulation had to justify it's costs. How do you put a dollar value on a child's IQ?


Any odds on when the next river catches on fire?


Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on December 23, 2017, 05:04:18 PM
The GOP tax bill is bad news for science:

Title: "The Republican Tax Bill Will Devastate Science"

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-republican-tax-bill-will-devastate-science/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content=&utm_term=policy_blog_&sf177239730=1

Extract: "By adding at least $1.5 trillion to the debt, we are hamstringing our ability to invest in the programs, researchers, and ideas to keep our country innovative and competitive

In any household, how you budget is an indication of your priorities. And as many of us know, the earlier you start investing, the more it pays off. The same is true for the federal government. The Republican tax bill passed by Congress this week is estimated to cost our country, at best, $1.5 trillion over the next ten years, and other estimates put that closer to $2.3 trillion. Trillion—that’s a figure with twelve zeros (000,000,000,000)—which are more zeros than most of us can comprehend. I’ve been doing a lot of math over the last couple weeks, and it turns out that amount of debt means $4,600 - $7,100 on the credit card for every man, woman and child in this country."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 23, 2017, 07:15:29 PM
Trump EPA pick for Chicago office cut enforcement, scrapped climate change information in Wisconsin
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The Trump administration's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's Midwest office is a former Wisconsin state official who rolled back enforcement of anti-pollution laws, reduced funding for scientific research and scrubbed references to human-caused climate change from government websites.

Cathy Stepp, who since August has been a deputy regional administrator in the EPA's Kansas City, Kan., office, will take over the top spot at the agency's Chicago outpost less than two years after the Obama administration ousted a predecessor over the agency's lax response to the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

The Midwest office traditionally has been one of the agency's biggest and busiest, prosecuting companies that pollute the air, water and land in Illinois and five other states around the Great Lakes. The Trump administration has been pushing for deep cuts in the EPA's budget and proposing massive layoffs of agency employees.

An EPA statement announcing Stepp's appointment Tuesday included references to her background as a homebuilder, Republican state lawmaker and director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under Republican Gov. Scott Walker. ...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-trump-midwest-epa-director-20171219-story.html
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 25, 2017, 01:56:20 AM
This study aimed to make offshore drilling safer. Trump just put a stop to it.
Quote
Two months after proposing to open a massive area of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas companies for offshore drilling, the Trump administration has halted a study that aimed to make drilling platforms safer.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced Thursday that the Interior Department suspended a $580,000 study to update and enhance the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s oil and gas inspection program. “The stop work order, dated Dec. 7, says that within 90 days [it] will either be lifted or work on the study can resume, or the contract to perform the study will be terminated.” ...
Quote
It was the second time in four months that the administration has blocked a National Academies study. In August, a study of health effects related to mountaintop removal to extract coal in West Virginia was abruptly curtailed “largely as a result of the Department’s changing budget situation,” Interior said. ...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/21/this-study-aimed-to-make-offshore-drilling-safer-trump-just-put-a-stop-to-it/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 25, 2017, 08:25:32 PM
100-year-old bird protection law, repealed.

The White House Turns Its Back on America’s Birds
The Trump Administration will no longer hold industry accountable for bird deaths.
Quote
WASHINGTON—“Christmas came early for bird killers. By acting to end industries’ responsibility to avoid millions of gruesome bird deaths per year, the White House is parting ways with more than 100 years of conservation legacy,” said David O’Neill, Audubon’s chief conservation officer, in response to the Trump Administration's decision to no longer enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in cases of incidental bird deaths.

“Gutting the MBTA runs counter to decades of legal precedent as well as basic conservative principles—for generations Republicans and Democrats have embraced both conservation and economic growth and now this Administration is pitting them against each other. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of the most important conservation laws we have.

“We will engage our 1.2 million members to defend the MBTA from this and any other attack on the laws that protect birds.”

Congress passed the MBTA in 1918 (2018 will be its centennial year) in response to public outcry over the mass slaughter of birds, which threatened egrets and other species with extirpation. The law prohibits killing or harming America’s birds except under certain conditions, including managed hunting seasons for game species. The law protects more than 1,000 bird species in part because it requires industries implement commonsense best management practices like covering tar pits and marking transmission lines. ...
http://www.audubon.org/news/the-white-house-turns-its-back-americas-birds
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 28, 2017, 06:46:19 PM
White openly supported a TCEQ policy of subtracting the margin of error from tests for radiation contamination in water.

Quote
A Trump administration nominee is embroiled in controversy about alleged radiation contamination of drinking water.

“Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump’s pick for a powerful White House environmental post, is backing away from her testimony before senators denying a role in under reporting radiation contamination in Texas drinking water,” Scripps News reported. ...
https://connect.wateronline.com/doc/trump-environmental-nominee-allegedly-ignored-water-rule-0001
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: pileus on December 29, 2017, 03:33:06 AM
We all knew we would see this mindless and favorite denier tactic from Trump eventually during the cold snap in the US.  Here it is.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Juan C. García on December 29, 2017, 06:55:46 AM
We all knew we would see this mindless and favorite denier tactic from Trump eventually during the cold snap in the US.  Here it is.

But while Trump denies climate change in Eastern USA...

Trump Resort in Ireland Gets Approval for Sea Walls
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/world/europe/trump-resort-ireland-sea-wall.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/world/europe/trump-resort-ireland-sea-wall.html)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on December 29, 2017, 10:43:59 AM
The more I read about the Trump Presidency and perhaps more than anything the assaults on science and environmental protection, the more I realise that Judas Iscariot was an amateur.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on December 29, 2017, 04:25:51 PM
The more I read about the Trump Presidency and perhaps more than anything the assaults on science and environmental protection, the more I realise that Judas Iscariot was an amateur.

interesting analogy that brings us to the "anti-christ" who is expected to be in a powerful position and let loose all kinds of horrible scenarios.

for those who are not privy with the above hinted read the book:

"And His Number Is 666" ( Number Of The Beast )

i'm not saying anything but that it's a good read no matter what someone believes because
independent of believes the general pattern of how humanity "works" applies and is visible all over the place and it's well describe although not holistically :-)

the moment an outright liar, manipulator, sexist and more who is offending 80% of all people or more can be elected by around 50% of people in a developed country i think it's time to raise flaggs stay tuned and very alert. we all know when that happened last and how it ended.

it's such a case with predictions, many things are predictable but not so many times the point in time when they will happen, similarly to the current development of the freezing season.

no surprise indeed but no-one knows when what happens, hence better being alert and  provident.
i personally think that this guy will pass and disappear like GWB did but not if he will be elected a second term. i really hope that many enough U.S.-American fellow humans fully understand what hour the clock of this planet has hit.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Murph on January 02, 2018, 01:32:53 PM
100-year-old bird protection law, repealed.

The White House Turns Its Back on America’s Birds
The Trump Administration will no longer hold industry accountable for bird deaths.
Quote
WASHINGTON—“Christmas came early for bird killers. By acting to end industries’ responsibility to avoid millions of gruesome bird deaths per year, the White House is parting ways with more than 100 years of conservation legacy,” said David O’Neill, Audubon’s chief conservation officer, in response to the Trump Administration's decision to no longer enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in cases of incidental bird deaths.

“Gutting the MBTA runs counter to decades of legal precedent as well as basic conservative principles—for generations Republicans and Democrats have embraced both conservation and economic growth and now this Administration is pitting them against each other. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of the most important conservation laws we have.

“We will engage our 1.2 million members to defend the MBTA from this and any other attack on the laws that protect birds.”

Congress passed the MBTA in 1918 (2018 will be its centennial year) in response to public outcry over the mass slaughter of birds, which threatened egrets and other species with extirpation. The law prohibits killing or harming America’s birds except under certain conditions, including managed hunting seasons for game species. The law protects more than 1,000 bird species in part because it requires industries implement commonsense best management practices like covering tar pits and marking transmission lines. ...
http://www.audubon.org/news/the-white-house-turns-its-back-americas-birds

Are there any estimates on how this repeal will impact the bird populations? I feel like no though has been put into this decision.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on January 02, 2018, 07:09:35 PM

Are there any estimates on how this repeal will impact the bird populations? I feel like no though has been put into this decision.
Unfortunately this seems to be the norm for much emanating from Washington recently.


If some good must be found in these declarations, it's that the public becomes so outraged that they take compliance into their own hands, or the corporations involved begin voluntary compliance with regulations they themselves had opposed, to gain some needed good publicity. ::)
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Alexander555 on January 02, 2018, 07:58:56 PM
100-year-old bird protection law, repealed.

The White House Turns Its Back on America’s Birds
The Trump Administration will no longer hold industry accountable for bird deaths.
Quote
WASHINGTON—“Christmas came early for bird killers. By acting to end industries’ responsibility to avoid millions of gruesome bird deaths per year, the White House is parting ways with more than 100 years of conservation legacy,” said David O’Neill, Audubon’s chief conservation officer, in response to the Trump Administration's decision to no longer enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in cases of incidental bird deaths.

“Gutting the MBTA runs counter to decades of legal precedent as well as basic conservative principles—for generations Republicans and Democrats have embraced both conservation and economic growth and now this Administration is pitting them against each other. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of the most important conservation laws we have.

“We will engage our 1.2 million members to defend the MBTA from this and any other attack on the laws that protect birds.”

Congress passed the MBTA in 1918 (2018 will be its centennial year) in response to public outcry over the mass slaughter of birds, which threatened egrets and other species with extirpation. The law prohibits killing or harming America’s birds except under certain conditions, including managed hunting seasons for game species. The law protects more than 1,000 bird species in part because it requires industries implement commonsense best management practices like covering tar pits and marking transmission lines. ...
http://www.audubon.org/news/the-white-house-turns-its-back-americas-birds

Are there any estimates on how this repeal will impact the bird populations? I feel like no though has been put into this decision.

Most of these birds are going to die anyway. Twenty years ago, we had butterfly everywhere. Today you have to be lucky to find one. Because  people keep moving in, mainly from Africa. So they have to keep building and building and building.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Pmt111500 on January 03, 2018, 12:54:37 PM
Traffic has likely been the largest killer before, nowadays neonicotinoids exterminate their food, so birds are going to get starved to death..
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Daniel B. on January 03, 2018, 08:30:55 PM
100-year-old bird protection law, repealed.

The White House Turns Its Back on America’s Birds
The Trump Administration will no longer hold industry accountable for bird deaths.
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WASHINGTON—“Christmas came early for bird killers. By acting to end industries’ responsibility to avoid millions of gruesome bird deaths per year, the White House is parting ways with more than 100 years of conservation legacy,” said David O’Neill, Audubon’s chief conservation officer, in response to the Trump Administration's decision to no longer enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in cases of incidental bird deaths.

“Gutting the MBTA runs counter to decades of legal precedent as well as basic conservative principles—for generations Republicans and Democrats have embraced both conservation and economic growth and now this Administration is pitting them against each other. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of the most important conservation laws we have.

“We will engage our 1.2 million members to defend the MBTA from this and any other attack on the laws that protect birds.”

Congress passed the MBTA in 1918 (2018 will be its centennial year) in response to public outcry over the mass slaughter of birds, which threatened egrets and other species with extirpation. The law prohibits killing or harming America’s birds except under certain conditions, including managed hunting seasons for game species. The law protects more than 1,000 bird species in part because it requires industries implement commonsense best management practices like covering tar pits and marking transmission lines. ...
http://www.audubon.org/news/the-white-house-turns-its-back-americas-birds

Are there any estimates on how this repeal will impact the bird populations? I feel like no though has been put into this decision.

It is unlikely to have any impact.  The administration did not repeal the 100-year-old bird protection law, as claimed.  They only removed the 2-year-old unintentional killings enacted by the Obama administration, which has not even been enforced yet.  The original MBTA is still intact. 
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 03, 2018, 08:57:17 PM
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It is unlikely to have any impact.  The administration did not repeal the 100-year-old bird protection law, as claimed.  They only removed the 2-year-old unintentional killings enacted by the Obama administration, which has not even been enforced yet.  The original MBTA is still intact.

The decision removes the responsibility for industry to act in ways that prevent bird deaths. As long as they don’t set out to directly kill birds, they get a pass to do whatever isn’t otherwise illegal.

“The law protects more than 1,000 bird species in part because it requires industries implement commonsense best management practices like covering tar pits and marking transmission lines.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Daniel B. on January 04, 2018, 08:31:07 PM
...
It is unlikely to have any impact.  The administration did not repeal the 100-year-old bird protection law, as claimed.  They only removed the 2-year-old unintentional killings enacted by the Obama administration, which has not even been enforced yet.  The original MBTA is still intact.

The decision removes the responsibility for industry to act in ways that prevent bird deaths. As long as they don’t set out to directly kill birds, they get a pass to do whatever isn’t otherwise illegal.

“The law protects more than 1,000 bird species in part because it requires industries implement commonsense best management practices like covering tar pits and marking transmission lines.”

That is true.  However, this is no change from past practices.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 06, 2018, 04:40:37 PM
This administration has targeted the environment, more than any other area, for the rollback or repeal of rules.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 08, 2018, 03:41:56 AM
The Interior Department Has Cleared the Way for Energy Developers to Destroy Natural Habitats
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Just before Christmas, the Interior Department quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife. Order 3360, signed by Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, explains that the policies were rescinded because they were “potential burdens” to energy development.

The order echoes earlier mandates from President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Interior’s 70,000 employees: Prioritize energy development and de-emphasize climate change and conservation. The order is another in a long string of examples of science and conservation taking a backseat to industry’s wishes at the Interior Department under Zinke. ...
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/01/the-interior-department-has-cleared-the-way-for-energy-developers-to-destroy-natural-habitats/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on January 08, 2018, 03:36:10 PM
The Interior Department Has Cleared the Way for Energy Developers to Destroy Natural Habitats
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Just before Christmas, the Interior Department quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife. Order 3360, signed by Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, explains that the policies were rescinded because they were “potential burdens” to energy development.

The order echoes earlier mandates from President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Interior’s 70,000 employees: Prioritize energy development and de-emphasize climate change and conservation. The order is another in a long string of examples of science and conservation taking a backseat to industry’s wishes at the Interior Department under Zinke. ...
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/01/the-interior-department-has-cleared-the-way-for-energy-developers-to-destroy-natural-habitats/

Perhaps we need another thread - Trump Administration assaults on the natural environment ?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 12, 2018, 08:24:41 PM
...

Perhaps we need another thread - Trump Administration assaults on the natural environment ?

Not a bad idea.  But I also feel the fewer Trump threads, the better. ;) :-\
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on January 12, 2018, 08:33:30 PM
...

Perhaps we need another thread - Trump Administration assaults on the natural environment ?

Not a bad idea.  But I also feel the fewer Trump threads, the better. ;) :-\

I agree - compromise? Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Envionment ?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 12, 2018, 08:35:33 PM
The Trump Administration has been quietly removing content from federal websites — here's the before and after
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The Trump Administration is quietly changing things on .gov websites - and a group of academics and non-profits is keeping track.

The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) released a new report on Wednesday that details how references to our changing climate and greenhouse gases have been erased from federal webpages since President Donald Trump took office.

But new side-by-side comparisons from EDGI provide a kind of virtual trip back in time to the web before Trump took office, shedding light on the subtle ways that the administration is making it harder to track down information about climate change and alternative energy sources online. ...
https://amp.businessinsider.com/trump-administration-climate-change-references-scrubbed-from-websites-2018-1


Those daring rogues over at the National Park Service are restoring much of their site at a new link: https://altnps.org   
They are on Twitter as @ALTNPS
“We are happy to announce the launch of our new website after some slight setbacks yesterday. Our website will soon feature all the removed climate change information from federal websites by the Trump administration. Visit us at https://altnps.org/ “

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 12, 2018, 08:46:31 PM
...

Perhaps we need another thread - Trump Administration assaults on the natural environment ?

Not a bad idea.  But I also feel the fewer Trump threads, the better. ;) :-\

I agree - compromise? Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Envionment ?

6roucho created the thread.  Looks like it will take more than an emperor to change it. ;)
It will come up the new way, in the Recent Posts list, if anyone changes it in their post.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 17, 2018, 03:10:07 PM
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Knowles told the Post that the board hasn't held a meeting since President Trump took office last January despite the board being required by law to meet two times each year.

"We were frozen out," Knowles told the newspaper.

Majority of National Park Service advisory board resigns amid protest
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/369246-majority-of-national-park-service-advisory-board-resigns-amid
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 18, 2018, 04:50:37 PM
Photographer captures Murray Energy love-fest in Dept. of Energy meeting, with recommendations for coal-friendly steps Rick Perry should take, including replacing FERC members.

He Leaked a Photo of Rick Perry Hugging a Coal Executive. Then He Lost His Job.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/business/rick-perry-energy-photographer.html

https://www.facebook.com/AltUSNationalParkService/posts/1952141315113931
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 19, 2018, 08:53:29 PM
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Trump has tried to restrict science almost 100 times already.  There are 91 entries on Columbia Law School’s “Silencing Science Tracker,” a searchable database released Friday that intends to document every instance of information censorship or restriction since President Donald Trump was elected. If this is an accurate tally, that means there’s been some kind of attempt to limit government scientific information once every week in Trump’s America.

The online resource is a joint project of Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit originally created in 2011 to defend scientists from what at the time seemed like the biggest threat facing the climate science community: legal attacks against individual scientists by conservative groups. The group’s priorities have shifted somewhat since Trump’s election. “Political and ideological attacks on science have a long and shameful history, and such attacks are the most dangerous when carried out or condoned by government authorities,” said Lauren Kurtz, CSLDF’s executive director. ...
https://newrepublic.com/minutes/146680/trump-tried-restrict-science-almost-100-times-already
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on January 23, 2018, 11:53:24 AM
It seems anything dumb that Trump can do, Canada can match.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/22/canada-climate-science-faces-looming-crisis

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Canadian climate science faces crisis that may be felt globally, scientists warn

In a letter to Justin Trudeau, 250 scientists highlight their concern over the imminent end of a research program to better understand climate change

Canadian climate science is facing a looming crisis whose repercussions could be felt far beyond the country’s borders, hundreds of scientists have warned, after the Canadian government failed to renew the country’s only dedicated funding program for climate and atmospheric research.

In an open letter addressed to Justin Trudeau, more than 250 scientists from 22 countries highlight their concern over the imminent end of the C$35m Climate Change and Atmospheric Research program.

Launched in 2012, the program funded seven research networks that explored issues such as the impact of aerosols, changing sea ice and snow cover, as well as atmospheric temperatures in the high Arctic.

Much of the research emerging from the program was focused on Canada’s Arctic, yielding data sets that were used around the world by scientists seeking to better understand climate change and its impacts.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2018, 05:21:42 PM
U.S.:  House Science Committee Wants to Investigate a Government Scientist for Doing Science
https://theintercept.com/2018/01/22/linda-birnbaum-niehs-house-science-committee/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on January 24, 2018, 05:33:58 PM
U.S.:  House Science Committee Wants to Investigate a Government Scientist for Doing Science
https://theintercept.com/2018/01/22/linda-birnbaum-niehs-house-science-committee/

From the article:-

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In 2013, then-committee Chairs Larry Bucshon and Paul Broun, expressed outrage about a 2012 article, in which she described the harms of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

“The proliferation of inadequately tested chemicals in commerce may be contributing to the skyrocketing rates of disease,” Birnbaum wrote in that paper. The idea that low doses of chemicals are causing widespread health effects was by then already widely accepted by independent scientists and has since been echoed by the United Nations Environmental Program and the European Commission.

If Trumpistan acolytes keep this up one wonders about the effect on US life expectancy?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on January 26, 2018, 11:21:51 AM
Horrible people like the Mercers of Trumpistan have got their sticky fingers in a lot of anti-science pies

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/25/american-museum-of-natural-history-rebekah-mercer

American Museum of Natural History urged to cut ties with 'anti-science propagandist' Rebekah Mercer

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The American Museum of Natural History is under pressure to sever its ties to Rebekah Mercer, one of Donald Trump’s top donors who has used her family’s fortune to fund groups that seek to undermine scientists’ work on climate change.

More than 200 scientists have put their names to a letter that urges the museum to “end ties to anti-science propagandists and funders of climate science misinformation” and axe Mercer from its board of trustees, a position she has held since 2013.

A separate missive also calling for Mercer’s dismissal has been circulated among the museum’s own curators amid growing concern that the New York institution risks having its mission subverted by Mercer.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 30, 2018, 04:02:29 AM
There is nothing to puzzle about, Trump is an s**hole of a president:

Title: "Trump's view that ice caps 'setting records' baffles scientists"

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trumps-view-that-ice-caps-setting-records-baffles-scientists/ar-BBIpjHZ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

Extract: "Scientists puzzled on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that ice caps are "setting records" when much of the world's ice from the Alps to the Andes is melting amid global warming.

Trump cast doubt on mainstream scientific findings about climate change in an interview aired on Britain's ITV channel on Sunday night, saying "there's a cooling and there's a heating".

"The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now. But now they're setting records. They're at a record level," he said."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 01, 2018, 07:32:46 PM
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Fails Another Senate Test
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APPEARING TUESDAY AT a hearing of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, Scott Pruitt faced a series of yes-or-no questions he could not — or perhaps would not — answer. Instead the EPA administrator dodged inquiries from committee Democrats with polite smiles and disquisitions on the history of various laws. ...
https://theintercept.com/2018/01/30/scott-pruitt-epa-senate-hearing/



New York to sue EPA over Obama water rule delay
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) pledged Thursday to lead a "multi-state" lawsuit against the Trump administration for delaying a major water pollution rule.

Schneiderman's statement, one day after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the two-year delay, did not specify the states that would join him.

"The Trump administration's suspension of the Clean Water Rule threatens to eliminate protections for millions of miles of streams and acres of wetlands across the country," he said in a statement.

"The Trump administration's suspension of these vital protections is reckless and illegal. That is why I will lead a multistate coalition that will sue to block this rollback in court." ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/371818-new-york-to-sue-epa-over-obama-water-rule-delay
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on February 03, 2018, 12:57:22 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42894171

At last, something it looks like Trumpistan has failed to stop (so far).

Space lasers to track Earth's ice
Grace Follow-On and IceSat-2.

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The former is the successor to the highly successful US-German gravity spacecraft that operated from 2002 to 2017. It's from the first Grace mission's observations, for example, that we know Greenland is currently losing about 280 billion tonnes of ice to the ocean every year. Grace Follow-On will work in the same way as its predecessor did, but it will also demonstrate a laser range-finder. "It's a first in space, and it allows us to do the ranging with much higher precision - a factor of 10 to 20 times better," says US space agency (Nasa) deputy project scientist Felix Landerer. "So, we go from that human hair thickness down to the scale of large viruses."

Back here on Earth, the other ice project this year also involves a laser. IceSat-2 will fire six green beams of light at the Arctic floes and land ice-sheets to measure their shape. Simple but effective: the satellite times the return of the reflected beams and converts that into a range, which in turn is converted into an elevation. The hope is IceSat-2 will be up and operating before Europe's ageing CryoSat mission dies.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 04, 2018, 02:57:31 PM
Science strikes back!

The Largest Number Of Scientists In Modern U.S. History Is Running For Office In 2018
This comes at a time when there’s only one Ph.D. scientist in Congress.
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More than 60 researchers and technologists are running for federal office in 2018 as part of a historic wave of candidates with science backgrounds launching campaigns.

At least 200 candidates with previous careers in science, technology, engineering and math announced bids for some of the nation’s roughly 7,000 state legislature seats as of Jan. 31, according to data that 314 Action, a political action committee, shared exclusively with HuffPost.

The group, which launched in 2014 to help scientists run for office, said it is talking with 500 more people and is pressing about half of them to run. An additional 200 such candidates are running for school boards.

“The sheer number is really astonishing,” 314 Action founder Shaughnessy Naughton told HuffPost. “We’ve never seen anything like this.”

This is the largest number of scientists to run for public office in modern history. If any of them win, it could dramatically multiply the number of scientists in Congress beyond Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), the lone Ph.D. scientist, a physicist.

The surge in congressional bids comes as scientists are experiencing a fierce political backlash. A year into his first term, President Donald Trump has yet to name a science adviser and has proposed dramatically slashing research budgets across federal agencies. He openly mocks the widely accepted science behind global warming and has nominated ardent climate deniers to key environmental positions. Under Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the White House has reversed regulations to reduce greenhouse gases and put new rules in place to give control of the agency’s science advisory boards to researchers paid by industries. ...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/science-candidates_us_5a74fffde4b06ee97af2ae60
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 06, 2018, 07:45:44 PM
Even Republicans questioned her expertise!

White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post
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A White House official confirms with NPR that Kathleen Hartnett White's controversial nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality is being withdrawn.

The Washington Post first reported the decision to drop Hartnett White's nomination. Citing anonymous administration officials, the Post says Harnett's nomination couldn't win enough favorable support, "with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise." ...
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/04/583069522/reports-white-house-to-withdraw-controversial-nominee-for-top-environmental-post
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 12, 2018, 02:49:21 PM
”More environmental regulations have been targeted for rollback than in any other sector.”

Trump’s EPA Chief is Reshaping Food and Farming: What You Need to Know
The legendarily anti-EPA Scott Pruitt is trying to undo the agency’s work through rollbacks, inaction, and decimating its workforce.
https://civileats.com/2018/02/05/trumps-epa-chief-is-reshaping-food-and-farming-what-you-need-to-know/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on February 15, 2018, 12:06:35 AM
At last, something it looks like Trumpistan has failed to stop (so far).

Space lasers to track Earth's ice
Grace Follow-On and IceSat-2.

Quote
The former is the successor to the highly successful US-German gravity spacecraft that operated from 2002 to 2017. It's from the first Grace mission's observations, for example, that we know Greenland is currently losing about 280 billion tonnes of ice to the ocean every year. Grace Follow-On will work in the same way as its predecessor did, but it will also demonstrate a laser range-finder. "It's a first in space, and it allows us to do the ranging with much higher precision - a factor of 10 to 20 times better," says US space agency (Nasa) deputy project scientist Felix Landerer. "So, we go from that human hair thickness down to the scale of large viruses."

With luck the GRACE Follow-On satellites go up next month. Maybe new data starting late this year?
I had a look at the data from the last mission that lasted until the beginning of 2017. Didn't Trump say the ice-caps were growing?

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 07, 2018, 05:25:57 PM
GOP Pushes 80 Anti-Environment Riders, Dark Money Rule Changes in Spending Bill
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Congressional Republicans are planning a two-fisted assault on climate and other environmental policies as they push a must-pass spending package for the current fiscal year, which is already half over.

In a perennial ritual on Capitol Hill, they have laden the legislation with anti-environment riders. At the same time, they are pushing provisions this year that could turn on the spigots for a new flow of dark money into elections, according to a coalition of public interest groups and Democratic lawmakers.
...
More than 80 anti-environmental-policy riders are included in either the House-passed version of the new appropriations bill or in the Senate drafts this year, said Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice. They include 12 riders to block enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, including protection of the Sage Grouse, whose numbers are dwindling across 11 western states, where habitat protection interferes with mining and oil and gas activities.

One rider would prohibit implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's stringent ozone standard—a rule that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has repeatedly sought to delay.

Congressional Republicans are also seeking to include provisions that would make it more difficult in the future to tighten air quality standards for ozone, more commonly known as smog. Ozone, a product of fossil fuel pollution, is one of the most thoroughly studied pollutants; the Obama administration's assessment of the science cited 2,300 studies that establish the threat it poses to health ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01032018/spending-bill-riders-environment-climate-dark-money-campaign-finance-political-donations
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 10, 2018, 03:53:36 PM
“Red team, blue team” debate nixed.

The E.P.A Chief Wanted a Climate Science Debate. Trump’s Chief of Staff Stopped Him.
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John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has killed an effort by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to stage public debates challenging climate change science, according to three people familiar with the deliberations, thwarting a plan that had intrigued President Trump even as it set off alarm bells among his top advisers.

The idea of publicly critiquing climate change on the national stage has been a notable theme for Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the E.P.A. For nearly a year he has championed the notion of holding military-style exercises known as red team, blue team debates, possibly to be broadcast live, to question the validity of climate change.

Mr. Pruitt has spoken personally with Mr. Trump about the idea, and the president expressed enthusiasm for it, according to people familiar with the conversations.

But the plan encountered widespread resistance within the administration from Mr. Kelly and other top officials, who regarded it as ill-conceived and politically risky, and when Mr. Pruitt sought to announce it last fall, they weighed in to stop him. At a mid-December meeting set up by Mr. Kelly’s deputy, Rick Dearborn, to discuss the plan, Mr. Dearborn made it clear that his boss considered the idea “dead,” and not to be discussed further, according to people familiar with the meeting. ...
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/climate/pruitt-red-team-climate-debate-kelly.html
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Archimid on March 10, 2018, 04:59:17 PM
I don't believe it was nixed because of that. It was nixed because it was a spectacle. They couldn't find scientist with enough clout to win. The only way their color could have won has by doing a televised debate with the substance of Presidential debates.

The whole Kelly thing is the "enemy of my enemy" ruse they want to make us believe.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 13, 2018, 05:11:41 PM
“That feeling when the president finds someone even worse than the former CEO of Exxon to serve as your country's chief diplomat.

Good chance that Pompeo will seek to flat-out destroy global action on climate change.”
    https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/973591063989538816


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Mike Pompeo may be the first climate-denying secretary of state. Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, was well-known for clashing with President Donald Trump on the issue of climate change. Unlike Trump, who claims global warming is a “hoax,” Tillerson accepted climate science and advocated for remaining in the Paris climate agreement. Trump defied Tillerson, announcing in June that the U.S. would withdraw from the accord.

Trump’s new choice for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, is more likeminded on the issue. During his confirmation hearing last year, Pompeo refused to answer questions regarding climate change. “Frankly, as the director of CIA, I would prefer today not to get into the details of the climate debate and science,” he said. But as ThinkProgress reported last year, Pompeo’s past statements indicate unfounded skepticism of the science....
https://newrepublic.com/minutes/147439/mike-pompeo-may-first-climate-denying-secretary-state
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on March 24, 2018, 03:22:45 PM
Some good news and some news not as bad as it could be. It seems in the rush to approve the 2018 Budget the 1.3 trillion has got some good stuff for science. Anybody told Trumpo yet?

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/u-s-science-agencies-set-to-win-big-in-budget-deal/

This is worth doing a Buddy on font size:
U.S. Science Agencies Set to Win Big in Budget Deal
Congress is preparing to vote on legislation that includes historic $37 billion for the NIH

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Nearly all U.S. science agencies would see their budgets grow in 2018, under a US$1.3-trillion spending deal announced on 21 March. For the second year in a row, lawmakers in Congress appear set to ignore the steep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.

The legislation would boost funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to a historic high of $37 billion, $3 billion over the 2017 level. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $7.8 billion, $295 million more than it received last year. And NASA’s budget would rise to $20.1 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion.

One notable outlier to the overall trend: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Congress has proposed holding the agency’s funding at $8.1 billion, even with the 2017 level. But that may be a victory of sorts, given Trump has proposed slashing EPA funding by more than 30% in 2018, to $5.7 billion.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 26, 2018, 09:59:39 PM
States threaten to sue Trump EPA for delay in enforcing landfill pollution rule
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Seven Democratic states on Friday threatened to sue the Trump administration for its delay in enforcing an Obama administration rule on air pollution from landfills.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was supposed to, by Nov. 30, approve state plans to comply with the 2016 landfill methane rule or impose federal compliance plans on states that do not comply.

But the agency did not complete that step of the process, which the states say is a violation of the EPA’s responsibilities under the Clean Air Act.

“Climate change is the most important global environmental issue of our time. We must act to address it now for the sake of our children,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), who is leading the effort, said in a statement.

“EPA Administrator [Scott] Pruitt has a legal responsibility to enforce this critical landfill methane regulation. If he fails to do his job, our coalition is ready to go to court.” ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/380008-states-threaten-to-sue-trump-epa-for-delay-in-enforcing-landfill
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 30, 2018, 10:35:37 PM
Greens launch campaign to get Pruitt fired
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A coalition of environmental groups is teaming up for a multi-pronged campaign to try to get Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt fired or to resign.

The groups, including the Sierra Club, Green For All and Center for American Progress Action, are dubbing its campaign “Boot Pruitt.”

Its components, launching Wednesday, include commercials on cable shows targeted directly at President Trump, digital advertisements targeted on users in Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma, web-based petitions, grass-roots advocacy and a dedicated website, BootPruitt.com. ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/380551-greens-launch-campaign-to-get-pruitt-fired
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 01, 2018, 09:33:47 PM
Trump wanted to slash funding for clean energy. Congress ignored him.
The omnibus spending bill contains funding increases for clean energy research.
https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/energy-and-environment/2018/3/22/17151352/omnibus-energy-environment-trump
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: bluesky on April 22, 2018, 12:20:15 AM
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/trump-s-epa-wants-stamp-out-secret-science-internal-emails-show-it-harder-expected

"This idea to restrict the use of science at EPA was hatched solely and worked on almost exclusively by political appointees who are doing everything they can to ensure that independent science doesn't get in the way of policy decisions at the agency. It's an effort to stack the deck in favor of industry that EPA is supposed to regulate."
Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists

"Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator of EPA's chemicals office, raised pointed concerns about what a secret science policy would mean for both pesticide registration and for chemical companies and regulating chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
In an email sent on Jan. 31, Beck warned Yamada; Erik Baptist, EPA's senior deputy general counsel; and Justin Schwab, deputy general counsel, that requiring underlying data to be public would affect pesticide registrations and TSCA implementation."

"Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, noted that EPA staff and members of Congress had previously objected to Smith's "Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act" — the basis for the potential EPA policy — for the data collection burden it would put on researchers, who would have to go back and identify which data could be made public.
Critics also warned at the time that the impact would be to significantly reduce the number of studies that could be used to develop regulations, and many suspected this was the real purpose of the bill."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: bluesky on April 22, 2018, 12:27:53 AM
Trump administration takes first steps toward drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/trump-administration-takes-first-steps-toward-drilling-alaska-s-arctic-refuge


"By putting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the hands of former oil industry lobbyist David Bernhardt, Secretary Zinke has made clear that this rushed environmental review process will be nothing more than a kangaroo court," Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.
Environmental groups told the Trump administration to brace for a legal battle.
"The Trump administration's reckless dash to expedite drilling and destroy the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will only hasten a trip to the courthouse," Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. "We will not stand by and watch them desecrate this fragile landscape."
Lawmakers responded largely along party lines.
"We welcome this scoping announcement and the Department’s continued work to implement our legislation opening the Coastal Plain to responsible energy development," Alaska's congressional delegation, all Republicans, said in a joint statement. "We appreciate the Department following the law, planning multiple public meetings with Alaskans, and moving forward on this important program to help ensure the energy and economic security of our nation."
House Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and eight Democratic colleagues today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke objecting to the "needless haste" toward leasing in ANWR.
"This administration's naked greed and corporate favoritism have become an ongoing self-parody," Grijalva said in a statement. "This is the kind of rushed policy that gets made during a backroom deal, not a careful assessment of public opinion and scientific data. President Trump and Secretary Zinke count drilling in the Arctic Refuge as a win because it upsets Americans they don't like, not because it will have any public benefit."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: gerontocrat on April 23, 2018, 02:36:33 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/apr/23/pruitt-promised-polluters-epa-will-value-their-profits-over-american-lives

TIME magazine announced last week that Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is among their 100 most influential people of 2018. George W. Bush’s former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman delivered the scathing explanation:

If his actions continue in the same direction, during Pruitt’s term at the EPA the environment will be threatened instead of protected, and human health endangered instead of preserved, all with no long-term benefit to the economy.

As a perfect example of those actions, the Daily Caller recently reported that at a gathering at the fossil fuel-funded Heritage Institute, Pruitt announced that the EPA and federal government will soon end two important science-based practices in evaluating the costs and benefits of regulations........

.........Environmental groups are ready to take Pruitt to court
Pruitt hasn’t yet made good on these promises to the polluting industries, but if he does, environmental groups are confident they can beat him in court. David Doniger, senior strategic director of the National Resource Defense Council’s climate & clean energy program told me:

If Pruitt finalizes the Clean Power Plan repeal or any other rule by revising consideration of co-benefits in this way, or dropping them entirely, you can be 100% sure that we and others will sue, probably in D.C. Circuit challenges to his actions. We are confident the courts will hold this reversal of practice arbitrary and capricious. The only sound way to assess the benefits of a rule, and to weigh them against costs when that is allowed, is to assess all the benefits that can be reasonably expected to come from the action.

It’s worth remembering that “The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.” The mission of the Pruitt EPA seems to be maximizing polluting industry profits at the expense of human health and the environment.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on April 29, 2018, 11:00:22 AM
I find it disturbing that Jim Bridenstine (who is cut from the same cloth as James Inhofe & Scott Pruitt) has just been confirmed as NASA's Administrator:

Title: "The Boys from Tulsa/Weekend Reader for Sunday, April 29"

http://www.dailyclimate.org/the-boys-from-tulsa-weekend-reader-for-sunday-april-29-2564190102.html

Extract: "A trio of regulation-hatin', climate-denyin' desperadoes from Tulsa are taking Washington by storm."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: AbruptSLR on May 11, 2018, 07:52:16 PM
Sad!

Title: "Climate Science-Denying Trump Regime Silently Killed NASA Carbon Monitoring System"

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/climate-science-denying-trump-regime-silently-killed-nasa-carbon-monitoring-system
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: TerryM on May 11, 2018, 11:02:18 PM
With those pesky snoops at NASA out of the way, what do you bet that Trump's America now does better than all those nations still tied to their stupid Paris Pledges. :(


Making America Green Again!

Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
Post by: magnamentis on May 12, 2018, 11:01:44 PM
With those pesky snoops at NASA out of the way, what do you bet that Trump's America now does better than all those nations still tied to their stupid Paris Pledges. :(

Making America Green Again!
Terry

sometimes i'd like to be a wizzard: POOF > GONE for good ;) (donald the duck i mean or is that too much of a compliment, at least donald duck was a nice and friendly guy ;) )
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Susan Anderson on May 24, 2018, 08:36:48 PM
A NASA climate program in limbo

[caption, image removed: A NASA spokesman said the agency’s Carbon Monitoring System — only a small part of an array of earth science programs like the Grace-FO satellites that launched Tuesday — needs to be explicitly appropriated for in Congressional budgets.]

John Schwartz, the author, is one of the best.

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The Trump administration appears to be trying to kill off a program that you may have never heard of, in what critics say is a sign of the administration’s hostility toward climate science.

At $10 million per year, the Carbon Monitoring System is dwarfed by the multibillion-dollar NASA missions that launch satellites into space. It pays for research that gathers information from Earth-observing satellites and other tools to measure the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, oceans and forests around the world.

“If you wanted to mitigate climate change, and therefore wanted to manage carbon, you can’t do it unless you can measure it,” said George Hurtt, a researcher at the University of Maryland who was the science team leader for the program.

Philip B. Duffy, the president and executive director of the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, said canceling the program would be “a blow to climate science.” The 65 projects funded by the program have produced nearly 300 research papers since 2010, when Congress created it.

The move comes down to politics, said Eddie Bernice Johnson, Democrat of Texas, who serves as ranking member of the House science committee. “I think it’s obvious to anyone that has been paying attention that this program is being canceled because it tracks carbon pollution, and that information would be used in efforts to understand and respond to climate change,” she said.

The program’s uncertain future was first reported in the journal Science.

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget called for the program’s end, but Congress provided adequate funding in its omnibus spending bill. That funding would usually mean that the program would continue, but NASA appears to have interpreted things differently.

Stephen E. Cole, an agency spokesman, said Congress needed to provide explicit language to keep the program in place. Mr. Cole added that the Carbon Monitoring System was only one small part of a well-funded array of earth science programs at the agency, including the twin Grace-FO satellites that the agency launched on Tuesday to monitor how water moves around the earth. “There is still a whole lot going on,” he said.

The program may yet survive. This month Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida and ranking member of the Senate committee on commerce, science and transportation, wrote a letter to two committee chairmen demanding that funding be restored. Expressing “deep concern,” he called the program “a relatively small investment that gives researchers the tools to analyze data and observations from across NASA’s Earth science missions.”

Last week the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that would restore funding to the program. If a similar measure passes the Senate, the Carbon Monitoring System could be saved.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: 6roucho on July 06, 2018, 06:43:31 PM
After several months of the torch of public attention, Scott Pruitt has finally melted. Global slime levels rose perceptibly. Good riddance.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Susan Anderson on July 07, 2018, 12:50:06 AM
After several months of the torch of public attention, Scott Pruitt has finally melted. Global slime levels rose perceptibly. Good riddance.

His replacement, Wheeler, is worse. Same ideology, lobbyist for coal, buddy with Inhofe, much more presentable, won't tick all the boxes for corruption. Like Pence, he will do more harm than the original.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: 6roucho on July 09, 2018, 05:46:34 AM
After several months of the torch of public attention, Scott Pruitt has finally melted. Global slime levels rose perceptibly. Good riddance.

His replacement, Wheeler, is worse. Same ideology, lobbyist for coal, buddy with Inhofe, much more presentable, won't tick all the boxes for corruption. Like Pence, he will do more harm than the original.

It’s like the sea. We need a sea change, where science becomes important to leaders again.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on August 12, 2018, 08:22:04 PM
Neither stakes through the heart nor a fusillade of silver bullets can do for the Heartland Institute now their "new best friend" is El Presidente, USA.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange/at-america-first-energy-conference-solar-power-is-dumb-climate-change-is-fake-idUSKBN1KU1Y1

At 'America First Energy Conference',
solar power is dumb, climate change is fake


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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply “dumb”.

These are among the messages that flowed from the America First Energy Conference in New Orleans this week, hosted by some of the country’s most vocal climate change doubters - and attended by a handful of Trump administration officials.

The second annual conference, organized by the conservative thinktank the Heartland Institute, pulled together speakers from JunkScience, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, and the Center For Industrial Progress, along with officials from the U.S. Department of Interior and the White House for panels that included: “Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas,” “Fiduciary Malpractice: The Sustainable Investment Movement,” and “Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating A Climate Crisis.”

The U.S. officials who joined included White House Special Assistant Brooke Rollins, Interior Department Assistant Secretary Joe Balash, and Jason Funes, an assistant in the office of external affairs at Interior. They praised the administration’s moves to clear the way for oil industry activity, and steered clear of commenting on climate change.

But their presence gave climate change doubters at the conference a boost: “It’s a step in the right direction,” said self-described climate change doubter Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama, referring to the U.S. officials in attendance.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: AbruptSLR on August 16, 2018, 06:27:15 PM
Needless to say, the Trump Administration continues to deny the scientific consensus regarding mankind's role in causing climate change:

Title: "Ryan Zinke says human role in climate change is unknown"

https://www.axios.com/ryan-zinke-inaccurately-summarizes-climate-science-4eccdd95-9c8b-44b7-9caf-2c0e19effdc3.html

Extract: "During an appearance on Fox Business on Thursday morning, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke broke sharply with the scientific consensus regarding mankind's role in climate change."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on August 18, 2018, 08:07:14 PM
Ryan Zinke is doing a lot of damage one way or another.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/17/interior-secretarys-school-friend-crippling-climate-research-scientists-say
US interior secretary's school friend blocking climate research, scientists say
Trump administration forces some scientific funding to be reviewed by adviser who was high-school football teammate of Ryan Zinke

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Prominent US climate scientists have told the Guardian that the Trump administration is holding up research funding as their projects undergo an unprecedented political review by the high-school football teammate of the US interior secretary.

The US interior department administers over $5.5bn in funding to external organizations, mostly for research, conservation and land acquisition. At the beginning of 2018, interior secretary Ryan Zinke instated a new requirement that scientific funding above $50,000 must undergo an additional review to ensure expenditures “better align with the administration’s priorities”.

Zinke has signaled that climate change is not one of those priorities: this week, he told Breitbart News that “environmental terrorist groups” were responsible for the ongoing wildfires in northern California and, ignoring scientific research on the issue, dismissed the role of climate change.

Steve Howke, one of Zinke’s high-school football teammates, oversees this review. Howke’s highest degree is a bachelor’s in business administration. Until Zinke appointed him as an interior department senior adviser to the acting assistant secretary of policy, management and budget, Howke had spent his entire career working in credit unions.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: pileus on August 20, 2018, 02:15:41 AM
Congrats to those who thought this was the least destructive binary choice in 2016.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-trump-power-plant-plan-would-release-hundreds-of-millions-of-tons-of-co2-into-the-air/2018/08/18/be823078-a28e-11e8-83d2-70203b8d7b44_story.html?utm_term=.21d465d95d27

New Trump power plant plan would release hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 into the air
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on August 20, 2018, 01:49:47 PM
Congrats to those who thought this was the least destructive binary choice in 2016.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-trump-power-plant-plan-would-release-hundreds-of-millions-of-tons-of-co2-into-the-air/2018/08/18/be823078-a28e-11e8-83d2-70203b8d7b44_story.html?utm_term=.21d465d95d27

New Trump power plant plan would release hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 into the air

Bunch of wimps in the EPA. Why not go all the way - regulate maximum vehicle efficiency, e.g. prohibit the manufacture or sale of personal vehicles that are rated at above 15 miles per US gallon.

Hoo ah! Bring it on !
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: SteveMDFP on August 20, 2018, 06:13:23 PM

Bunch of wimps in the EPA. Why not go all the way - regulate maximum vehicle efficiency, e.g. prohibit the manufacture or sale of personal vehicles that are rated at above 15 miles per US gallon.

Shhh!!!!!  Don't give them any ideas.  With this administration, they might just take you up on this proposal.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Rob Dekker on September 15, 2018, 05:21:28 AM
Fed-up with Trump cutting federal funding for scientific climate research and earth observing satellite programs, Governor Brown of California announced its own program :

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The governor’s Global Climate Action Summit — and the Trump administration’s reluctance to pursue robust climate research – opened the door wide open for the governor to pull the satellite vision out of the archives.

“With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite,” Brown said in prepared remarks.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-global-climate-summit-live-updates-we-re-launching-our-own-damn-satellite-1536957076-htmlstory.html

Hat tip to Juan García at the Cafe.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on October 12, 2018, 08:59:27 PM
EPA Search for Pruitt-Cited Climate Studies Comes Up Dry (https://m.govexec.com/management/2018/10/epa-search-pruitt-cited-climate-studies-comes-dry/151956/)

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Nineteen months after it received a nonprofit’s Freedom of Information Act request, the Environmental Protection Agency has responded with a small batch of documents that seem to undercut former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s hint of internal agency studies concluding that scientists are undecided about the human impact on climate change.

Documents posted on Thursday by the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility show that the agency conducted a:
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multi-month search for any evidence contradicting the proposition that human activity is the primary driver of climate change and now admits that it has found virtually nothing of substance,”
as summarized by the nonprofit’s attorney.
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... “Of the 1,037 Outlook records that EPA reviewed 11 were responsive to PEER's request, as clarified. All 11 records were different versions of the same document. The document included EPA's responses to multiple Questions for the Record that EPA received from members of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works following Administrator Pruitt's testimony in front of the Committee on January 30, 2018. Today, EPA is releasing the final version of that document that was sent to Congress."
The result, PEER noted, is a single noteworthy official document, which was not scientific research but correspondence with a Senate panel.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: pileus on October 16, 2018, 02:34:43 AM
This is one of Trump’s vocal cheerleaders, sharing his thoughts on the cryosphere.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: DrTskoul on October 16, 2018, 04:51:48 AM
This is one of Trump’s vocal cheerleaders, sharing his thoughts on the cryosphere.

Doh! The stupid, it burns ...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on October 16, 2018, 10:38:08 AM
This is one of Trump’s vocal cheerleaders, sharing his thoughts on the cryosphere.

Doh! The stupid, it burns ...

A Eureka moment for Bill Mitchell!

Did Archimedes some 2250+ years ago have problems explaining the science of buoyancy to the Greek politicians?

Bill Mitchell has a BA in Political Science. Science? - who's kidding who.

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: magnamentis on October 16, 2018, 09:01:05 PM
This is one of Trump’s vocal cheerleaders, sharing his thoughts on the cryosphere.

sigh.... like "belgium ‘a beautiful city"  ::)  :'(

and then no-one who is serious would ever say that sea-ice is responsible for sea-level-rise but land-ice is, hence even without the error it's meant/intended to be a deceptive post, that's the way they abuse social media day by day.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on October 19, 2018, 05:03:56 PM
Silencing Science Tracker (http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/resources/silencing-science-tracker/)

Trump EPA Disbands Science Panel On Air Pollution (http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2018/10/trump-epa-disbands-science-panel-on-air.html)

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11 October 2018 (Silencing Science Tracker (http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/resources/silencing-science-tracker/)) – On 11 October 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disbanded the particulate matter (PM) review panel.

In the past, the panel has provided advice to EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), which is responsible for reviewing the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for criteria pollutants.

Under the Clean Air Act, CASAC is required to periodically review the NAAQS, and recommend appropriate changes thereto to protect public health. When reviewing the NAAQS for PM, CASAC has historically relied on advice from the PM review panel, which is comprised of two dozen university researchers and others with special expertise on the health effects of PM. The panel will not, however, have a role in CASAC’s next review.
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On 11 October 2018, EPA sent an email to panel members, informing them that “the CASAC PM Review Panel will no longer be involved with the Agency’s PM NAAQS Review and your service on the panel has concluded.”

EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor to be Closed (http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/silencing-science-tracker/epas-office-of-the-science-advisor-to-be-closed/)

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On September 27, 2018, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to close its Office of the Science Advisor. The office, which was established in the mid-1990s, provides scientific advice to the EPA Administrator. According to its website, the office also leads “science policy development and implementation” at EPA, with the goal of “ensur[ing] that the highest quality science is better integrated into the Agency’s policies and decisions.”

The Office of Science Advisor is currently led by Dr. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, who serves as EPA’s Science Advisor, and chairs the Agency’s Science and Technology Policy Council. Dr. Orme-Zavaleta has worked at EPA for 37 years and is described on its website as an expert in “the evaluation of risks to human health” from “synthetic organic and inorganic chemicals, radionuclides, microorganisms, and vector-borne disease.” It is unclear whether Dr. Orme-Zavaleta will remain at EPA after the Office of Science Advisor is closed.

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Stop Teenagers' Climate Lawsuit (https://phys.org/news/2018-10-trump-administration-supreme-court-teenagers.html)

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President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court stop a novel and sweeping lawsuit pressed by children and teenagers seeking to force the federal government to take steps against climate change

Thursday's emergency filing aims to head off a trial that's set to start Oct. 29 in federal court in Oregon. It's the administration's second attempt to have the nation's highest court intervene in the case.

Although the Supreme Court rejected the first request in July as premature, the justices hinted at skepticism about the lawsuit, saying its breadth was "striking." Since that order was issued, the Senate has confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to succeed the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump's EPA Moving to Loosen Radiation Limits (https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2018-10-02/apnewsbreak-epa-says-a-little-radiation-may-be-healthy)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.

The government's current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is a cancer risk. And critics say the proposed change could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, people living next to Superfund sites and any members of the public who one day might find themselves exposed to a radiation release.

EPA 'Expert': A Little Bit of Radiation Is Good for You - Like a Little Bit of Sunshine (https://www.thedailybeast.com/epa-a-little-bit-of-radiation-might-be-good-for-you)

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(https://i1.wp.com/thearmchairobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/a553746f-fe4d-418f-85c9-01dfdfa126cc_screenshot-620x246.jpg) (https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/a553746f-fe4d-418f-85c9-01dfdfa126cc)
What's a little fallout, huh? Have a nice day!

The Environmental Protection Agency has recruited controversial scientists to argue that just a little bit of radiation may actually be good for public health, in an attempt to relax standards on radiation levels that the administration considers burdensome.

The Associated Press reports that at a congressional hearing Wednesday to discuss the proposed rollback of standards, the EPA’s lead witness will be University of Massachusetts toxicologist Edward Calabrese (https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/is-petition-for-increasing-public-exposure-to-radiation-a-usnrc-inside-job-retired-nrc-counsel-carol-marcus-wrote-another-petition-at-the-request-of-nrc-staff/), who believes that increased exposure to small amounts of radiation “would have a positive effect on human health as well as save billions and billions and billions of dollars.”
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100 mSv is 100 x more public exposure than the 1 mSv recommended internationally by the ICRP and 400 x more than the 0.25 mSv recommended by the US EPA.
Calabrese argues that radiation can act as a stressor, which will activate the body’s repair mechanisms. But other scientists have refuted the EPA’s argument, noting that Calabrese’s reasoning has been “generally dismissed by the great bulk of scientists.”

The proposal has also concerned advocates for worker safety, who fear that relaxing standards will jeopardize the health of nuclear-plant workers, X-ray technicians, and anyone else unlucky enough to come into contact with radiation. “There’s no reason not to protect people as much as possible,” said the wife of a man who works at a nuclear-weapons plant.
Edward Calabrese - Cato Institute Profile (https://www.cato.org/people/edward-calabrese)  - Funded by the Cato Institute & DoD
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 11, 2018, 09:11:08 PM
Democrats won the majority of the House in the mid-term elections last Tuesday, which means they will take over the leadership of House committees.  Scientists and climate-change believers are coming on board!

House Dems plan to bring back committee on climate change
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Democrats are reportedly planning to revive a House committee on climate change after winning back control of the House.

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was dissolved by Republicans in 2011 after the GOP took control, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will ask Democrats to reconstitute it, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The special committee, which was started by Pelosi, was not authorized to advance legislation, but the panel held hearings to address concerns about climate change, extreme weather events and global warming.
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/415723-house-dems-plan-to-bring-back-committee-on-climate-change

All eyes on top Democrat to bring science back to science committee
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Environmentalists are hoping that Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) will bring science back to the House science committee when she takes over as chair in the next Congress.

Johnson, if elected chair, will be the first woman with a degree in a STEM field to hold the position since 1990. She was the first registered nurse elected to Congress when she won her first term in 1993, and she’s served as ranking member on House Science, Space and Technology Committee since 2011.

The Democrat will represent a significant shift from the previous chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas).

Smith introduced controversial bills including the Secret Science Reform Act and worked in tandem with the Trump administration to introduce heavily criticized policies on science transparency to the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department.
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/415589-all-eyes-on-top-democrat-to-bring-science-back-to-science-committee

Congress gains an influx of scientists as GOP science committee head leaves
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/10/congress-gains-scientists-lawmakers-midterm-elections
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Pmt111500 on November 12, 2018, 03:29:43 AM
Trumpistan science committee reports:"it looks like we cannot anymore be sure of anything, a disruptive force is entering the science committee. This force believes in, as they call it, probabilistic sciences (cussem), like weather and drifts, can you beleive it? Thus we can't guarantee only steady reports of absolute stability, immobility, perfect vacuums, absolute zeros and prime movers. The development of The Universal Medicine may be hampered, as well as building a way (so called stairway) to the gods realm (sky, heaven). Proper science-people out there in Trumpistan, these are trying times, keep on praying they see the truth."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Pmt111500 on November 20, 2018, 06:47:39 AM
Industry infiltration to environmental regulations body, destruction of biodiversity and the plan to poison US citizens continues: https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/11/16/trump-plans-nominate-andrew-wheeler-former-coal-lobbyist-permanent-epa-chief/?utm_term=.9951894efc08
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on November 22, 2018, 06:18:59 AM
Buried? Feds To Release Major Climate Report Day After Thanksgiving
https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/2080298002

(https://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2017/11/03/USATODAY/USATODAY/636453247235817470-11-0317-GlobalWarming.png)

The federal government will release a major climate change report – Volume II of the National Climate Assessment – on Black Friday, typically one of the slowest news days of the year.

Volume II is expected to detail a range of current and future climate change impacts and again warn that the Earth is warming, humans are the cause, and the already serious impacts – such as the current California wildfires – are only going to get worse, Climate Central said.

It's unclear why the date was moved up. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the Friday afternoon release on Wednesday -- the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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... “It’s an absolute disgrace to bury the truth about climate impacts in a year that saw hundreds of Americans die during devastating climate-fueled megafires, hurricanes, floods, and algal blooms"  ...

... President Donald Trump, a repeated skeptic of climate change, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to again express his doubts, using the especially cold Thanksgiving [weather] forecast as an example.

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"Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?" the president tweeted.

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... Meteorologist Angela Fritz with the Capital Weather Gang asked: "Is there any way it could be buried more? How about New Years Eve at 9 pm, guys?" 

NOAA research meteorologist Harold Brooks also chimed in, tweeting, "Other than Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve, could there be a worse day of the year to release it?"


Another possible reason for releasing a report about global warming this Friday could be because the weather will be near-record cold in the heavily populated and media-saturated northeastern U.S.

Even after the Black Friday release was announced, the report's website said the "expected final publication" for the report is "December 2018."

The previous assessment, in 2014, was released by President Barack Obama with a huge rollout at the White House


White House pool reporters showed Trump arriving to his nearby exclusive golf club Wednesday morning just down the road from Mar-a-Lago, Trump International Golf Club, where he’ll be presumably hitting the links for a round of golf in South Florida’s 75-degree weather. The president did not have any public events scheduled for Thanksgiving day.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Pmt111500 on November 22, 2018, 09:00:04 AM
Re:vox_mundi , oh, the conspiracy theories this change in publication date might induce!
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on November 23, 2018, 11:46:22 PM
This is what he wanted to hide ...
https://nca2018.globalchange.gov

Climate Change Will Shrink US Economy and Kill Thousands, Government Report Warns
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/11/23/health/climate-change-report-bn/index.html

A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.

The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping

Coming from the US Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, the Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol II (https://nca2018.globalchange.gov) was put together with the help of 1,000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half from outside the government.

The report's findings run counter to President Donald Trump's consistent message that climate change is a hoax. 
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... The costs of climate change could reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually, according to the report. The Southeast alone will probably lose over a half a billion labor hours by 2100 due to extreme heat.

Farmers will face extremely tough times. The quality and quantity of their crops will decline across the country due to higher temperatures, drought and flooding. In parts of the Midwest, farms will be able to produce less than 75% of the corn they produce today, and the southern part of the region could lose more than 25% of its soybean yield.

...Wildfire seasons -- already longer and more destructive than before -- could burn up to six times more forest area annually by 2050 in parts of the United States. Burned areas in Southwestern California alone could double by 2050.

 Along the US coasts, public infrastructure and $1 trillion in national wealth held in real estate are threatened by rising sea levels, flooding and storm surges.

Energy systems will be taxed, meaning more blackouts and power failures, and the potential loss in some sectors could reach hundreds of billions of dollars per year by the end of the century, the report said.

The number of days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will multiply; Chicago, where these days are rare, could start to resemble Phoenix or Las Vegas, with up to two months worth of these scorching-hot days.

By midcentury, it's likely that the Arctic will lose all sea ice in late summer, and that could lead to more permafrost thaw, according to the report. As the permafrost thaws, more carbon dioxide and methane would be released, amplifying human-induced warming, "possibly significantly."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: dnem on November 24, 2018, 03:30:34 PM
This is what he wanted to hide ...
https://nca2018.globalchange.gov

A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.

What an absolute joke! "Worst-case scenario"????? The worst-case scenario is total systemic collapse and mass casualties and mass migration.  And it is not an unlikely scenario without dramatic, unprecedented changes in almost everything we do.  This sort of soft-selling our existential dilemma is criminal.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Shared Humanity on November 24, 2018, 04:22:55 PM
This is what he wanted to hide ...
https://nca2018.globalchange.gov

A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.

What an absolute joke! "Worst-case scenario"????? The worst-case scenario is total systemic collapse and mass casualties and mass migration.  And it is not an unlikely scenario without dramatic, unprecedented changes in almost everything we do.  This sort of soft-selling our existential dilemma is criminal.

yes
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on December 05, 2018, 06:23:04 PM
Trump to Lift Carbon-Capture Mandate for New Coal Plants
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-trump-carbon-capture-mandate-coal-source.html

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The Trump administration will propose scrapping an Obama-era mandate that new coal-fired power plants use carbon-capture technology, removing a major barrier to constructing the facilities, according to a person familiar with the plans

The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to unveil the measure on Thursday, during an event at its headquarters in Washington

The EPA is set to assert that the requirement for carbon capture and storage technology fell short of a legal standard that it be "adequately demonstrated," mirroring an objection raised by power companies, coal miner Murray Energy Corp. and industry associations that have challenged the mandate in federal court.

The proposed replacement would raise allowable carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified coal power plants.

The move dovetails with the EPA's separate effort to dramatically weaken an Obama administration regulation limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to bring back coal jobs and lift regulations he said were throttling the U.S. economy.

Yet the effort is unlikely to bring about a coal power renaissance in the U.S., as utilities increasingly shift to cheap, cleaner burning natural gas and zero-emission renewables. Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states—nearly 40 percent of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

(https://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-10-02-1475447158-314648-EPAandParis-thumb.jpg)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 29, 2018, 07:42:20 PM
EPA staff morale hits rock bottom as Trump’s anti-science agenda takes hold
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Employee morale at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not improved since the departure of former administrator Scott Pruitt in July and, in fact, is worsening as President Donald Trump’s political appointees grow more entrenched inside the agency, EPA employees tell ThinkProgress.

In the first year of the Trump administration, rumors swirled about massive employee layoffs and the possible closure of regional offices. President Donald Trump’s dismissive attitude toward the use of science in developing rules and regulations contributed to fears among career employees about the agency veering away from its core mission.

...

Contributing to the anxiety are concerns about the EPA’s implementation of a major reorganization plan. Career employees are worried the changes will lead to their transfers into new divisions. At the agency-wide level, they are concerned it will allow political appointees in Washington to exert tighter control over their work.

The employees are also stressed about their own job security after seeing so many of their colleagues leave since Trump took office. Furthermore, the Trump administration’s constant attacks on the value of science for fighting climate change and pollution have contributed to the rock-bottom morale. ...
https://thinkprogress.org/epa-employee-morale-trump-pruitt-wheeler-ff197297efd0/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Pmt111500 on January 11, 2019, 08:41:39 AM
Current partial shutdown of governent offices is because of senate republicans, particularly by Mitch McConnell who wants to keep 800000 government workers without pay. This has unfortunately lead to decrease of available data sources here too.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on January 16, 2019, 12:15:48 PM
EPA at a 30-Year Low for Referring Pollution Cases for Criminal Prosecution
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/epa-at-a-30-year-low-for-referring-pollution-cases-for-criminal-prosecution/

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Polluters likely had a good year in 2018. According to numbers from advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the number of criminal pollution cases that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) referred to the Department of Justice for potential prosecution was lower in 2018 than it had been in 30 year

That's probably not because industry in America is becoming more environmentally conscious. PEER suggests the reason for the low number of referrals is that the EPA is only employing between 130 and 140 special agents in the agency's Criminal Investigation Division, less than the minimum 200 agents specified by the US Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. The EPA only referred 166 cases to the Justice Department in 2018. According to numbers from the Associated Press, referrals peaked in 1998, with 592 cases referred for prosecution. Throughout the George W. Bush presidency, referrals ranged somewhere between 300 and 450. Referrals dipped during the Obama presidency to a range between 200 and just over 400. Referrals have been on a downward trend since 2012.

Convictions on pollution-related grounds were also at a record low. Only 62 polluters were convicted in 2018, the lowest since 1992. Convictions numbers tend to follow referrals numbers.


On Tuesday, The Hill reported that the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was also looking into low enforcement numbers at the EPA, specifically concerning abnormally low settlements made with polluters in 2017. In 2017, the EPA only collected $1.6 billion in penalties, down from $5.7 billion the prior year. 
Thank You Mr. Coal Industry Lobbyist ...
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/01/15/opinions/andrew-wheeler-bad-choice-epa-kimmell/index.html

Best Government Money Can Buy: Koch Brothers
https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Koch_Brothers

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/17/who-is-behind-the-trump-war-on-fuel-economy-standards-the-new-york-times-says-it-knows/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: kassy on January 19, 2019, 05:12:48 PM
Shutdown imperils NASA’s decadelong ice-measuring campaign

IceBridge, a decadelong NASA aerial campaign meant to secure a seamless record of ice loss, has had to sacrifice at least half of what was supposed to be its final spring deployment, its scientists say. The shortened mission threatens a crucial plan to collect overlapping data with a new ice-monitoring satellite called the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)-2.

This year’s 8-week Arctic campaign was set to start 4 March from Thule Air Base in Greenland. But the shutdown has delayed maintenance and outfitting of the aircraft NASA uses—a low-flying P-3 Orion—forcing a later start date.

Researchers are crestfallen. The measurements are among IceBridge’s most important because they will be simultaneous with those made by ICESat-2, which launched in September 2018. That will help ensure the satellite’s accuracy and calibrate its results with past records. “We expected to be in an ideal position this spring,” Sonntag says. (He can talk to the media, he noted, because he is a NASA contractor who is still getting paid. Many NASA employees on his team are furloughed.)

and more:
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/shutdown-imperils-nasa-s-decadelong-ice-measuring-campaign
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on January 19, 2019, 05:45:26 PM
As Shutdown Drags On, Scientists Scramble to Keep Insects, Plants and Microbes Alive 
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-01-shutdown-scientists-scramble-insects-microbes.html

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As the standoff marches through its fourth week, government researchers who study living things face mounting challenges.

On top of the missed paychecks, the canceled trips to scientific conferences and the deadlines that loom despite the forced time off, scientists at the USDA and other federal agencies have plants, animals, insects and microbes to worry about.

"When the government shuts down, it's not a case of, 'Well, you just turn the lights off and lock the door,' " said Bob Peterson, an entomologist at Montana State University and president of the Entomological Society of America. "You can't do that with living organisms."

Across the country, millions of fish are treading water in hatcheries run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At one location, essential staff have scrambled to collect data on behalf of furloughed scientists who are in the midst of a multiyear experiment 

Charts: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/11/18177101/government-shutdown-longest-workers-agencies-charts

Trump Shutdown Hits Science With Stalled Research, Missed Conferences
https://www.axios.com/trump-government-shutdown-science-conferences-nasa-3dd8a89a-b3aa-4e52-8f07-06f635f3c5c0.html

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... Why it matters: The U.S. faces increasing pressure from abroad, particularly from China, to maintain its leadership edge in innovation. The shutdown is hitting numerous science-focused agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Between the lines: This week, there are two annual scientific conferences taking place in the U.S. that typically draw top federal science experts: The American Meteorological Society's annual meeting, and the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

The impact on the weather conference in particular is notable: Out of about 4,000 participants, 700 federal experts were forced to cancel their trips at the last minute due to lack of funding, resulting in about 800 canceled presentations.
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Weather forecasts for the U.S. are less accurate because of the shutdown. At NOAA's Environmental Modeling Center, the hub of weather modeling within the sprawling agency, model upgrades scheduled for February are delayed, and models aren't being fixed in the meantime.

The U.S. is widely viewed as having fallen behind other nations, particularly the E.U., when it comes to the accuracy of its main forecast model, known as the GFS.

The GFS' accuracy has been running particularly poorly during the shutdown, and no one is on duty to fix whatever is going wrong.

I noticed our local weather man was using the EURO model instead of GFS

FDA Suspends Routine Inspections of Food Supply Due to Shutdown
https://www.axios.com/fda-suspended-food-inspections-government-shutdown-911a826d-34cc-4abb-b63a-77a9c44b1ea7.html

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... Why it matters: The FDA inspects 80% of the U.S. food supply, meaning the food most Americans eat could potentially be less safe and cause an increase in foodborne illnesses. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told the Post that he's working on a plan to bring back furloughed inspectors at "high-risk facilities, which handle foods such as soft cheese or seafood," as soon as next week.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Shared Humanity on January 21, 2019, 04:03:45 PM
Trump tweets ignorant statement about winter weather in the U.S.

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/946531657229701120?lang=en

And my response to most of what he says...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Juan C. García on January 29, 2019, 05:40:42 PM
Current partial shutdown of governent offices is because of senate republicans, particularly by Mitch McConnell who wants to keep 800000 government workers without pay. This has unfortunately lead to decrease of available data sources here too.

We are ending the month. The message is still there.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on January 29, 2019, 09:23:23 PM
A major report that passed the Trump Administration by.. first quoted by Klondike Kat on the weird weather thread. Loads of stuff, not just about the USA.

It is a 2017 report, but still pretty super.
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Citation
USGCRP, 2017: Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I [Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, D.J. Dokken, B.C. Stewart, and T.K. Maycock (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 470 pp.
https://science2017.globalchange.gov/downloads/CSSR2017_FullReport.pdf
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As a key part of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) oversaw the production of this stand-alone report of the state of science relating to climate change and its physical impacts.

The Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) is designed to be an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States, to serve as the foundation for efforts to assess climate-related risks and inform decision-making about responses. In accordance with this purpose, it does not include an assessment of literature on climate change mitigation, adaptation, economic valuation, or societal responses, nor does it include policy recommendations.

As Volume I of NCA4, CSSR serves several purposes, including providing 1) an updated detailed analysis of the findings of how climate change is affecting weather and climate across the United States; 2) an executive summary and other CSSR materials that provide the basis for the discussion of climate science found in the second volume of the NCA4; and 3) foundational information and projections for climate change, including extremes, to improve “end-to-end” consistency in sectoral, regional, and resilience analyses within the second volume. CSSR integrates and evaluates the findings on climate science and discusses the uncertainties associated with these findings. It analyzes current trends in climate change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends to the end of this century. As an assessment and analysis of the science, this report provides important input to the development of other parts of NCA4, and their primary focus on the human welfare, societal, economic, and environmental elements of climate change.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on January 29, 2019, 10:21:10 PM
NOAA Posts Cartoon Which Appears to Challenge Trump’s Climate Change Skepticism   
https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/noaa-responds-to-trumps-climate-change-skepticism-with-a-cartoon/

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The day after President Trump posted a tweet suggesting that extreme cold temperatures in the Midwest cast doubt on the existence of global warming, the climate service for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tweeted a cartoon explaining that warming oceans result in more extreme winter weather.

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Winter storms don't prove that global warming isn't happening. 
(link: https://www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-qa/are-record-snowstorms-proof-global-warming-isn%E2%80%99t-happening) climate.gov/news-features/…
 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DyFkxmaU8AQcZG2?format=jpg&name=small)

 https://mobile.twitter.com/NOAAClimate/status/1090263390503596032 

elsewhere...

“World hunger isn’t real because I had breakfast this morning”

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c4fdf3de4b00906b26c9a2b/amp
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on January 30, 2019, 04:49:05 PM
Something else that slipped by Trump ...

Intel Chiefs Challenge Trump's National Security Claims
https://www.dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/2019-ATA-SFR---SSCI.pdf

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... Environment and Climate Change (pg 23)

Global environmental and ecological degradation, as well as climate change, are likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.
Climate hazards such as extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation, and acidifying oceans are intensifying, threatening infrastructure, health, and water and food security. Irreversible damage to ecosystems and habitats will undermine the economic benefits they provide, worsened by air, soil, water, and marine pollution.

- Extreme weather events, many worsened by accelerating sea level rise, will particularly affect urban coastal areas in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. Damage to communication, energy, and transportation infrastructure could affect low-lying military bases, inflict economic costs, and cause human displacement and loss of life.

- Changes in the frequency and variability of heat waves, droughts, and floods—combined with poor governance practices—are increasing water and food insecurity around the world, increasing the risk of social unrest, migration, and interstate tension in countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Jordan.

- Diminishing Arctic sea ice may increase competition—particularly with Russia and China—over access to sea routes and natural resources. Nonetheless, Arctic states have maintained mostly positive cooperation in the region through the Arctic Council and other multilateral mechanisms, a trend we do not expect to change in the near term. Warmer temperatures and diminishing sea ice are reducing the high cost and risks of some commercial activities and are attracting new players to the resource-rich region. In 2018, the minimum sea ice extent in the Arctic was 25 percent below the 30-year average from 1980 to 2010.

....

- Migration is likely to continue to fuel social and interstate tensions globally, while drugs and transnational organized crime take a toll on US public health and safety. Political turbulence is rising in many regions as governance erodes and states confront growing public health and environmental threats.

Coats told lawmakers his opening remarks were intended "to provide you an overview of the national security threats facing our nation." He was the only one to give opening remarks, as he was speaking on behalf of those seated beside him: CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Robert Ashley and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.

"In many respects, it is a rebuke to the political rhetoric from the administration," John Cohen, a senior Homeland Security official focusing on threat-related intelligence under the Obama administration, and an ABC News contributor, said. "[It's] striking in some respects." ... "what is striking about this detailed assessment is what it doesn't say. ... The report does not reinforce or support recent claims by the administration of a national security crisis at the southern border,"

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Trump chastises intel chiefs after they contradict him on Iran and claims of foreign policy success
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/30/politics/trump-intel-chiefs-foreign-policy-iran-isis-north-korea/index.html 

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... Trump made no mention of Russia, which was specifically mentioned by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday as likely to target 2020 elections. Also left unmentioned was a response to intelligence officials' warnings about the threat of climate change.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: TerryM on January 30, 2019, 08:18:40 PM
Interesting that the CIA issues warnings of the menace of "drugs and transnational organized crime ".
Will this be followed by Adelson issuing a warning about the influence of unlimited political contributions, then Peabody Coal lecturing us on the dangers of GHG?

Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on February 01, 2019, 05:07:16 PM
The EPA Board goes a bit more "Flat-Earth"

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/427941-epa-puts-climate-skeptic-conservative-think-tank-scholar-on-science
EPA puts climate change skeptic, conservative think tank scholar on science board
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The new members include John Christy, an atmospheric science professor at the University of Alabama - Huntsville who is an outspoken climate skeptic and often cited by pundits and politicians opposing climate policies. Christy’s work includes arguing that the climate is less sensitive to greenhouse gas emissions than the scientific consensus has found, including the United Nations’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He argues, therefore, that human activity has a very small impact on the climate.

Another new member is Richard Williams, a scholar at the Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank affiliated with George Mason University. It counts billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch as a board member and has received funding from him and his brother, David.

The board will now also include Brant Ulsh, a health physicist at M.H. Chew and Associates. Ulsh’s research focuses on low-dose radiation. He has argued against the federal government’s current model for studying the impact of low-dose radiation on humans and said that it is improper to assume that even small radiation levels can be harmful.

Skeptical Science has a page devoted to de-bunking John Christy, while acknowledging his technical achievements.
https://www.skepticalscience.com/skeptic_John_Christy.htm
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Archimid on February 02, 2019, 10:24:18 AM
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John Christy

 There are few people that I consider worse than Christy. In some way he is worst than Trump, because his lies have been working for far longer. He has had a much greater impact on the human response to climate change than Trump. Thus he is responsible for many more climate related deaths than trump.

 His science is irrelevant because it clearly shows warming, despite his best attempts to disguise it and keep a hint of scientific integrity.

 The harm he is causing mankind is worse than many because he goes into back rooms where scientists gather and inserts fear and uncertainty. Scientists are humans too. They must be terrified about the possible consequences of climate change like the rest of us. But they have careers and reputations to maintain. They don't want to be terrified. Christy helps them ease their fears with lies.

Of course things are changing. Climate change is making itself evident. By the time it is evident to everyone it will be too late. But scientist now have much more confidence due to the predictions about warming coming to pass AND many of them have already been hit by climate change.

Let's see how this goes.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on February 08, 2019, 06:35:20 PM
Lawmakers Tell Pentagon: Revise and Resubmit Your Climate-Change Report
https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2019/02/lawmakers-tell-pentagon-revise-and-resubmit-your-climate-change-report/154657/

The Pentagon’s latest climate-change report was so bad that it didn’t even meet legal requirements, say House lawmakers who on Wednesday ordered the military to redo the document by April 1.

The report “lacks key deliverables,” according to the Jan. 25 letter from House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. released last week.

The Pentagon’s 2019 climate report opens with the line: “The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans, and installations.”

But the report goes downhill from there, said David Titley, the Navy meteorologist-turned-Penn State professor.

The report, “Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense,” (https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/sec_335_ndaa-report_effects_of_a_changing_climate_to_dod.pdf) released four weeks late on Jan. 16, was required by the Langevin Amendment (https://langevin.house.gov/sites/langevin.house.gov/files/documents/LANGEVIN_CLIMATE_CHANGE_AMENDMENT.pdf), part of the 2018 Defense Authorization Act.

Spearheaded by Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., the bill ordered the Pentagon to list the top 10 military installations most vulnerable to climate change, mitigations needed to maintain resiliency, and the potential effects on DOD missions.

(https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/dod-climate-report_01_2019.png?w=169&h=214)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Ktb on February 19, 2019, 08:09:36 PM
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Calabrese is a proselytizer of hormesis, the idea that dangerous chemicals and radiation are beneficial at low doses. He says they have a stimulating effect.

“It is good what you have but you need a little more,” wrote Calabrese, who then suggested a line, which he altered twice, in email exchanges with Woods, before settling on this: “EPA shall also incorporate the concept of model uncertainty when needed as a default to optimize low dose risk estimation based on the major competing models (LNT, Threshold, and Hormesis).”

In other words, if the EPA is uncertain about a particular chemical’s impacts at low doses, it would abandon linear no-threshold as a default, and try other models instead, including hormesis.

https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-secret-science-20190219-story.html


Soon we will have billboards promoting spas that douse you in "mild" pollution for the supposed beneficial results.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on February 20, 2019, 07:25:32 PM
We should get a fair hearing from this fellow ... /sarc

White House Creating Panel to Question Intelligence Agencies’ Finding That Climate Change Threatens National Security
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/white-house-readies-panel-to-assess-if-climate-change-poses-a-national-security-threat/2019/02/19/ccc8b29e-3396-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html

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The White House is working to assemble a panel to assess whether climate change poses a national security threat, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, a conclusion that federal intelligence agencies have affirmed several times since President Trump took office.

The proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Security, which would be established by executive order, is being spearheaded by William Happer (https://www.desmogblog.com/william-happer), a National Security Council senior director.

Happer, an emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, has said that carbon emissions linked to climate change should be viewed as an asset rather than a pollutant.


The initiative represents the Trump administration’s most recent attempt to question the findings of federal scientists and experts on climate change and comes less than three weeks after Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats delivered a worldwide threat assessment that identified it as a significant security risk.

https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2017/02/16/william-happer-trump-science-advisor/

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Greenpeace Exposes Sceptics Hired to Cast Doubt on Climate Science
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/08/greenpeace-exposes-sceptics-cast-doubt-climate-science

Sting operation uncovers two prominent climate sceptics available for hire by the hour to write reports on the benefits of rising CO2 levels and coal

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https://www.desmogblog.com/william-happer

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In a 2015 undercover investigation by Greenpeace, Happer told Greenpeace reporters that he would be willing to produce research promoting the benefits of carbon dioxide for $250 per hour, while the funding sources could be similarly concealed by routing them through the CO2 Coalition. [8]
https://www.ecowatch.com/busted-academics-for-hire-exposed-for-failing-to-disclose-fossil-fuel--1882129109.html
Sold Your Soul? Oh dear! Did We Forget to Read the Contract Thoroughly?

In March 2018, Happer—among other , was asked by a judge to disclose any ties he had to fossil fuel companies in a case between cities and fossil fuel companies. Happer disclosed $1,000 he had received for a speech on climate change at the Heritage Foundation in 2017. The response to the request for information also revealed that Happer had received “around $10,000 to $15,000 though he does not recall the precise number” (emphasis added) from Peabody Coal, which was donated to the CO2 coalition on his behalf “earned in connection with testimony given in a Proceeding of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in September 2015.” [100], [101]

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Princeton Professor William Happer laid out details of an unofficial peer review process run by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a UK climate skeptic think tank and said he could ask to put an oil funded report through a similar review process, after admitting that it would struggle to be published in an academic journal.

https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2015/12/08/exposed-academics-for-hire/

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From the US to the Netherlands, Military Leaders are Speaking Up On Climate Change
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-military-security-us-netherlands-hague-global-warming-a8788531.html

When Tom Middendorp – then the highest ranking military official in the Dutch armed forces – declared climate change a threat to the world’s security in 2016, he was mocked in the press and among colleagues.

... Less three years later, the security threats posed by climate change are no longer fringe notions.


This week, Mr Middendorp launched a global network of senior military leaders to drive policy on the security implications of climate change.

The International Military Council on Climate and Security, chaired by Mr Middendorp, includes former US Deputy Undersecretary of Defence Sherri Goodman, former US Navy Captain Steve Brock, former Royal Netherlands Army officer Michel Rademaker, and several researchers affiliated with US and European think tanks.

Senior military officials said they were preparing for ever more dire security crises as climate change, rising sea levels, and worsening storms impacted their forces, bases and missions.

Climate-related water, energy and food insecurity are on the rise in Europe’s neighbourhood, and this needs to be included in risk analysis, foresight, preparations for missions and during military operations

Mr Middendorp, speaking to an audience at The Hague conference, said that the impact of climatic or environmental change was already being felt on the ground by soldiers. He recalled a hard-won battle to take over territory controlled by the Taliban during a stint in Afghanistan. The US-led coalition forces won, only to watch the territory taken back by the Taliban soon thereafter.

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“It took us a year to figure out what the problem was – a fight between groups over water,” he said. “We brought water engineers and solved the problem. And the Taliban left.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on February 22, 2019, 04:11:50 PM
Montana Legislator Introduces Bills to Give His State Its Own Science   
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/montana-legislator-introduces-bills-to-give-his-state-its-own-science/

Two bills instruct the state to ignore the greenhouse effect and the federal government
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Archimid on February 23, 2019, 04:50:37 PM
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Happer, an emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, has said that carbon emissions linked to climate change should be viewed as an asset rather than a pollutant
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The premise that CO2 is good because it's plant food is ridiculous. Feces are plant food. Guess what happen if we spray millions of tons of it up in the air? Plants will probably love it, humans and other animals, not so much.

This man Happer is a man of science, how can he possibly think  that CO2 will be good? That is not how the natural world works. When the environment changes dominant species of that environment lose their edge.  When chaotic dynamic systems get disturbed they often change states to very different states.  Extinctions are part of nature. Humans are part of nature regardless of our books and infrastructure.

Why should the changes humanity is exerting over the world should be favorable for humanity if they are unplanned and random? It would require extraordinary luck for the changes to be favorable to humanity.

No way this guy is using logic and science to reach his crazy conclusions. He is terrified of climate change and this is a panic reaction. Maybe if he can convince himself and others that climate change will be good it will be good, his panicked little brain tells him.

All I wish is for him to live long enough to witness the damage he is causing on his own children and loved ones.  But who am I kidding. He'll probably tell himself he had nothing to do with it, just like te tells himself CO2 is good.

Cowards will always be cowards.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: kassy on February 23, 2019, 05:49:59 PM
Happer is born in 1939 so he probably won´t.

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From 1991 to 1993, Happer served as director of the Department of Energy's Office of Science as part of the George HW Bush administration.

He was in a ´think-tank´ doing defense and then environment since the 80ies which is just another legit-looking lobbying effort. Some group pays them to advise.

What he says about climate change is clearly not scientific. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Happer#Climate_change for some examples.

For him this is just a way to earn some extra dollars.

A true man of science would be more interested in the actual science but clearly he is not.
So not every emeritus professor of physics is a man of science.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on February 23, 2019, 06:31:46 PM
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Happer, an emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, has said that carbon emissions linked to climate change should be viewed as an asset rather than a pollutant
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What an advert for Princeton.

Apparently he is a denier gun for hire. Not sure if he wants 30 pieces of silver or a mess of pottage per article.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on February 24, 2019, 12:00:20 AM
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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on February 25, 2019, 07:55:50 PM
Meet Ed Calabrese, Who Says a Little Pollution Can Be Good For You
https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/10/the-epas-bold-new-idea-massive-implications-public-health/

In early 2018, a deputy assistant administrator in the EPA, Clint Woods, reached out to a Massachusetts toxicologist best known for pushing a public health standard suggesting that low levels of toxic chemicals and radiation are good for people.

"I wanted to check to see if you might have some time in the next couple of days for a quick call to discuss a couple items," Woods wrote to Ed Calabrese.

Less than two weeks later, Calabrese's suggestions on how the Environmental Protection Agency should assess toxic chemicals and radiation were introduced, nearly word for word, in the U.S. government's official journal, the Federal Register.

... It signified the major shift the EPA has taken under the Trump administration. More than any before it, this White House has actively sought out advice from industry lobbyists and the scientists they commission in setting pollution rules.

Calabrese's role illustrates a different side of this shift: the potential removal of long-standing public health practices and the incorporation of industry-backed and disputed science into federal environmental policy.

This view—that pollution and radiation can be beneficial—has many experts worried. The fact that such a position may become EPA policy, they say, portends a future in which corporate desires outweigh public and environmental health.


... If the EPA ultimately adopts Calabrese's proposed new regulations, researchers say it could change decades of standards and guidelines on clean air, water and toxic waste. It could also fundamentally alter the way the government assesses new chemicals and pesticides entering the marketplace.

"This is industry's holy grail," ...


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And where has Calabrese’s funding come from? Do I even have to tell you? ...

Between 1990 and 2013, Calabrese received more than $8 million from companies and institutions, including R.J. Reynolds, Exxon Mobil, Dow Chemical, General Electric, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Air Force, to conduct research on hormesis.

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/02/meet-ed-calabrese-who-says-a-little-pollution-can-be-good-for-you/ 
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on February 26, 2019, 06:32:52 AM
Trump Climate Advisory Panel Structured to Avoid Public Records
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/trump-climate-advisory-panel-structured-to-avoid-public-records/

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... The group will be structured so that it can do its work off the record. The Post notes that a formal Federal Advisory Committee would include having meetings in public and creating extensive public records of its deliberations. As a result, the new plan is to create an ad-hoc working group instead, which avoids the need for any public disclosure.

Normally, these sorts of working groups would be expected to include members of the government. As noted above, however, the National Climate Assessment was firmly within mainstream scientific thought; the planned "adversarial peer review" will therefore require recruiting people outside of science's mainstream. Conveniently, William Happer, who had been promoting this review to former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, is well connected to the far-from-mainstream when it comes to climate science. Happer is supposedly organizing this working group with Steve Koonin, an NYU physics professor who frequently writes anti-climate-science op-eds for the Wall Street Journal.

Beyond those two people, E&E News reports the planned working group composition reads like a "who's who" of people who have been invited to testify before the US House Science Committee while it was under the leadership of Lamar Smith and had an antagonistic approach to many areas of research. Proposed members include people like Judith Curry, who thinks current warming may be part of a natural cycle but hasn't identified what in particular may be cycling. John Christy is also on the list, and his previous testimony has been criticized for relying on graphs that have offset baselines and no error bars.

Also supposedly on tap is Richard Lindzen, a retired MIT scientist who has been on the payroll of a libertarian think tank in recent years. Collectively, this is precisely the group you would name if you wanted people to disagree with the conclusions of most climate scientists while providing a veneer of academic respectability. The fact that it's difficult to think of more than two or three additional US scientists that could serve the same purpose, however, provides a sense of how far outside the mainstream this group would be.

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Juan C. García on February 28, 2019, 08:34:26 PM
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The Senate on Thursday approved former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to head the Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 52 to 47, elevating a veteran of Washington political and industry circles who has advanced President Trump’s push to rollback Obama-era environmental regulations.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/02/28/andrew-wheeler-former-energy-lobbyist-confirmed-nations-top-environmental-official/?utm_term=.e71226bdb283&wpisrc=nl_green&wpmm=1 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/02/28/andrew-wheeler-former-energy-lobbyist-confirmed-nations-top-environmental-official/?utm_term=.e71226bdb283&wpisrc=nl_green&wpmm=1)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 06, 2019, 05:37:11 PM
Post-Hurricane Harvey, NASA Tried To Fly a Pollution-Spotting Plane over Houston… Trump's EPA Said No!
https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-nasa-jet-epa-hurricane-harvey-20190305-story.html

In the weeks after Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic sweep through the Houston area—which resulted in chemical spills, fires, flooded storage tanks and damaged industrial plants—rescue crews and residents complained of burning throats, nausea and dizziness.

Fifteen hundred miles west in the high desert city of Palmdale, Calif., NASA scientists were preparing to fly a DC-8, equipped with the world's most sophisticated air samplers over the hurricane zone to monitor pollution levels.

The mission never got off the ground. Both the state of Texas and the EPA told the scientists —  stay away.


https://youtu.be/jNE3H3O9Bz0

According to emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times via a public records request and interviews with dozens of scientists and officials familiar with the situation, EPA and state officials argued that NASA's data would cause "confusion" and might "overlap" with their own analysis—which was showing only a few, isolated spots of concern.

"At this time, we don't think your data would be useful," Michael Honeycutt (http://www.tceq.com/assets/public/implementation/tox/testimony/oct6th/responses.pdf), Texas' director of toxicology, wrote to NASA officials, adding that low-flying helicopters equipped with infra-red cameras, contracted by his agency, would be sufficient.

EPA deferred to Honeycutt, a controversial toxicologist who has suggested air pollution may be beneficial to human health.

NASA scientists say that, had the DC-8 been deployed, it would have provided the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of air quality in the region, allowing for a more thorough understanding of the situation.

... Smokestacks, pipelines and generators had been damaged or destroyed. Storage tanks filled with toxic chemicals were battered and leaking. Superfund sites were flooded, spilling hazardous waste into nearby rivers, streams and neighborhoods.

Officials from the EPA and the state environmental agency —  which had shut down their stationary air monitors to avoid storm damage —  maintained the air quality was fine. In addition to using ground technology, they flew in a single-engine prop plane that took photos and used infrared technology to detect chemical plumes in the area.

Despite EPA claims that pollutants were "well below levels of health concern," residents and rescuers complained of the fumes. Clouds of benzene and other cancer-causing chemicals floated over the city, according to analyses by environmental groups and news reports.

... The key decision-maker was Honeycutt, known for his energy industry-friendly views on toxic chemicals and pollutants. Six weeks later, Trump's EPA would appoint Honeycutt chairman of the agency's Scientific Advisory Board, an independent panel of scientists charged with providing advice to the agency's administrator.

On Sept. 11, Honeycutt wrote in an email to NASA and EPA officials that state data showed no sign for concern, and "we don't think your data would be useful for source identification while industry continues to restart their operations."

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Texas Toxicologist Who Rejects Basic Science Appointed to EPA Science Board
https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-toxicologist-rejects-basic-science-appointed-epa-science-board/

For years Texas’ chief toxicologist, Michael Honeycutt (http://www.tceq.com/assets/public/implementation/tox/testimony/oct6th/responses.pdf), has accused the EPA of scaring the public about the health risks of toxic chemicals. The EPA, he has said, “ignores good science which demonstrates that a chemical is not as toxic as they think it is,” uses “‘chicken little’ toxicity values” and doesn’t “do common-sense groundtruthing.” Honeycutt has repeatedly put himself outside the scientific mainstream by arguing that pollutants are not nearly as harmful as the evidence suggests.

Mercury? EPA is “overstating” the risks of exposure and ignoring the fact that the Japanese eat 10 times as much fish as Americans.

Arsenic? It couldn’t be unsafe because we’re not seeing increases in cancer rates that would be true if EPA’s assessment is “realistic.”

Ozone? EPA’s ozone rules are unnecessary because “Americans likely spend at least 90 percent of their time indoors.”


In announcing his appointment on Tuesday, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt called Honeycutt a “wonderful scientist” and said he had been chosen out of 130 applicants.

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From the same Republican-led EPA that said Air Quality post 9/11 (https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/epa-misleads-on-air-quality-after-9-11-attacks/) was 'right as rain' ...
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/10/epa-head-wrong-911-air-safe-new-york-christine-todd-whitman

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... More than 37,000 people registered with the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), a federal organisation set up in 2011 to oversee those affected by exposure to the toxins released at Ground Zero, have been declared sick. Many have chronic respiratory illnesses or cancer.

More than 1,100 people covered by the WTCHP have died. That number includes first responders who were at Ground Zero and people who lived and worked in the surrounding area.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 10, 2019, 01:02:02 AM
Trump to Propose Massive Renewable Energy Cuts, Something Republicans Don’t Even Want   
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-renewable-energy-budget-cuts-3382dc457f20/amp/

... Trump’s proposal will slash the budget for DOE’s Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EERE) from $2.3 billion to $700 million — a roughly 70 percent cut — Bloomberg reported this week, citing a department official familiar with the plan. The full budget request is expected to be released Monday.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 11, 2019, 07:18:38 PM
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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Susan Anderson on March 11, 2019, 09:22:26 PM
The Real Emergency by Barry Blitt
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cover-story/cover-story-2019-03-04 (https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cover-story/cover-story-2019-03-04)

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 11, 2019, 11:51:33 PM
Trump Once Again Requests Deep Cuts in U.S. Science Spending
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/trump-once-again-requests-deep-cuts-us-science-spending

For the third year in a row, President Donald Trump’s administration has unveiled a budget request to Congress that calls for deep spending cuts at many federal science agencies, including a 13% cut for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a 12% cut for the National Science Foundation (NSF), while providing hefty increases for the military.

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Trump's New Science Adviser Says It's Not His Job to Correct the President on Climate Change 
https://news.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/zma8qe/trumps-new-science-adviser-says-its-not-his-job-to-correct-the-president-on-climate-change

https://medium.com/datadriveninvestor/scientists-put-trump-on-a-turd-and-twitter-freaked-out-620c76772140
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 14, 2019, 12:26:39 AM
EPA Staffers Destroyed Files While Under Audit   
https://qz.com/1570528/epa-staffers-destroyed-files-while-under-audit/

Employees at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) destroyed records they knew were being audited, a new memo posted to a government database reveals.

According to the memo written by the agency’s inspector general (IG), the staffers worked for the EPA’s chief financial officer, Donald Trump appointee Holly Greaves.

Per her official bio, the mission of Greaves’ team is “to ensure the effective management and financial integrity of EPA’s resources and annual budget, which was $8.8 billion in fiscal year 2018.”

EPA personnel within the CFO’s office claimed they destroyed the records because they had signed non-disclosure agreements prohibiting them from sharing official documents with outside third parties. Inspectors general, however, are entitled by law to access all agency information.

Jonathan Gant of international anti-corruption watchdog Global Witness said he had never encountered an instance of federal employees destroying official documents while under audit.  By general auditing standards, as well as the government’s own rules, he said “such an act would be wrong or illegal ...“It seems like it would anger even the most casual reader that officials are heading to the shredder when the inspector comes calling,”   .

Before he became president, Trump’s companies routinely destroyed records “in defiance of court orders,” Newsweek reported in 2016. His penchant for opacity informs his governing style.   
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 15, 2019, 12:58:12 AM
US Official Reveals Atlantic Drilling Plan while hailing Trump’s Ability to Distract Public 
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/14/offshore-drilling-trump-official-reveals-plan-and-distractions-delight

Revealed: Interior department official says he is ‘thrilled’ by Trump’s ‘knack for keeping the attention of the media and public focused somewhere else

A top US official told a group of fossil fuel industry leaders that the Trump administration will soon issue a proposal making large portions of the Atlantic available for oil and gas development, and said that it is easier to work on such priorities because Donald Trump is skilled at sowing “absolutely thrilling” distractions, according to records of a meeting obtained by the Guardian.

Joe Balash, the assistant secretary for land and minerals management, was speaking to companies in the oil exploration business at a meeting of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, or IAGC, last month.

“One of the things that I have found absolutely thrilling in working for this administration,” said Balash,“is the president has a knack for keeping the attention of the media and the public focused somewhere else while we do all the work that needs to be done on behalf of the American people.” ....

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Public records obtained by the Guardian show that the Trump administration has been in regular communication with key players in the offshore industry, while conservationists and coastal communities say their voices have been ignored.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: b_lumenkraft on March 15, 2019, 12:25:46 PM
Journey to Antarctica: What Scientists Think of Trump’s Latest Climate Tweet

“You like carbon dioxide so much?” one researcher mused. “Try putting a plastic bag over your head and see how that works out.”

Link >> https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/trump-climate-change-tweet-808208/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 18, 2019, 10:37:41 PM
EPA Proposes Antibiotic Spraying of Citrus Crops
https://advocacy.consumerreports.org/press_release/epa-proposal-to-allow-streptomycin-to-treat-citrus-disease-poses-unacceptable-risk-to-human-health-and-the-environment/

... The EPA proposal would allow streptomycin to be sprayed on all citrus trees in the United States up to three times a year. Based on current commercial citrus acreage, the amount allowed to be sprayed would total more than 942,000 lb, according to Consumer Reports. The group noted that other federal agencies have taken steps to reduce overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and human medicine

The move would lead to "a 26-fold increase in the use of streptomycin in plant agriculture and could trigger antibiotic resistance that would reduce the drug's effectiveness in treating diseases in people," the consumer group warned in a news release.

The EPA’s proposal comes at a time when medical experts have warned that growing antibiotic resistance poses one of the most serious threats to public health 


What next? Bring back DDT

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 20, 2019, 06:08:24 PM
Donald Trump is Using Stalinist Tactics to Discredit Climate Science   
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/20/donald-trump-stalinist-techniques-climate-science

The Trump administration has already purged information about climate change from government websites, gagged federal experts and attempted to end funding for climate change programmes.

Now a group of hardcore climate change deniers and contrarians linked to the administration is organising a petition in support of a new panel being set up by the National Security Council to promote an alternative official explanation for climate change.

The petition is being circulated for signature by Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a lobby group for “free market” fanatics which has become infamous for championing climate change denial. It does not disclose its sources of funding, but is known to have received money from ExxonMobil and conservative billionaires such as the Koch brothers.


Mr Ebell, who has no expertise whatsoever in climate science – or any kind of science for that matter – was a member of Donald Trump’s presidential transition team and diverted the focus of the Environmental Protection Agency towards weakening and removing policies that limit pollution by companies, including President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

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The creation of the new panel of climate change deniers, and the recruitment of supporters to provide it with a veneer of legitimacy, echoes the campaign by Joseph Stalin’s regime to discredit the work of geneticists who disagreed with the disastrous pseudo-scientific theories of Trofim Lysenko.

Lysenko wrongly believed that acquired traits could be passed on by parents to their offspring. Stalin embraced lysenkoism as the basis for Soviet agricultural policy, while also denouncing and persecuting Lysenko’s scientific critics.

The Trump administration’s “climate lysenkoism” is being led by William Happer, a retired professor from Princeton University who was hired by the National Security Council in September 2018 as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for emerging technologies.

Media reports suggest that Professor Happer and his fellow propagandists will target the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which was prepared by leading researchers in the United States, and concluded last November: “The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country.”...

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 22, 2019, 06:34:59 PM
Trump EPA Science Advisers Push Doubt About Air Pollution Health Risks
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/15032019/air-pollution-trump-epa-science-advisers-health-risk-fossil-fuel-chemical-tobacco-industry

The new advisers include industry allies and consultants with ties to the fossil fuel, tobacco and chemical industries.

For two years, the Trump administration has been planting seeds of change in the Environmental Protection Agency—installing allies of regulated industries onto its elite panels of science advisers. That effort now has borne fruit in dramatic fashion.

The EPA's new science advisers, sweeping aside decades of research on the grave health risks of fine particle air pollution, have launched a drive to force the agency to give greater weight to a handful of contrarian studies that dispute the harmful effects of soot.

The latest scientific dispute centers around the EPA's draft assessment of the science on particulate matter (PM) (https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/isa/recordisplay.cfm?deid=341593), a comprehensive review that the agency is required by law to conduct every few years to update the state of the science on several key pollutants. EPA released its draft review last fall.

For the first time, the EPA concluded that the evidence was strong enough to show a "likely" causal relationship between long-term PM2.5 exposure and cancer, as well as nervous system effects. The EPA concluded, as it has in the past, that there is evidence of health risks even at extremely low levels of PM exposure.

Now, in a harshly worded draft review, the Trump administration's science advisors are blasting those findings as based on "unverifiable opinions" and lacking in scientific support.

... The CASAC, now chaired by Louis Anthony "Tony" Cox, Jr., a Denver-based consultant, offers a few examples of the studies it wants to see the EPA give more weight to. Among them are studies that are authored, in fact, by Cox himself—whose clients have included the American Petroleum Institute, the tobacco industry and the chemical industry.

Other studies mentioned by the CASAC are by S. Stanley Young, a former pharmaceutical industry statistician based in Raleigh, N.C., who is an adviser to the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that has led a years-long campaign to discredit climate science. Young is now also an EPA science adviser.

The CASAC also pointed to the work of James Enstrom, a Los Angeles epidemiologist who for years has questioned the health risks of particulate matter. A former tobacco industry researcher, Enstrom was a plaintiff in a 2016 lawsuit brought by the fossil fuel industry-funded Energy and Environment Legal Institute that challenged the makeup of the previous CASAC.


... "The statement is ironic given that the CASAC itself lacks necessary expertise"

In fact, the CASAC recommended that it be given access to additional technical expertise in order to complete its review of EPA science on particulate matter.


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EPA Adviser is Promoting Harmful Ideas, Scientists Say
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-epa-ideas-scientists.html

The Trump administration's reliance on industry-funded environmental specialists is again coming under fire, this time by researchers who say that Louis Anthony "Tony" Cox Jr., who leads a key Environmental Protection Agency advisory board on air pollution, is a "fringe" scientist and ideologue pushing policies detrimental to public health.

In a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, two air pollution scientists say that Cox is ignoring consensus viewpoints on the effects of smog and particulate pollution.

... Since Trump took office, his EPA has repeatedly relied upon industry-funded scientists to set policy—including allowing a University of Massachusetts professor who believes low doses of radiation and toxic chemicals are good for people to write proposed rulings.

Some say Cox is part of that pattern.

Open Access: Gretchen T. Goldman et al. Don't abandon evidence and process on air pollution policy (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2019/03/20/science.aaw9460), Science (2019)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: J Cartmill on March 23, 2019, 12:16:02 PM
Even the dismal science is under attack.

From the Huffington Post:

Donald Trump Just Picked A Laughingstock For A Huge Federal Reserve Job
Stephen Moore is a joke in the economics profession.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stephen-moore-federal-reserve-trump_n_5c953977e4b01ebeef0f13e8 (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stephen-moore-federal-reserve-trump_n_5c953977e4b01ebeef0f13e8)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on March 23, 2019, 12:26:42 PM
Even the dismal science is under attack.

From the Huffington Post:

Donald Trump Just Picked A Laughingstock For A Huge Federal Reserve Job
Stephen Moore is a joke in the economics profession.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stephen-moore-federal-reserve-trump_n_5c953977e4b01ebeef0f13e8 (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stephen-moore-federal-reserve-trump_n_5c953977e4b01ebeef0f13e8)
The dismal science is not amused..

https://www.economist.com/democracy-in-america/2019/03/22/why-stephen-moore-is-unfit-for-the-fed

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-03-22/stephen-moore-is-the-wrong-person-for-the-fed-board
Stephen Moore Is the Wrong Person for the Fed Board
A partisan operative has no business making policy at an independent central bank.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Archimid on March 23, 2019, 03:14:00 PM
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A partisan operative has no business making policy at an independent central bank.


I'm sure he already has plenty of business lined up.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 23, 2019, 04:12:18 PM
Trump's Plan To Destroy NASA Science Laid Bare In FY2020 Budget
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2019/03/12/trumps-plan-to-destroy-nasa-science-laid-bare-in-fy2020-budget/#35385a0d5818

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In 2018, the Trump administration's proposed FY2019 budget was a disaster for science, with deep cuts for NASA, the Department of Education, the Chemical Safety Board, the National Science Foundation and many more. It was plainly an anti-science budget, which would be disastrous for not only America, but for practically every state across the board. Congress was able to restore much of the funding that was proposed to be eliminated, and the budget passed.

This year's proposed FY2020 budget has now been announced, and it's as equally disastrous for science as last year's proposal, but this time it's more insidious. By emphasizing space exploration and increasing funding for the lunar gateway project — which is arguably a good project on its own merits — it obscures the fact that it gets its funding by destroying many of our most important and scientifically valuable programs.

A single year of missed funding or underfunding can kill a project that took decades to plan and enact.

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Here are the biggest changes over what we're presently doing:

- The science budget is being cut across the board by 8.7% ($603 million): the largest single-year decrease in history.
- The James Webb Space Telescope budget is being split off from the NASA astrophysics budget while Wide Field InfraRed Space Tellescope (WFIRST) is killed entirely: this signals the end of the flagship mission program that makes NASA, well, NASA, according to Science Mission Directorate head Thomas Zurbuchen.
- Last year, acting administrator Robert Lightfoot's statement acknowledged the deep cuts that would harm science; this year's statement by Jim Bridenstine lauds the new initiatives but doesn't even mention that these cuts are occurring.
- Emphasizes small-mission funding and continuation for existing missions at the expense of long-term and future missions.
- Reduces planetary science, Earth science, and heliophysics funding, as well as astrophysics funding.
- Eliminates the office of STEM outreach, along with its portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements.

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on March 27, 2019, 10:35:22 AM
Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species   
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/us/politics/endangered-species-david-bernhardt.amp.html

... Fish and Wildlife Service analysis found that two of the pesticides, malathion and chlorpyrifos, were so toxic that they “jeopardize the continued existence” of more than 1,200 endangered birds, fish and other animals and plants, a conclusion that could lead to tighter restrictions on use of the chemicals.

But just before the team planned to make its findings public in November 2017, something unexpected happened: Top political appointees of the Interior Department, which oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, blocked the release and set in motion a new process intended to apply a much narrower standard to determine the risks from the pesticides.

Leading that intervention was David Bernhardt, then the deputy secretary of the interior and a former lobbyist and oil-industry lawyer. In October 2017, he abruptly summoned staff members to the first of a rapid series of meetings in which the Fish and Wildlife Service was directed to take the new approach, one that pesticide makers and users had lobbied intensively to promote.

Mr. Bernhardt is now President Trump’s nominee to become interior secretary. The Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on his confirmation Thursday.

... A Dow spokesman said the shift in policy was unrelated to the $1 million contribution to Trump’s inauguration committee. 
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Juan C. García on April 04, 2019, 06:31:59 PM
Something funny for a change.   ;)
But be careful with the last comment on the video, it is completely true!!!  :(  ;D

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As The Washington Post’s Philip Bump pointed out, Trump’s hatred of wind turbines goes back nearly 10 years to when he strongly opposed their construction near his golf course in Scotland. Since then, the president has highlighted numerous faults with the renewable energy source, disparaging it as “ugly” and “noisy,” and holding it responsible for countless bird deaths.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/04/course-windmills-cause-cancer-thats-why-everyone-holland-is-dead-trump-mocked-his-wind-energy-attack/?utm_term=.7b9b3e6e0e40 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/04/course-windmills-cause-cancer-thats-why-everyone-holland-is-dead-trump-mocked-his-wind-energy-attack/?utm_term=.7b9b3e6e0e40)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on April 08, 2019, 09:20:03 AM
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Climate Change Group Scrapped by Trump Reassembles to Issue Warning 
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/04/climate-change-trump-advisory-group-report-warning-global-warming

Panel was disbanded after a Trump official voiced concerns that it did not have enough members ‘from industry

A U.S. government climate change advisory group scrapped by Donald Trump has reassembled independently to call for better adaptation to the floods, wildfires, and other threats that increasingly loom over American communities.


The advisory group has since been resurrected, however, following an invitation from New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, and has been financially supported by Columbia University and the American Meteorological Society. It now has 20 expert members.

The panel is now known as the Science to Climate Action Network (Scan) and has now completed work it would have finished for the federal government, releasing a report on Thursday warning that Americans are being put at risk from the impacts of a warming planet due to a muddled response to climate science. 

... We’re only just starting to see the effects of climate change, it’s only going to get much worse. But we haven’t yet rearranged our daily affairs to adapt to science we have,” he added.

... In its new report, the Science to Climate Action Network recommends the creation of a “civil-society-based climate assessment consortium” that would combine private and public interests to provide more localized help for communities menaced by floods, wildfires, or other perils. ...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on April 09, 2019, 01:52:30 AM
Trump Administration Sabotages Major Conservation Effort, Defying Congress 
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/08/trump-administration-sabotages-major-conservation-effort-defying-congress

Scientists and officials around the US have told the Guardian that the Trump administration has withdrawn funding for a large, successful conservation program – in direct contradiction of instructions from Congress.

Unique in scale and ambition, the program comprises 22 research centers that tackle big-picture issues affecting huge swaths of the US, such as climate change, flooding and species extinction. They are known as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – or were, because 16 of them are now on indefinite hiatus or have dissolved.

... Donald Trump made it clear from the beginning that the LCCs – and science funding in general – were not a priority for his administration. His first budget proposal as president eliminated funds for the LCCs, and for other applied research programs run through the interior department. Ensuing budget requests followed the same pattern.   

But Congress decides the federal budget, and it can disregard a president’s proposals. It has consistently rejected these cuts. ... Even so, in 2017 LCCs across the country began to receive the news that they would no longer receive federal support.

“With this administration, very few things come out on email or on paper. There’s very little paper trail. It’s just, this is the way it’s going to be,” said another Fish and Wildlife Service scientist who worked for one of the LCCs. 

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... “I’d say there could be five to six years [of work] down the drain.”

The scientist said that federal support for the LCC program appeared to dry up after the start of an unprecedented political review of scientific research at the interior department, of which the Fish and Wildlife Service is a part. It was led by Steve Howke, a high school friend of the former interior secretary Ryan Zinke. When this review began, said the Fish and Wildlife Service scientist, “it was known that nothing associated with LCCs, would be funded” and they “basically had to kind of wind everything down”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on April 12, 2019, 01:01:57 AM
'A Walking Conflict of Interest': Ex-Oil Lobbyist Confirmed to Lead US Interior Department 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/11/david-bernhart-interior-department-senate-confirmation

Senators voted 56-41 to approve David Bernhardt’s nomination to oversee more than 500m acres of public lands and other resources, including national parks, monuments and wildlife refuges, as secretary of the embattled interior department. 

... Before joining the administration, Bernhardt worked at a Washington law and lobbying firm on behalf of mining companies, oil and gas giants, a politically powerful western water agency and other groups that have business before the interior department.

“David Bernhardt is a walking conflict of interest who is selling out our public lands to his former clients in the fossil fuel industry,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.

“Like Ryan Zinke before him, Bernhardt is clearly more interested in doing favors for his corporate polluting friends than in responsibly managing our shared public spaces.

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on April 14, 2019, 04:01:19 AM
Pentagon Cancels Contract for JASON Advisory Panel
https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2019/04/pentagon-jason/

In a startling blow to the system of independent science and technology advice, the Department of Defense decided not to renew its support for the JASON defense science advisory panel, it was disclosed yesterday. 

JASON performs technical studies for many agencies inside and outside of the national security bureaucracy and it is highly regarded for the quality of its work.

The JASON panel has performed studies (many of which are classified) for federal agencies including the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office, as well as the Census Bureau and the Department of Health and Human Services.

So why is the Pentagon threatening its future?

... So far, those who do know are not talking. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) “would not answer any questions or discuss the matter in any way whatsoever.”

... The Pentagon move to cancel the JASON contract appears to be part of a larger trend by federal agencies to limit independent scientific and technical advice. As noted by Rep. Cooper at yesterday’s hearing, the Navy also lately terminated its longstanding Naval Research Advisory Committee.

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Navy Torpedoes Scientific Advisory Group 
https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2019/04/nrac-terminated/

This week the U.S. Navy abruptly terminated its own scientific advisory group, depriving the service of a source of internal critique and evaluation.

The Naval Research Advisory Committee (NRAC) was established by legislation in 1946 and provided science and technology advice to the Navy for the past 73 years. Now it’s gone.

The decision to disestablish the Committee was announced in a March 29 Federal Register notice, which did not provide any justification for eliminating it. Phone and email messages to the office of the Secretary of the Navy seeking more information were not returned. 

This will leave the Navy without an independent and objective technical advisory body, which is not in the best interests of the Navy or the nation,” said a Navy scientist.

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on April 20, 2019, 11:11:59 PM
USDA Is Forcing Its Researchers to Label Their Peer-Reviewed Studies as Only 'Preliminary'   
https://gizmodo.com/usda-is-forcing-its-researchers-to-label-their-peer-rev-1834176766

The peer review process for scientific publications is a tedious and trusted mechanism by which papers are determined credible sources of information or not. While “peer reviewed” isn’t synonymous with conclusive, it’s long been a stamp of approval for other scientists and the public to weed out low-quality research. But a new requirement from the federal government effectively undermines these studies by forcing researchers to include a disclaimer labeling their studies as “preliminary.

According to the Washington Post, the United States Department of Agriculture sent a memo to researchers at the department in July of last year that outlined a number of new requirements, including a statement that had to be added—in the same-sized font as the author names—that stated:
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... “The findings and conclusions in this preliminary publication have not been formally disseminated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy.” 

This text, that essentially brands carefully reviewed research as “preliminary,” was reportedly the “result of a high-level compromise” that allowed USDA researchers “to publish scientific research without having to get it officially reviewed as representing USDA policy. (by Trump appointees/ industry lobbyists)” It was also supposed to just be “an interim policy,” with a new guideline rolling out in the fall, according to internal communications among department employees obtained by the Post.

But a new guideline never happened, the “interim” one was reportedly never announced to the public, and the disclaimer has reportedly already been inserted into a number of existing peer-reviewed journals.

Any scientist reading a journal, seeing that, would be very confused by this statement,” Ed Gregorich, editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality, told the Post.  ...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on April 29, 2019, 03:24:46 AM
New EPA Document Tells Communities to Brace for Climate Change Impacts
https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/science-and-nature/4605264-new-epa-document-tells-communities-brace-climate-change-impacts

The Environmental Protection Agency published a 150-page document this past week with a straightforward message for coping with the fallout from natural disasters across the country: Start planning for the fact that climate change is going to make these catastrophes worse.

The language, included in guidance on how to address the debris left in the wake of floods, hurricanes and wildfires, is at odds with the rhetoric of the EPA's own leader, Andrew Wheeler. Just last month, Wheeler said in an interview with CBS that "most of the threats from climate change are 50 to 75 years out."

... The divergence between Wheeler and his own agency offers the latest example of the often contradictory way that federal climate policy has evolved under President Donald Trump. As the White House has sought to minimize or ignore climate science, government experts have continued to sound the alarm.

The document published Wednesday in the Federal Register repeatedly makes the link between climate change and more-severe floods, wildfires and storms.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 01, 2019, 01:21:53 AM
Trump EPA Insists Monsanto's Roundup Is Safe, Despite Cancer Cases 
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/apr/30/monsanto-roundup-trump-epa-cancer
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-epa-reaffirms-glyphosate-safe-users.html

The Trump administration is keeping the weedkiller Roundup on the US market, insisting it is safe for humans despite thousands of lawsuits launched by people who claim it gave them cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintained in its draft decision that it posed "no risks of concern" for people exposed to it by any means—on farms, in yards and along roadsides, or as residue left on food crops.

The EPA's draft findings reaffirmed that glyphosate "is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans."


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The EPA's findings contradict those of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, which said in 2015 that glyphosate was likely carcinogenic 

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Two recent U.S. court verdicts have awarded multimillion-dollar claims to men who blame glyphosate for their lymphoma. Bayer, which acquired Roundup-maker Monsanto last year, advised investors in mid-April that it faced U.S. lawsuits from 13,400 people over alleged exposure to the weed killer.

The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) and major retailers of organic food have petitioned the EPA to set a lower level for the amount of glyphosate allowed in oats and to prohibit spraying the chemical just before harvest.

Oat crops are allowed to have 30 parts per million of glyphosate. The advocates want that reduced back to a previous requirement of 0.1 parts per million or lower. In one review, EWG found glyphosate in most cereals marketed to children.

https://youtu.be/dycsFm7ek34

https://www.ewg.org/release/roundup-breakfast-part-2-new-tests-weed-killer-found-all-kids-cereals-sampled

In the EPA press release, the US agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, said: “If we are going to feed 10bn people by 2050, we are going to need all the tools at our disposal, which includes the use [of] glyphosate.”

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Biologists Warn of Peril From Biological Invasions as White House Proposes to Halve Funding
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-biologists-peril-biological-invasions-white.html

As the Trump Administration prepares to cut in half the budget for the National Invasive Species Council, a group of invasive species experts led by a University of Rhode Island professor has issued a warning about the growing peril of biological invasions and the increasing threat they pose to the economy, environment, public health and national security.

... Invasive species costs in the United States are estimated at more than $100 billion annually. The scientists note that the rapid movement of plants, animals, disease agents and pathogens into the country has the potential to trigger epidemics that sweep through human populations, crops and fisheries. In addition, climate change is facilitating the arrival of new invaders and the expansion of established ones. 

The establishment of the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) and the volunteer non-federal Invasive Species Advisory Council (ISAC), as well as a regularly-updated National Invasive Species Management Plan, have helped to address the issue proactively.

The Trump Administration has proposed to cut the National Invasive Species Council budget by 50 percent for fiscal year 2020, even as damage from invasive species grows. In addition, the Advisory Council has been placed on "administratively inactive status" due to "financial constraints."

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Klondike Kat on May 01, 2019, 02:57:56 PM
I think the most telling quote from your post is from agricultural secretary Steve Perdue, “If we are going to feed 10bn people by 2050, we are going to need all the tools at our disposal, which includes the use [of] glyphosate.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: mitch on May 01, 2019, 04:58:57 PM
Perdue defending glyphosphates is a reflex action, not with any data to back it up.  It would be great if we could get some experts to explore the issue, like National Academy of Science. It won't happen with this administration because they want to control the narrative.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 01, 2019, 11:25:39 PM
NASA's New Carbon Observatory is Set for Launch Despite Trump's Efforts to Ax It
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-nasa-carbon-observatory-trump-efforts.html

A NASA instrument designed to track carbon in Earth's atmosphere is headed to the International Space Station next week, and the president isn't happy about it.

President Donald Trump slashed funding for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 and four other Earth science missions in his proposed spending plan for the 2018 fiscal year, citing "budget constraints" and "higher priorities within Science." His budget for fiscal year 2019 tried to defund them again.

In both cases, Congress decided to keep the OCO-3 mission going anyway. Now it is set to launch as soon as Tuesday.


OCO-3 was built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., for less than $100 million, using parts left over from its predecessor, OCO-2. Once the carbon observatory gets to the ISS, a robotic arm will mount it on the underside of the space station so it can keep a close eye on the carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

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Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/oco2/index.html

https://youtu.be/syU1rRCp7E8
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/eye-popping-view-of-co2-critical-step-for-carbon-cycle-science

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After a Decade, NASA Finally Reveals Root Cause of Two Failed Rocket Launches
https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/01/nasa-aluminum-fraud-scheme-probe/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/nasa-finally-concludes-investigation-of-two-failed-launches-a-decade-ago/

An Oregon-based company falsified aluminum certification tests for nearly two decades.

A little more than a decade ago, on February 24, 2009, a Taurus XL rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying a NASA satellite OCO-1 designed to measure carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. However, the payload never properly separated from the rocket, and due to the extra mass, the combined spacecraft and rocket failed to reach orbit.

Two years after this, on March 4, 2011, another Taurus XL rocket launched from Vandenberg, again carrying a science payload for NASA. This Glory satellite would have measured the properties of sulfate and other aerosols in the atmosphere. Again, the payload failed to properly separate from the rocket, and it was a total loss.

Combined, the loss of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory and Glory satellites cost the space agency $700 million (... and 10 years of high resolution CO2 data). In the years since, the space agency's Launch Services Program and the rocket's manufacturer, Orbital Sciences—which has since been acquired by Northrop Grumman—have been conducting investigations into what happened.

Over time, some information has come out. Shortly after the launches, it was clear the payload fairing had failed to separate from the two rockets. And in 2015, the company that supplied aluminum extrusions for the four-stage, solid-rocket Taurus XL booster, Sapa Profiles Inc. (SPI), admitted that it had falsified quality control test results for its products.

But only now has the story emerged in greater detail. This week, NASA posted a summary of its decade-long investigation into the mission failures. Long story short: faulty aluminum extrusions used in the mechanism by which the payload separates from the rocket, known as a frangible joint, prevented the separation from fully occurring. Much of the report drills down into the process by which NASA reached and then substantiated this conclusion.

The investigation found that SPI had falsified records about the materials used in its extrusions for about a decade. Internal, handwritten accounts of SPI's material properties tests revealed that the company made alterations to more than 2,000 test results between about 1996 and 2006, affecting more than 200 customers.

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/oco_glory_public_summary_update_-_for_the_web_-_04302019.pdf
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 02, 2019, 11:29:56 PM
Aiming at Trump, House OKs Bill to Keep US in Climate Accord 
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-house-paris-climate-agreement.html

The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that would prevent President Donald Trump from fulfilling his pledge to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement and ensure the U.S. honors its commitments under the global accord.

The bill falls far short of the ambitious Green New Deal pushed by many Democrats, but it is the first significant climate legislation approved by the House in nearly a decade. The measure was approved, 231-190, and now goes to the Republican-run Senate, where it is unlikely to move forward. Trump has said he will veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the House bill a "futile gesture to handcuff the U.S. economy through the ill-fated Paris deal" and said it "will go nowhere here in the Senate."

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 03, 2019, 03:32:30 AM
Trump Erases Offshore Drilling Rules Enacted After BP Oil Spill 
https://www.politico.com/amp/story/2019/05/02/offshore-drilling-rules-1404098

The Trump administration on Thursday dismantled safety rules for offshore drilling put in place by the Obama administration after the disastrous BP oil spill fouled the Gulf of Mexico nearly a decade ago.

The rollbacks are a major victory for the oil and gas industry that has criticized the Obama rules as too onerous and costly to comply with
, but which supporters say have helped prevent a repeat of the accident that killed 11 workers and spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil in 2010.

... The new rule, which takes effect in 60 days from Friday, reduces the frequency of tests to key equipment such as blowout preventers, which sit at the wellhead at the ocean floor and are the last-ditch defense against massive gushers. It also allows drillers to use third-party companies instead of government inspectors to check equipment and gives them more time between inspections, among other things.(...that worked so well for Boeing's 737 MAX)

... Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement acknowledged in the final rule that “a large majority of the approximately 118,000 comments that BSEE received voiced significant concerns about the proposed changes.”

... The new rules reference standards written by the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association, that could only be read on the group's website. To download or print the standards, members of the public must register with the trade association on its website and pay a fee.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Juan C. García on May 03, 2019, 11:11:24 PM
"Trump administration pushed to strip mention of climate change from Arctic policy statement"
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The Trump administration sought to remove references to climate change from an international statement on Arctic policy that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to endorse next week, leading to sometimes testy negotiations over how much to emphasize an issue considered a crisis for the region.

The Arctic Council declaration is an affirmation of goals and principles among the eight Arctic nations, which meet every two years. The Trump administration’s position, at least initially, threatened a standoff in which the United States would not sign onto a statement that included climate discussion and other members would not agree to a version that left it out, according to senior diplomats and others familiar with the discussions.

The administration objected to language that, while nonbinding, could be read as a collective commitment to address the effects of climate change in the Arctic, diplomats said. One official familiar with the preparations for this year’s meeting said that at meetings last month, the United States “indicated its resistance to any mention of climate change whatsoever.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-pushed-to-strip-mention-of-climate-change-from-arctic-policy-statement/2019/05/02/1dabcd5e-6c4a-11e9-8f44-e8d8bb1df986_story.html?utm_term=.396878852dc0&wpisrc=nl_green&wpmm=1 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-pushed-to-strip-mention-of-climate-change-from-arctic-policy-statement/2019/05/02/1dabcd5e-6c4a-11e9-8f44-e8d8bb1df986_story.html?utm_term=.396878852dc0&wpisrc=nl_green&wpmm=1)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 15, 2019, 12:26:26 AM
Global 5G Wireless Networks Threaten Weather Forecasts
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01305-4

Next-generation mobile technology could interfere with crucial satellite-based Earth observations. 

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5G Likely to Mess With Weather Forecasts, but FCC Auctions Spectrum Anyway 
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/05/5g-networks-will-likely-interfere-with-us-weather-satellites-navy-warns/

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A US Navy memo warns that 5G mobile networks are likely to interfere with weather satellites, and senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to avoid issuing new spectrum licenses to wireless carriers until changes are made to prevent harms to weather forecasting.

The FCC has already begun an auction of 24GHz spectrum that would be used in 5G networks. But Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, asking him to avoid issuing licenses to winning bidders "until the FCC approves the passive band protection limits that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determine are necessary to protect critical satellite‐based measurements of atmospheric water vapor needed to forecast the weather."

Wyden and Cantwell said that the "ongoing sale of wireless airwaves could damage the effectiveness of US weather satellites and harm forecasts and predictions relied on to protect safety, property, and national security." They chided the FCC for beginning the auction "over the objections of NASA, NOAA, and members of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). These entities all argued that out-of-band emissions from future commercial broadband transmissions in the 24GHz band would disrupt the ability to collect water-vapor data measured in a neighboring frequency band (23.6 to 24GHZ) that meteorologists rely on to forecast the weather. 

The internal Navy memo on the topic, written on March 27 by US Naval Observatory Superintendent Marc Eckardt, was made public by Wyden and Cantwell today.

https://www.wyden.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Navy%2024Hz%205G%20Spectrum%20Impacts.pdf

The memo topic is "Operational impacts from potential loss of NOAA/NASA METOC [meteorology and oceanography] satellite data resulting from the FCC spectrum auction for 5G." The Navy memo summarizes the problem as follows:

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...  Remotely sensed observations (water vapor) may be degraded or lost due to growing interference from the broader adoption of 5G; specifically, in the 24GHz bands.

Naval operations will continue but with a probable degradation of weather and ocean models, resulting in increased risk in Safety of Flight and Safety of Navigation, and degraded Battlespace Awareness for tactical / operational advantage.

The Navy memo cited NOAA and NASA studies on interference from 24GHz spectrum, which is intended for mobile use and is adjacent to spectrum used for weather operations.

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... "[A]s such, it is expected that interference will result in a partial-to-complete loss of remotely sensed water-vapor measurements," the Navy memo said. "It is also expected that impacts will be concentrated in urban areas of the United States first."

...The senators also want Pai to provide a detailed explanation of the process it used "to resolve the dispute between NASA/NOAA and the FCC in favor of the FCC's position."

The senators' last request to Pai is as follows:

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... Explain and provide supporting documentation related to the FCC's public interest analysis, including any cost-benefit analysis, on the FCC's emissions limit. In particular, explain how the FCC addressed the costs to taxpayers from the loss of billions of dollars of investment in weather-sensing satellites, the costs to public safety and national security, and to the nation's commercial activities that rely on this critical weather data.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 21, 2019, 12:21:10 AM
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cuts Funding for Kids’ Health Studies – “It Works Out Perfectly for Industry”
https://desdemonadespair.net/2019/05/us-environment-agency-cuts-funding-for-kids-health-studies-it-works-out-perfectly-for-industry.html

(Nature) – The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health has tracked the lives of hundreds of children in New York City since 1998. Scientists have collected samples of blood, urine and even the air in children’s homes, starting when their subjects were in the womb, to tease out the health effects of chemicals and pollutants. The centre’s findings influenced New York City’s decision in 2018 to phase out diesel buses, and its staff members teach schools and community groups about the harmful chemicals and pollution that kids encounter each day.

Now, the future of the Columbia facility and a dozen like it is in doubt. Their last grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has provided half of the centres’ funding for two decades, will expire in July — and the agency has decided that it will not renew its support for the facilities.

The programme’s other government sponsor, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) says that it cannot replace the funding that the EPA has historically provided. Scientists at the children’s centres are increasingly worried that the EPA’s withdrawal will force them to shut down decades-long research projects.

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Studies of this length are rare and valuable, because they can reveal associations between environmental exposures early in life and health problems years later. And the mix of threats that kids face changes over time. “Twenty years ago, what we were studying is not the same as what we’re studying today,” says Ruth Etzel, a paediatrician at the EPA who specializes in children’s environmental health. “We have to study children now, in their communities.”

Many environmental-health researchers see the EPA’s decision to cut funding for the children’s centres as part of a push by President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine science at the agency, which is responsible for the safety of US air and water.

“It works out perfectly for industry,” says Tracey Woodruff, who runs the children’s centre at the University of California, San Francisco. When weighing the harms of a chemical against its benefits, she says, “... If EPA doesn’t know, it counts for zero”.

Linda McCauley, an environmental-health researcher at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, who leads the children’s centre there, thinks that the EPA’s personnel moves were designed to benefit the chemical industry, by stymieing research that could suggest the need for new or tougher regulations.

... “That’s how this administration is working,” she says. “They can be effective by slowing things down to a crawl.”


https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01491-1

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05706-9

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tony Mcleod on May 21, 2019, 05:12:52 AM
Very informative and well produce channel called Just Have A Think. The latest offering is an revealing insight into political shenanigans in the Arctic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQwIAFL7i48
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 21, 2019, 10:37:11 AM
E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/climate/epa-air-pollution-deaths.html

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans.

The E.P.A. had originally forecast that eliminating the Obama-era rule, the Clean Power Plan, and replacing it with a new measure would have resulted in an additional 1,400 premature deaths per year. The new analytical model would significantly reduce that number and would most likely be used by the Trump administration to defend further rollbacks of air pollution rules if it is formally adopted.

The proposed shift is the latest example of the Trump administration downgrading the estimates of environmental harm from pollution in regulations. In this case, the proposed methodology would assume there is little or no health benefit to making the air any cleaner than what the law requires. Many experts said that approach was not scientifically sound and that, in the real world, there are no safe levels of the fine particulate pollution associated with the burning of fossil fuels 

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 23, 2019, 09:32:33 AM
Republicans Give Platform to Climate Science Deniers at Hearing On Biodiversity   
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/22/republicans-climate-science-deniers-house-congress

Republicans on a natural resources subcommittee called two prominent science deniers to criticize a landmark report that 1m species are at risk of extinction – largely because of humans, including because of rising temperatures from fossil fuel use and other unsustainable activities.

The conservatives invited Marc Morano, who founded a website to question climate science, and Patrick Moore, the chairman of the CO2 Coalition – which falsely argues that more carbon is good for the planet.

Moore said humans putting carbon dioxide into the environment “are the salvation of life on Earth”. ... Morano was formerly communications director for the GOP senator James Inhofe but now refers to himself as an investigative journalist.

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 23, 2019, 03:09:28 PM
In America this earns you the epithet: "  douche bag (https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/douchebag/)"

California Agencies Fought Fires on Federal Land. Now Trump Won’t Pay In Full 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/23/california-agencies-fought-fires-on-federal-land-now-trump-wont-pay-in-full

As California prepares to enter wildfire season, the Trump administration is holding back millions of dollars in requested reimbursement to local fire agencies for battling wildfires on federal lands last year.

After the most destructive and expensive season on record, California issued a $72m reimbursement request for local firefighting efforts on federal lands. Rather than reimburse the local agencies in full, the US forest service audited the agreement that made this exchange possible and is now withholding $9m.

... The forest service’s audit comes after Donald Trump repeatedly blamed California’s forest management for the wildfires that killed dozens last year. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests,” he tweeted. “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

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In other news ....

Days Trump has spent at Mar a Lago: 91

Cost of flights to Mar a Lago (24 so far):* ~$47,288,000

Days Trump has spent at Bedminster: 58

Cost of flights to Bedminster (19 so far):* ~$14,392,000 


https://trumpgolfcount.com

https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trumps-business-plan-left-a-trail-of-unpaid-bills-1465504454

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/85297274
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 28, 2019, 03:51:21 PM
In Climate Fight, Trump Will Put Science On Trial 
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/us/politics/trump-climate-science.amp.html

Advisory Panel Goal - Debase the Research, Sow Doubt on Risks of Warming

... In the most recent example, the White House-appointed director of the United States Geological Survey, James Reilly, a former astronaut and petroleum geologist, has ordered that scientific assessments produced by that office use only computer-generated climate models that project the impact of climate change through 2040, rather than through the end of the century, as had been done previously.

Scientists say that would give a misleading picture because the biggest effects of current emissions will be felt after 2040
. Models show that the planet will most likely warm at about the same rate through about 2050. From that point until the end of the century, however, the rate of warming differs significantly with an increase or decrease in carbon emissions.

“What we have here is a pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science — to push the science in a direction that’s consistent with their politics,” said Philip B. Duffy, the president of the Woods Hole Research Center, who served on a National Academy of Sciences panel that reviewed the government’s most recent National Climate Assessment. “It reminds me of the Soviet Union.”

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The push to alter the results of at least some climate science reports, several officials said, came after November’s release of the second volume of the National Climate Assessment.

That is why officials are now discussing how to influence the conclusions of the next National Climate Assessment.

“They’ve started talking about how they can produce the next National Climate Assessment report that doesn’t lead to some silly alarmist predictions about the future,” said Myron Ebell, who heads the energy program at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an industry-funded research organization, and who led the administration’s transition at the E.P.A.

A key change, he said, would be to emphasize historic temperatures rather than models of future atmospheric temperatures, and to eliminate the “worst-case scenarios” of the effect of increased carbon dioxide pollution — sometimes referred to as “business as usual” scenarios because they imply no efforts to curb emissions.

“It is very unfortunate and potentially even quite damaging that the Trump administration behaves this way,” said Johan Rockström, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. “There is this arrogance and disrespect for scientific advancement — this very demoralizing lack of respect for your own experts and agencies.”

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The Trump Administration Reportedly Stepping Up War Against Climate Science by Forcing Scientists to Omit Key Details from Major Report
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-administration-stepping-up-its-war-against-climate-science-2019-5
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on May 29, 2019, 11:01:59 PM
Natural Gas Is Now Called 'Freedom Gas,' According to the Department of Energy
https://earther.gizmodo.com/natural-gas-is-now-called-freedom-gas-according-to-the-1835093636

Jingoistic nationalism and promoting fossil fuels go hand in hand for the Trump administration. But the Department of Energy took that connection to a new level on Tuesday with a press release touting natural gas as “freedom gas” full of—I feel stupid even typing this—“molecules of U.S. freedom.”

Which I guess means we now definitively know the cost of freedom: According to the global market, it’s $2.64 per million BTUs as of Wednesday late morning.


... We get it. The agency loves gas and the Republican construct of American freedom and the big, strong men that work on natural gas fields and fracking rigs. But in case that wasn’t clear enough, the press release adds this quote from Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg:
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... “With the U.S. in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world.”
Comparing the U.S. concept of freedom to a combustible mix of hydrocarbons like methane is actually pretty spot on these days, but something tells me that’s not what the assistant secretary was going for. ... But beyond the farcical language, nothing could be further from the truth about natural gas being a pathway to freedom.

Natural gas is a source of methane and carbon dioxide, both greenhouse gases that are cooking the planet. Exporting it locks countries into generating energy from a dirty fuel and puts the world on track to climate chaos.

It has as much in common with 'freedom' as this:

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There's a Climate Crisis – But Trump's Cabinet Continues to Backtrack On Science
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/29/climate-crisis-science-trump-cabinet

... As Naomi Klein argues, even the right’s fervent conspiracy theorists tend to understand at some level how profound the implications of this crisis are for business as usual, which has distributed its profits among elites of both parties. With Donald Trump at their helm, Republicans will keep denying climate change because it represents a dire threat to their fossil fuel donors’ bottom lines.

Members of Trump’s cabinet,” Klein has written, “with their desperate need to deny the reality of global warming, or belittle its implications”, nonetheless “understand something that is fundamentally true. To avert climate chaos, we need to challenge the free-market fundamentalism that has conquered the world since the 1980s.”

For all their bluster and junk science, Republican decision-makers have a clear sense for their own self-interest – and just how much is at stake for them and the rest of the 1%. ... As the New York Times reported in its article on the White House’s new climate plans, both William Happer and John Bolton – who tapped him for the administration – have received generous support from the Mercers, the rightwing family credited with both spreading climate denial and helping fuel the opioid epidemic.

We can’t know whether Happer genuinely believes the nonsense he’s spouting, or is just being paid well enough to sound like he does. The answer doesn’t really matter. Any clear-eyed assessment of what the science is telling us spells out who the winners and losers of rapid decarbonization would be. To cap warming at around 2C – a threshold many already dealing with climate impacts argue is too high – about three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves will need to be kept underground, a reality that if realized as public policy would crater the stock price of energy companies.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: b_lumenkraft on June 02, 2019, 07:28:23 AM
Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis.

Now, after two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault.

In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change.

And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.

Link >> https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/us/politics/trump-climate-science.html
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on June 05, 2019, 04:24:18 PM
Government Argues for Halt to Youth Climate Lawsuit, Saying 'There is No Constitutional Right to a Stable Climate'
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/06/04/government-argues-halt-youth-climate-lawsuit-saying-there-is-no-constitutional-right-stable-climate/

A group of young Americans who have spent nearly four years trying to compel the federal government to take action on climate change found themselves back in court Tuesday, arguing that their unprecedented lawsuit should move forward.

And the Trump administration, like the Obama administration before it, was there to argue once again that the lawsuit should be tossed out before it ever goes to trial, both because the plaintiffs do not meet the legal requirements to bring such a suit and because “there is no fundamental constitutional right to a ‘stable climate system.’ ”

... Julia Olson, the attorney for the plaintiffs and executive director of Our Children’s Trust, insisted that her clients — a majority of whom are now old enough to vote — had been deprived of their fundamental rights as a result of government policies that fuel global warming. The group’s goal is to compel the government to scale back its support for fossil-fuel extraction and production and to support policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“When our great-grandchildren look back on the 21st century, they will see that government-sanctioned climate destruction was the constitutional issue of this century,” Olson said. “We must be a nation that applies the rule of law to harmful government conduct that threatens the lives of our children, so that they can grow up free and pursue their happiness. That is what the founders intended.”

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Trump, Pressed on the Environment in U.K. Visit, Says Climate Change Goes ‘Both Ways’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/trump-pressed-on-the-environment-in-uk-visit-says-climate-change-goes-both-ways/2019/06/05/77c8750c-8717-11e9-9d73-e2ba6bbf1b9b_story.html

His eldest daughter, Ivanka, could not change his mind.

His former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, could not change his mind.

Scores of international scientists could not change his mind.

And now, President Trump, who has called global warming a “Chinese hoax” and pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, appears similarly unmoved by an appeal from British royalty.

The president left a 90-minute meeting this week with Charles, Prince of Wales, unconvinced that the climate is warming, which it is, according to overwhelming scientific consensus.

But the president has other beliefs.

“I believe that there’s a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain” that aired Wednesday morning. “Don’t forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn’t working. Then it was called climate change. Now it’s actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can’t miss.”

... the president blamed China, India and Russia for polluting the environment and said the United States was responsible for “among the cleanest climates.”

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on June 07, 2019, 06:55:34 PM
USA Lags Behind EU, Brazil and China in Banning Harmful Pesticides
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-usa-lags-eu-brazil-china.html

Many pesticides that have been banned or are being phased out in the EU, Brazil and China, are still widely used in the USA, according to a study published in the open access journal Environmental Health.

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Study author Nathan Donley at the Center for Biological Diversity, USA said: "The USA is generally regarded as being highly regulated and having protective pesticide safeguards in place. This study contradicts that narrative and finds that in fact, in the last couple of decades, nearly all pesticide cancellations in the USA have been done voluntarily by the pesticide industry for sagging sales and economic reasons. Without a change in the US Environmental Protection Agency's current reliance on voluntary mechanisms for cancellations, the USA will likely continue to lag behind its peers in banning harmful pesticides."

Donley identified pesticides that are approved for outdoor agricultural use in the USA and compared them to pesticides approved in the EU, China and Brazil. The researcher found that 72, 17 and 11 pesticides are approved for use in the USA which are banned or in the process of being phased out in the EU, Brazil and China, respectively. In addition, Donley identified 85, 13 and two pesticides as being approved in the USA but banned or in the process of being phased out in at least one of the three, two of the three, or all three other agricultural nations, respectively.

Of the 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides used in US agriculture in 2016, approximately 322 million pounds were pesticides banned in the EU, 40 million pounds were pesticides banned in China and nearly 26 million pounds were pesticides banned in Brazil. More than ten percent of total pesticide use in the USA was from pesticide ingredients either banned, not approved or of unknown status in all three of the other nations.

Nathan Donley, The USA lags behind other agricultural nations in banning harmful pesticides (https://phys.org/news/2019-06-usa-lags-eu-brazil-china.html), Environmental Health (2019).
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on June 09, 2019, 05:04:15 AM
White House Tried to Stop Climate Science Testimony, Documents Show
https://www.axios.com/white-house-blocks-testimony-climate-change-not-following-administrations-views-e1d26240-955e-4cf0-a087-9c1d61440a8b.html

White House Blocked Intelligence Agency’s Written Testimony Calling Climate Change ‘Possibly Catastrophic
https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEOutStDmvGsQorGneirD1YgqGAgEKg8IACoHCAowjtSUCjC30XQwzqe5AQ?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

Testimony: https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/1103-rod-schoonover-testimony/9ea6b07179b17035421f/optimized/full.pdf#page=1

White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change is “possibly catastrophic.”

The move came after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to federal scientific findings on climate change.... The reasoning, according to a June 4 email seen by The New York Times, was that the science did not match the Trump administration’s views.


The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the prepared testimony by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research comes as the Trump administration is debating how best to challenge the fact that burning fossil fuels is warming the planet and could pose serious risks unless the world makes deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Senior military and intelligence officials have continued to warn climate change could undermine America’s national security — a position President Trump rejects.

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Officials from the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, and National Security Council all raised objections to parts of the testimony that Rod Schoonover, who works in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, prepared to present on the bureau’s behalf for a hearing Wednesday.

The document lays out in stark detail the implications of what the administration faces in light of rising carbon emissions that the world has not curbed.

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“Absent extensive mitigating factors or events, we see few plausible future scenarios where significant — possibly catastrophic — harm does not arise from the compounded effects of climate change,” the document said.
https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/1103-rod-schoonover-testimony/9ea6b07179b17035421f/optimized/full.pdf#page=1

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s 12-page prepared testimony, obtained by The Washington Post on Friday, includes a detailed description of how rising greenhouse gas emissions are raising global temperatures and acidifying the world’s oceans. It warns that these changes are contributing to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

“Climate-linked events are disruptive to humans and societies when they harm people directly or substantially weaken the social, political, economic, environmental, or infrastructure systems that support people,” the statement reads. Noting that while some populations may benefit from climate change, it said “the balance of documented evidence to date suggests that net negative effects will overwhelm the positive benefits from climate change for most of the world.”

The document sounds the alarms on several fronts, outlining two dozen ways that “climate-linked stresses” could affect human society. It identifies nine tipping points that could transform the Earth’s system, including “rapid melting in West Antarctic or Greenland ice masses” along with “rapid die-offs of many critically important species, such as coral or insects” and a “massive release of carbon” from methane that is now frozen in the earth. It warns that because scientists have not been able to calculate the likelihood of these thresholds being reached, “crossing them is possible over any future timeframe.”

“The Earth’s climate is unequivocally undergoing a long-term warming trend, as established by decades of scientific measurements and multiple, independent lines of evidence,” he said, adding later: “Climate change effects could undermine important international systems on which the U.S. is critically dependent, such as trade routes, food and energy supplies, the global economy and domestic stability abroad.”

The prepared testimony also notes that 18 of the past 20 years have ranked as the warmest on record, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, “and the last five years have been the warmest five.”

The White House proposed eliminating all of these scientific references.
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... Francesco Femia, chief executive of the Council on Strategic Risks and co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, questioned why the White House would not have allowed an intelligence official to offer a written statement that would be entered into the permanent record.

“This is an intentional failure of the White House to perform a core duty: inform the American public of the threats we face. It’s dangerous and unacceptable,” Femia said in an email Friday. “Any attempt to suppress information on the security risks of climate change threatens to leave the American public vulnerable and unsafe.”

... Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy group, said that it was common for the White House to vet agency testimony to Congress to ensure it did not contradict administration policy.

But, he said, “I have never heard of basic facts being deleted from or blocked from testimony.” Mr. Ornstein said withholding the analyst’s written testimony was significant. A verbal presentation could be interpreted as an individual’s position, he said, but “the written testimony is a more formal expression of a department.”

On almost every page of Dr. Schoonover’s testimony, the National Security Council offered comments and criticisms, according to a document that tracks changes.

Two people familiar with the document said the notes were from William Happer, a physicist and White House adviser on the council who denies the established scientific consensus on global warming.

“This is not objective testimony at all,” one comment read. “It includes lots of climate alarm propaganda that is not science at all. I am embarrassed to have this go out on behalf of the executive branch of the Federal Government.”

Another comment objects to the phrase “tipping point” to describe when the planet reaches a threshold of irreversible climate change. “‘Tipping points’ is a propaganda slogan for the scientifically illiterate,” the comment reads. “They were a favorite of Al Gore’s science adviser, James Hansen.”

Dr. Schoonover’s testimony noted that his analysis drew from peer-reviewed scientific journals and work produced by top United States government scientists. That, too, came under attack from the National Security Council, which said that “a consensus of peer reviewed literature has nothing to do with the truth.”

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on June 13, 2019, 12:53:24 AM
Trump is not the only one...

Hungary scientists 'alarmed' at planned government takeover
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-hungary-scientists-alarmed-takeover.html

Hungary's top scientific body warned Wednesday that a planned takeover of research institutes by Prime Minister Viktor Orban (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/world/europe/hungary-migrant-abuse-report.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FOrban%2C%20Viktor) "threatens" academic freedom and provides an "alarming" blueprint for other EU governments to follow.

Last week Orban's government tabled a bill in parliament that would give it control of a vast network of research institutes currently run by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA).

The move is "against European principles of research funding and threatens academic freedom," Laszlo Lovasz, MTA president, told reporters in Budapest.

"An unbalanced role for government priorities and control in science may soon become an alarming example that could be followed by other EU governments wanting to exert influence over researchers," he added.

Lovasz said the reforms have alarmed "the vast majority of Hungarian scientists," arguing that the shake-up is partly because MTA experts have criticised government policies in recent years.

Under the legislation, which could be voted on as soon as next week, a new institution with board members appointed by Orban would allocate funding for research.

This body would also use the MTA's properties and part of its administration.

... Orban's critics say that since coming to power in 2010 he has tightened his power over most key institutions in Hungary, including public media, the judiciary and the education sector.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 13, 2019, 05:40:13 PM
3 GOP EPA ex-heads call out Trump as "undermining science":
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-energy-202/2019/06/12/the-energy-202-just-do-your-jobs-ex-epa-chiefs-go-off-on-trump-administration/5d00011a1ad2e55f2de7c082/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d45bd649d556
and https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republican-epa-chiefs-accuse-trump-undermining-science/story?id=63631502&cid=social_twitter_abcn
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on June 15, 2019, 09:02:00 AM
White House Physicist Sought Aid of Rightwing Thinktank to Challenge Climate Science 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/14/white-house-physicist-sought-aid-of-rightwing-thinktank-to-challenge-climate-science

A member of the Trump administration’s National Security Council has sought help from advisers of a conservative thinktank to challenge the reality of a human-induced climate crisis, a trove of his emails show.

(https://www.nationofchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/climatedenierss-e1473192343744.jpg)

William Happer, a physicist appointed by the White House to counter the federal government’s own climate science, reached out to the Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that burning fossil fuels is causing dangerous global heating, in March.

In the messages, part of a group of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Happer and the Heartland adviser Hal Doiron discuss Happer’s scientific arguments in a paper attempting to knock down the concept of climate emergency, as well as ideas to make the work “more useful to a wider readership”. Happer writes he had already discussed the work with another Heartland adviser, Thomas Wysmuller.

The emails from 2018 and 2019, received by the Environmental Defense Fund and provided to the Associated Press, also show Happer’s dismay that Jim Bridenstine, the Nasa administrator, had come round to accepting the science of climate breakdown.

In May 2018, an exchange between Happer and Heartland’s Wysmuller called Bridenstine’s change of heart “a puzzle” and copied in the Nasa administrator to urge him to “systematically sidestep” established science on temperature increases and sea level rise that the duo call “nonsense”.


This was followed by a February 2019 email in which Happer relays a complaint to James Morhard, Nasa’s deputy administrator, about climate crisis information on the space agency’s website. “I’m concerned that many children are being indoctrinated by this bad science,” said the email that Happer forwarded.

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... “These people are endangering all of us by promoting anti-science in service of fossil fuel interests over the American interests,” Michael Mann, a Pennsylvania State University climate scientist, told the AP. 
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 15, 2019, 07:47:24 PM
Trump official consults deniers:
https://time.com/5607109/william-happer-trump-official-emails-climate-change-rejecters/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on June 16, 2019, 10:51:12 AM
83 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back Under Trump 
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html
https://desdemonadespair.net/2019/06/83-environmental-rules-being-rolled-back-under-trump.html

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[cf. Trump regulation rollbacks will result in more than 200 million tons of additional greenhouse emissions each year – “The Trump administration has taken historically unprecedented actions to roll back years of environmental progress” –Des]

(The New York Times) – President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/business/white-house-boasts-of-its-savings-in-regulatory-rollback.html). His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other big businesses.

A New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts more than 80 environmental rules and regulations on the way out under Mr. Trump.

Our list represents two types of policy changes: rules that were officially reversed and rollbacks still in progress. The Trump administration has released an aggressive schedule to try to finalize many of these rollbacks this year.

The Trump administration has often used a “one-two punch” when rolling back environmental rules, said Caitlin McCoy, a fellow in the Environmental and Energy Law Program at Harvard Law School who tracks regulatory rollbacks. “First a delay rule to buy some time, and then a final substantive rule.”

All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and lead to thousands of extra deaths from poor air quality every year, according to a recent report prepared by New York University Law School's State Energy and Environmental Impact Center. ...

Harvard Regulatory Rollback Tracker 
https://eelp.law.harvard.edu/regulatory-rollback-tracker/

Columbia Climate Deregulation Tracker   
http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/resources/climate-deregulation-tracker/

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USDA plan to move offices sparks concerns about research   
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-usda-offices.html

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will relocate two research agencies' headquarters to the Kansas City area, delighting Kansas and Missouri officials but intensifying critics' fears that research will suffer and be less accessible to federal policymakers. 

Critics said the research agencies have lost veteran employees and been unable to fill vacancies since the USDA announced last year it was considering moving their headquarters. Opponents also argued that moving them will make it harder for federal policymakers to get objective research that might raise questions about President Donald Trump's policies.

"This is a blatant attack on science and will especially hurt farmers, ranchers and eaters at a particularly vulnerable time," said Mike Lavender, a senior manager for the scientist group's Food and Environment Program.

... The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents workers at the two research agencies, also denounced the plan. Employees at both recently unionized.

J. David Cox Sr., the union's national president, said the move will make it harder for the USDA research agencies to coordinate with other science and research agencies.

"We will continue to work with Congress and other parties to fight this wrongheaded proposal, which is little more than a backdoor way to slash the workforce and silence the parts of the agencies' research that the administration views as inconvenient," Cox said in a statement
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 18, 2019, 10:26:58 PM
Order to trim scince panels sparks outrage:
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/448981-trumps-order-to-trim-science-advisory-panels-sparks-outrage

More on Bridenstine:
https://qz.com/1646340/trumps-white-house-pressures-nasa-on-climate-science/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: FlyingLotus on June 19, 2019, 07:38:53 PM
The US is rapidly turning into Saudi America. Now that we're producing record levels of oil and are quickly turning into a oil exporter, it will only become harder to pass something like the Green New Deal. Canada is even more thethered to oil than the US - notice how weak Trudeau has been on climate issues...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on June 21, 2019, 05:05:22 PM
The US is rapidly turning into Saudi America. Now that we're producing record levels of oil and are quickly turning into a oil exporter, it will only become harder to pass something like the Green New Deal. Canada is even more thethered to oil than the US - notice how weak Trudeau has been on climate issues...
Welcome FlyingLotus. Re: The short leash that Oil has on Canada

Canada's Climate Emergency Declaration Is Just Empty Words
https://earther.gizmodo.com/canadas-climate-emergency-declaration-is-just-empty-wor-1835630454

Cognitive dissonance: Canada declares a national climate emergency and approves a pipeline

On Monday, Canada’s Liberal Party voted en masse to declare a climate emergency in the House of Commons. Then on Tuesday, the Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion that, when completed, will pump 590,000 barrels of highly-polluting tar sands oil from Alberta to British Columbia.

... Burning that oil will release still more carbon dioxide. In short, it’s as if words have no meaning. While declaring a climate emergency is becoming somewhat vogue, the world continues to act like it’s business as usual ensuring more calamity is ahead.

... Canada’s 'climate emergency' declaration is non-binding. That means it’s a bunch of nice words with no enforcement mechanism compelling the government to act.

... Canada’s pledge to the Paris Agreement and the policies its put in place to meet its goal have been deemed “insufficient” by the Climate Action Tracker. The country isn’t committed to doing its fair share and if all governments followed Canada’s lead, we’d be looking at catastrophic global warming of about 3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. Canada’s emissions also rose in 2017, the last year with data available.

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... It’s a bitter irony that the Canadian climate emergency declaration frets (rightly) that First Nations are “particularly vulnerable to its [climate change’s] effects” while the next day it ignored their voices by approving the pipeline.

... Trudeau government now says: We considered all those factors and decided the pipeline is still in the best interests of all concerned. Well, that was predictable. What was not, however, is the statement by the government that the profits generated by the Trans Mountain pipeline will be used to boost renewable energy projects and support clean tech research within the country.

Isn’t that like saying child pornography is OK as long as the money it brings in is put into a college fund for the children involved? Could Canada possibly be any more hypocritical?

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/06/19/hypocrisy-thy-name-is-canada-trans-mountain-pipeline-profits-to-fund-green-energy-projects/

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Miners Tell Trump Silica Dust Rule ‘Desperately’ Needed to Curb Black Lung Disease
https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/06/07/528674.htm

The head of the national coal miners’ union on Thursday urged the Trump administration to impose regulation on silica dust in mines, which researchers believe is responsible for a resurgence of black lung disease in central Appalachia.

The demand from United Mineworkers of America president Cecil Roberts comes as President Donald Trump tries to pump up U.S. coal production, mainly by rolling back regulations he deems burdensome to the industry.

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Trump's response:

U.S. Mine Regulator Says No Rush On Silica Limits, Despite Black Lung Worries
https://www.physiciansweekly.com/u-s-mine-regulator-says/

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. federal agency in charge of mine safety said on Thursday he has no plans to fast-track new limits for coal miner exposure to silica dust because he believes exposure rates are already falling.

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...  setting an “emergency standard” that set limits on the amount of crystalline silica miners can be exposed to would be “uncalled for.”

Government research and reports from black lung disease clinics in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky show the incidence of black lung rebounding despite improved safety measures adopted decades ago that had almost eradicated the progressive respiratory disease.

Researchers, including at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, believe the resurgence is due to an increase in quartz rock blasting to reach deeper mine seams, a practice that produces large amounts of silica dust.

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Let the 'little people' die

......

Max : How long are you in for?
Pigkiller : The big one. Life.
Max : For killing a pig mining coal?
Pigkiller : I had to feed the kids. Ah, it doesn't bother me. Down here, life's two, three years.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - 1985


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William Happer: Trump Aide Pushing Climate Denial Inside the White House
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/21/william-happer-trump-white-house-climate-crisis

The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council – and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong

... Happer’s position veers far to the right of the typical conservative who questions the severity of the climate crisis.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Archimid on June 23, 2019, 08:14:47 PM
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William Happer: Trump Aide Pushing Climate Denial Inside the White House
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/21/william-happer-trump-white-house-climate-crisis

The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council – and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong

... Happer’s position veers far to the right of the typical conservative who questions the severity of the climate crisis.



Happer is basically an Anatoly Stepanovich Dyatlov from the series Chernobyl. He thinks he knows so much that when reality challenges belief, reality is wrong.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on July 25, 2019, 06:03:08 PM
GOP Senators Wanted to Stop Climate Change Training for Weathercasters. It Backfired
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-gop-senators-climate-weathercasters-backfired.html

In the long and fraught battle to persuade Americans that the Earth's climate is changing, scientists increasingly have relied on a stalwart ally—television weather forecasters.

TV weather people increasingly have been connecting hotter days and nights, extreme weather events, even increases in poison ivy and pollen, to the planet's slow and steady warming. Many of those reports have been informed and powered by a nonprofit educational organization, Climate Central.

While TV meteorologists have been gobbling up reports and camera-ready graphics on climate change, the work of the New Jersey-based group has alarmed those who seek to cast doubt on the science that defines global warming. Last year, four climate skeptics in the U.S. Senate demanded an investigation of the $4 million in federal funding provided for the Climate Central program, saying it "is not science—it is propagandizing."

After a nearly yearlong review, however, the National Science Foundation's inspector general has rejected the claim by the four Republicans—Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and James M. Inhofe and James Lankford, both of Oklahoma. The inspector general's review "did not reveal any evidence that limitations on political activity ... were violated," a memorandum summarizing the investigation said.

... The four GOP senators wrote their letter of protest to the National Science Foundation in June 2018. It charged that the agency had "issued several grants which seek to influence political and social debate rather than conduct scientific research." Addressed to NSF Inspector General Allison Lerner, the letter suggested the agency had strayed from its mission to support science and possibly violated the Hatch Act, the federal law that prohibits federal employees from taking public political positions.

The senators said they found it suspicious that Climate Central targeted TV meteorologists, a group once shown in some surveys to have mixed views on the reality of human-caused climate change. The science foundation's oversight of Climate Central was "egregious," the senators said, because it supported work "designed to 'recruit' experts to a position they did not come to of their own accord as meteorologists."

Steve LaPointe, a weatherman in upstate New York, said it was the Republican senators who were engaging in politics, not Climate Central.

"Climate Central provides high-quality information. It's all scientifically based, extremely well researched and well vetted," said LaPointe of WRGB in Albany. "This is a group of senators that deny science, for whatever reason. I am gratified to know that the National Science Foundation defined this as science and supported it."

The senators did not respond to the findings from inspector general. They also did not answer inquiries from the Los Angeles Times.

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I'm a scientist. Under Trump I lost my job for refusing to hide climate crisis facts
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/25/trump-administration-climate-crisis-denying-scientist

The Trump administration’s hostility towards climate science is not new. Interior climate staffer Joel Clement’s reassignment and the blocking of intelligence aide Rod Schoonover’s climate testimony, which forced both federal employees to resign in protest, are just two of the innumerable examples. These attempts to suppress climate science can manifest themselves in many ways. It starts with burying important climate reports and becomes something more insidious like stopping climate scientists from doing their jobs. In February 2019, I lost my job because I was a climate scientist in a climate-denying administration. ...

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/24/trump-presidential-seal-doctored-russia-golf-turning-point
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/25/trump-appears-altered-presidential-seal-turning-point-usa-event/1824386001/

WASHINGTON – Speaking on Tuesday at a student activist conference hosted by the conservative advocacy organization Turning Point USA, President Donald Trump walked onstage in front of a presidential seal that, upon closer examination, appears to have been altered to include symbols representing Russia and golf.

The seal on Trump's right includes a double-headed eagle, unlike the single head of the traditional presidential seal, and seems to resemble the Russian coat of arms.

The eagle also appears to be holding several golf clubs instead of arrows in its claws, perhaps a reference to Trump's affinity for golf.

Additionally, instead of "e pluribus unum," the scroll above the eagle appears to say "45 es un titere," which appears to translate from Spanish to mean "45 is a puppet."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on July 27, 2019, 12:16:03 AM
It has to be said that with a few exceptions, the Trump Administrations war on science is succeeding. The thickos in the White House and Congress will never understand that science is a fabric of strands of a billion colours, and all the threads are connected.  The science that underpins a climate model is the science that underpins a tornado warning and any weather forecast, and a major part of the science that built the cell-phone.

Tear one part of the fabric apart and the whole is compromised. The USA's current supreme position of power and wealth is based on new industries that are in turn were only possible through advances in science.

Those who wish to see the USA in decline can only wish Trump continued success. Unfortunately the USA will take many others down with it.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/26/war-on-science-trump-administration-muzzles-climate-experts-critics-say
War on science: Trump administration muzzles climate experts, critics say
Whistleblowers and groups tracking agency decisions say administration is ignoring science and censoring expertise

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One former climate scientist for the National Park Service, Maria Caffrey, filed a whistleblower complaint this week and testified to Congress that she was blocked from publishing data about how coastal parks could flood as the seas rise.

“Politics has no place in science,” Caffrey said in an oped for the Guardian. “I am an example of the less discussed methods the administration is using to destroy scientific research. I wasn’t fired and immediately told to leave; instead they sought retribution by discretely using governmental bureaucracy to apply pressure and gradually cut funding.”

Caffrey’s allegations follow a trend. A state department intelligence aide resigned after the White House refused to let him submit written testimony to lawmakers about “possibly catastrophic” harm from the climate crisis.

Interior department climate staffer Joel Clement was reassigned from his position, and he told lawmakers this month that there is a “culture of fear, censorship and suppression”, within the administration.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences director, Linda Birnbaum, who spoke about the need for the public and Congress to work together on stronger regulations on pesticides was accused by Republicans of violating anti-lobbying laws. She announced earlier this month that she plans to retire.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration nixed references to climate change on a page explaining how workers and managers can handle heat-related health risks.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recategorized some of its work from “climate science” to “ecosystems” and removed about 40 pages that focused on climate change. The transportation department took down most of a climate change “clearinghouse” of information.

The administration has argued that it makes sense to change its websites because it has different priorities than the Obama administration. Eric Nost, a co-author of the analysis, said that’s not fair.

“You can have different priorities related to climate and how you address it … but what we’re seeing is a lot of obfuscation of really fundamental resources and information related to the issue itself with little notice that things are changing,” Nost said.

Lauren Kurtz – who is tracking evidence of censorship for a database by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Climate Science Legal Defense Fund – said it extends beyond the climate crisis, to pesticide safety and reproductive health.

Kurtz said the 105 public incidences of censorship the groups found are “part of a larger trend of disputing scientific realities for political reasons”.

Plans to move agencies out of Washington
Many other less obvious Trump changes are expected to minimize the importance of expertise and cripple regulators seeking to protect people and the environment, observers say.

The administration plans to move multiple agency offices out of the Washington region and into the middle of the country. Employees at the Bureau of Land Management who are willing to leave could be sent to Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona – states closer to the drilling the bureau oversees but far from the government hub in Washington.

Employees at two sub-agencies of the agriculture department that provide key data and fund emerging research will be moved to Kansas City, Missouri.

Laura Dodson, union steward for the Economic Research Service, said many of the staffers will not move and there is a small pool of people who are qualified to replace them.

“If we were to hire, say, 20% of all the agriculture economics PhDs on the market each year, it would still take us probably five to 10 years to get up to full staffing,” she said. She added that the agency would be competing against other federal agencies, land grant universities, nonprofits and corporations. And some positions are “extremely specialized”, with only a handful of qualified candidates in the country, she said.

So far, Dodson said her agency plans to cancel research projects on: rental housing in rural America, health insurance of farm households, glyphosate resistance of corn and soybeans, rural small business financial capital and healthier American diets.

The conservation and environment branch of the agency could see its numbers dwindle from 15 full-time PhDs to three, Dodson added.

An agency climate scientist will not be moving to the new office, she said. He recently published findings that taxpayers could be on the hook for significantly more spending on subsidizing crop insurance for farms as the climate crisis intensifies.

An employee with the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), who is choosing to retire early rather than move to Kansas City, said the move will hamstring the agency from identifying critical problems in agriculture and directing money to them.

“This is not what we planned when we joined NIFA,” the source said. “We still believe in our mission, we care for the people we work with but most of us have no stomach for USDA anymore.”

‘Continuous erosion of science’
At the EPA, administrator Andrew Wheeler – a former industry lobbyist – is enacting sweeping changes to which scientists the agency will consult and what research it will consider.

Under Trump, the agency dissolved an expert panel that provided advice on tiny particles of air pollution linked with earlier deaths and especially harmful for children, pregnant women and the elderly.

The EPA fired many of its science advisers, replacing them with researchers from Republican states and industry, rather than universities.

An independent government watchdog recently found the agency’s secret process for overhauling the committees ignored standard procedures.

Wheeler is also moving to prevent the EPA from considering key public health studies that don’t reveal their data, which is difficult for medical researchers for privacy reasons.

And the EPA is refusing to consider certain health benefits of rules to cut pollution when it weighs overall costs of proposals.

Wheeler is also changing how the agency releases public records through the Freedom of Information Act, giving political appointees more oversight of the process. Two environmental groups are suing over the change. Many have turned to the courts to force the EPA to hand over documents and internal records. The Environmental Defense Fund yesterday sued the agency for records on former administrator Scott Pruitt’s plans to debate the legitimacy of climate science.

“It’s the continuous erosion of science,” said Chris Zarba, the former director of EPA’s science advisory board staff. “I think it’s obvious that this, all of these changes, are all pointing in the same direction and that direction is to give special interests greater say. Science is getting in the way of what special interests want.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 06, 2019, 10:29:39 PM
Top climate scientist quits USDA over Trump:
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/05/ziska-usda-climate-agriculture-trump-1445271
and https://thinkprogress.org/climate-ipcc-usda-agriculture-emissions-science-relocation-fallout-trump-845a61311bd3/
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 08, 2019, 08:29:57 PM
The Navy Created the Pentagon's First Climate Task Force—Now It’s Dead
https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-navy-created-the-pentagons-first-climate-task-force-1837062447

In a move that fails to surprise anyone, the U.S. Navy has killed its Task Force Climate Change. This happened back in March but remained mostly a rumor until E&E News reported the news Wednesday.

The U.S. Navy Task Force Climate Change was the first of its kind for the Department of Defense. The Obama administration created the task force in 2009 with the goal of preparing naval forces for a melting Arctic, sea-level rise, and changing storm patterns, among other things.

Climate change poses a major national security threat to U.S. forces; this force was a reaction to that. And now it’s gone.

Even the Navy’s landing page for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change is seemingly dead.

A Navy spokesperson told E&E News that the task force was shut down because its duties are “no longer needed.” Another entity is handling the processes the force was responsible for, according to E&E, but the Navy failed to say who or what is now taking charge of this important work.

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Mission Accomplished!
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 09, 2019, 02:57:09 AM
Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Wild Animal
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/08/trump-authorizes-cyanide-bombs-wildlife-services

The Trump administration has reauthorized government officials to use controversial poison devices – dubbed “cyanide bombs” by critics – to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals across the US.

The spring-loaded traps, called M-44s, are filled with sodium cyanide and are most frequently deployed by Wildlife Services, a federal agency in the US Department of Agriculture that kills vast numbers of wild animals each year, primarily for the benefit of private farmers and ranchers.

In 2018, Wildlife Services reported that its agents had dispatched more than 1.5 million native animals, from beavers to black bears, wolves, ducks and owls. Roughly 6,500 of them were killed by M-44s.

According to an analysis provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, which is a leading opponent of M-44s, 99.9% of all comments received by the EPA opposed the reauthorization of sodium cyanide for predator control purposes.

On Tuesday, after completing the first phase of a routine review, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would allow sodium cyanide’s continued use in M-44s across the country on an interim basis.

... In 2017, a teenage boy named Canyon Mansfield was hiking with his dog in the woods behind his family’s home in Pocatello, Idaho when Mansfield’s dog triggered a cyanide trap that sprayed a plume of poison dust into the air. The dog died on the spot and Mansfield was rushed to the hospital, where he ultimately recovered. His parents are suing Wildlife Services over the poisoning.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: DrTskoul on August 09, 2019, 03:01:57 AM
Did they took that practice from the nazis ?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 09, 2019, 03:20:20 AM
Did they took that practice from the nazis ?
I'm sure they started with animals to.

... Within two minutes of inhaling 70 mg of hydrogen cyanide gas (Zyklon B), death occurs in a human being weighing 68 kilograms (150 lb).
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: petm on August 09, 2019, 04:19:25 AM
Trump is such a stupid mean f*ck. Do us all a favor and set one of those off in the Whitehouse.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: DrTskoul on August 09, 2019, 04:53:13 AM
Did they took that practice from the nazis ?
I'm sure they started with animals to.

... Within two minutes of inhaling 70 mg of hydrogen cyanide gas (Zyklon B), death occurs in a human being weighing 68 kilograms (150 lb).

Yeap, since my father was a goldsmith, I have handled many kg of sodium cyanide...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 10, 2019, 08:12:17 PM
Trump Administration Throws Cold Water On Climate Change Threat to Coral Reefs
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-trump-administration-cold-climate-threat.html

... White House aides are casting doubt on the significance of a climate threat to a key battleground state: the degradation of coral reefs in Florida.

Weeks before, a senior intelligence analyst at the State Department had submitted a draft of planned testimony to Congress detailing the national security implications of climate change for White House review.

Among the edits that the analyst, Rod Schoonover, received back from the White House was a novel argument. National Security Council officials issued a challenge to the scientific consensus that warming oceans pose an intensifying mortal threat to coral reef systems, home to a quarter of all marine life and a vital resource in the global food market.

In the past decade, 90-95% of coral on the Florida Reef have died or incurred severe damage, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which estimates the reef sustains roughly 70,000 jobs in South Florida and generates over $4.4 billion in annual sales.

"There is no evidence that coral bleaching is intensifying now or will in the future," reads the comment, attributed to the NSC. Two sources said it was written by William Happer, a prominent skeptic of climate change. "Coral reefs have bleached and usually recovered throughout their evolutionary history."

That position has spooked government experts who have worked in marine biology for decades, and who in recent years sounded alarm bells over the consequences of mass die-offs along U.S. shorelines and beyond.

... Mark Eakin, coordinator of the NOAA Coral Reef Watch, questioned the scientific basis of the NSC commentary.

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... "Clearly this is someone who either is not aware of the scientific literature that overwhelmingly shows that coral bleaching has increased—and most certainly will continue to increase as the climate warms—or they're ignoring that literature," ... "Normally, documents of this sort require vetting by experts within the administration, and those experts usually include people who are knowledgeable in the subject. We don't know what was done in this case."

"There's denialism, and then there's really fringe," said one climate expert who has worked on interagency government review efforts.

"Coral bleaching has not typically fallen within denialist rhetoric," the expert continued. "Most people would not see this as a climate issue, and wouldn't feel the need to deny it—you could believe in warmer oceans without believing in climate change. But this goes well beyond that. This says all marine biology is off."
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 12, 2019, 01:21:42 AM
EPA Dropped Salmon Protection After Trump Met With Alaska Governor
https://desdemonadespair.net/2019/08/epa-dropped-salmon-protection-after-trump-met-with-alaska-governor-scientists-dumbfounded-at-gold-mine-approval-that-will-cause-complete-loss-of-fish-habitat.html

Scientists dumbfounded at gold mine approval that will cause “complete loss of fish habitat” – “We were told to get out of the way and just make it happen”

The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska’s governor, CNN has learned.

... the decision disregards the standard assessment process under the Clean Water Act, cutting scientists out of the process.

The EPA publicly announced the reversal July 30, but EPA staff sources tell CNN that they were informed of the decision a month earlier, during a hastily arranged video conference after Trump’s meeting with Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The governor, a supporter of the project, emerged from that meeting saying the president assured him that he’s “doing everything he can to work with us on our mining concerns.

The copper-and-gold mine planned near Bristol Bay, Alaska, known as Pebble Mine, was blocked by the Obama administration’s EPA after scientists found that the mine would cause “complete loss of” the bay’s fish habitat.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: DrTskoul on August 12, 2019, 01:23:46 AM
Of course... our pals get helped first....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: petm on August 12, 2019, 04:11:34 AM
The fisheries lobbyists didn't bribe him stay in his hotels enough.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 12, 2019, 06:23:10 PM
Trump Administration Weakens Protections for Endangered Species
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/climate/endangered-species-act-changes.html

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law credited with rescuing the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the American alligator from extinction.

The changes could clear the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in areas where protected species live. The new rules will make it harder to consider the effects of climate change on wildlife when deciding whether a given species warrants protection. They would most likely shrink critical habitats and, for the first time, allow economic factors to be taken into account when making determinations.


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... Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement the finalized revisions “fit squarely within the president’s mandate of easing the regulatory burden on the American public, without sacrificing our species’ protection and recovery goals.”

Mr. Bernhardt (... now Interior Secretary) wrote in an op-ed last summer that the 1973 Endangered Species Act places an “unnecessary regulatory burden” on companies.

Ever since President Richard M. Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law, it has been the most essential piece of United States legislation for protecting fish, plants and wildlife, and acted as a safety net for species on the brink of extinction. The peregrine falcon, the humpback whale, the Tennessee purple coneflower and the Florida manatee all likely would have disappeared without it, scientists say.

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... “If we make decisions based on short-term economic costs, we’re going to have a whole lot more extinct species.”

... Among the animals at risk from this change, Mr. Caputo listed a few: Polar bears and seals that are losing crucial sea ice; whooping cranes whose migration patterns are shifting because of climate changes; and beluga whales that will have to dive deeper and longer to find food in a warmer Arctic.

(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fthecomicnews.com%2Fimages%2Fedtoons%2F2019%2F0529%2Fenvironment%2F06.jpg&hash=d1b51c68927791187e266be9297ae3a9)

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May they ALL 'burn in hell'
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 12, 2019, 07:00:24 PM
USDA Tried to Cast Doubt on Study About Climate Effects On Nutrients In Rice
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-usda-climate-effects-nutrients-rice.html

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials made a behind-the-scenes effort last year to cast doubt on a study co-authored by two University of Washington researchers about how climate change would affect the nutrients in rice.

The UW scientists were part of an international team that included two federal agricultural scientists. They studied how increased levels of carbon dioxide forecast for the end of the century could diminish the nutritional value of rice, and joined together to co-author a peer-reviewed study accepted by a journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In May 2018, weeks before the scheduled publication, findings in the rice study became a source of concern for program leaders of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

"The narrative isn't supported by the data in the paper," wrote Sharon Durham, a department public affairs specialist in a May 7, 2018, email to a Jeff Hodson, communications director for the UW School of Public Health.

... a veteran researcher with a lead role in the study thinks the politics of climate change in the Trump administration's USDA factored into what he views as an attempt to discredit the findings.

"It was a very bizarre set of circumstances. I had been at USDA, altogether for 26 years, and nothing like that had ever occurred to me," Lewis Ziska said.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: DrTskoul on August 12, 2019, 09:29:17 PM
TRUMP GUTS PROTECTIONS
FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES
(https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5cf7b7b4e4b01713bed4df9b)

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Three months after leading scientists warned that humans have driven up to 1 million species around the globe to the brink of extinction, the Trump administration has finalized a sweeping overhaul of the Endangered Species Act, weakening one of America’s most important laws for protecting imperiled plants and animals.

The new rules, unveiled on Monday, change how federal agencies implement portions of the conservation law, making it easier to remove recovered species from the protected list and opening the door for more drilling and other development. It also scraps the “blanket section 4(d) rule,” a provision that automatically extends the same protections to plants and animals listed as threatened as the act affords those listed as endangered, and revises how agencies go about designating habitat as critical to species’ long-term survival.

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“This effort to gut protections for endangered and threatened species has the same two features of most Trump administration actions: It’s a gift to industry, and it’s illegal,” Drew Caputo, vice president of litigation for lands, wildlife and oceans at the nonprofit Earthjustice, said in a statement about the change. “We’ll see the Trump administration in court about it.”


Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: TerryM on August 13, 2019, 02:48:07 AM
USDA Tried to Cast Doubt on Study About Climate Effects On Nutrients In Rice



HA - I knew she looked malnourished!
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: DrTskoul on August 13, 2019, 02:51:24 AM
I am so fucking tired of this asinine group of turds that "govern" us...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: nanning on August 13, 2019, 06:05:33 AM
“We’ll see the Trump administration in court about it.”
Didn't this administration recently put one of Trump's evil lackeys in the supreme court? Perhaps they think they have it covered.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 19, 2019, 05:54:08 PM
Top CDC Health and Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint
He’s one of several federal scientists working on climate change who say they have been silenced, sidelined or demoted under the Trump administration.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16082019/cdc-scientist-whistleblower-complaint-climate-health-research-trump-usda-epa
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 22, 2019, 01:30:02 AM
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Putting a positive spin on oil exploration in the Arctic Refuge
The Trump administration pressed scientists for quick findings, dismissed bad news and revised a report in its push for lease sales, records show.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/us/oil-drilling-arctic.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 22, 2019, 10:34:12 AM
Suppressed Federal Report Shows How Trump's Water Plan Would Endanger California Salmon
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-suppressed-federal-trump-endanger-california.html

Federal officials suppressed a lengthy environmental document that details how one of California's unique salmon runs would be imperiled by Trump administration plans to deliver more water to Central Valley farms.

The July 1 assessment, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, outlines how proposed changes in government water operations would harm several species protected by the Endangered Species Act, including perilously low populations of winter-run salmon, as well as steelhead trout and killer whales, which feed on salmon.

But the 1,123-page document was never released.

Two days after federal scientists submitted their review, called a biological opinion, a regional fisheries official pulled the document and replaced the team that wrote it with a new group tasked with revising it, as The Times reported in July.

Had the opinion been adopted and released, it would have interfered with efforts to ramp up irrigation deliveries to powerful California farm interests with ties to the Trump administration.
The revision, critics say, is another example of the administration intervening to weaken environmental protections and reverse the findings of federal scientists.

In the report, the National Marine Fisheries Service unequivocally concludes that increasing water deliveries would likely jeopardize the continued existence of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon, threatened spring-run Chinook and threatened Central Valley steelhead, as well as endangered Southern Resident killer whales that dine on salmon.

... Revision of the July 1 biological opinion is "unquestionably an effort to subvert the best available science," said Noah Oppenheim, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, which represents commercial fishermen.

"Literally before our eyes, we're seeing science suppressed by monied political interests," he argued.

... One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Trump proposal to increase water deliveries is the Westlands Water District, a sprawling irrigation district on the arid west side of the San Joaquin Valley led by some of the state's wealthiest growers. In 2018, the district's biggest crops were almonds, pistachios, canning tomatoes and cotton.

Westlands and other districts that depend on water supplies from the delta have bitterly fought Endangered Species Act restrictions for delta smelt and migrating salmon that have restricted their deliveries

Critics of the act now have a major ally, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. Before joining the Trump administration, Bernhardt was a partner in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a top-grossing law and lobbying firm that sued Interior four times on behalf of Westlands. Bernhardt was a lobbyist for Westlands and personally argued an appeals case challenging salmon protections.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on August 25, 2019, 02:57:09 AM
Maybe he has stock in it ...

Trump Told the VA to Order ‘a Lot’ of Ketamine for Vets
https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/08/trump-told-va-order-lot-ketamine/159414/

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the government will purchase “a lot” of the drug esketamine, a derivative of ketamine.

Though ketamine is known as a recreational hallucinogen, Trump asserted that a new nasal-spray derivative would be of great benefit to veterans with depression. As he left the White House for a veterans’ conference in Kentucky, he told reporters that he had instructed the Department of Veterans Affairs to make a large purchase—overriding a recent decision by the doctors who manage the hospitals’ formulary of which drugs are to be prescribed. Trump said:

Quote
... “There’s a product that’s made right now that just came out by Johnson & Johnson which has a tremendously positive—pretty short term, but nevertheless positive—effect”

... But that statement is contrary to the evidence. A review by the Food and Drug Administration of what limited studies have been done with esketamine found mixed results, leaving many scientists unsure if the drug is indeed effective and safe. Just last week, the agency published a report that said the drug was not reliably better than placebo.

... In March, the FDA granted a controversial fast-track approval to the drug (which is sold under the brand name Spravato) for use in severe depression. Only one of three four-week clinical trials showed any benefit.

The drug was not shown to decrease suicide: three patients who were taking the drug died by suicide during the clinical trials, compared with none who weren’t.


This is a far cry from the promises the president made to veterans. Hopefully we are getting it at a very good cost,” Trump said. “I guess it’s a form of a stimulant where if somebody is really in trouble from the standpoint of suicide it can do something.

The drug is, in fact a sedative; ketamine has long been used as an anesthetic. And its daily cost is $737.50.

Speaking to veterans later that day in Kentucky, Trump reiterated the promise: “I’ve instructed the top officials to go out and get as much of it as you can from Johnson and Johnson.”


... Trump called on Johnson & Johnson, which makes Spravato, to provide the drug to the VA for free — prompting applause from the crowd of veterans.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said at the time that he was “incredibly alarmed” Spravato was rushed through the review process.

“Questions remain about the ultimate impact on the health and safety of veterans, who should not be made into a “test case” while the clinical community continues to gather data about this treatment,” Takano said in a statement.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trump-proclaims-controversial-new-drug-has-incredible-potential-to-prevent-veteran-suicide-1.595251

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(https://storage1.grabien.com/clipsbank/0343/framelarge/343709.jpg)
Drug Pusher-in-Chief

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J&J is going to need the business

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Trial
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/health/oklahoma-opioids-johnson-and-johnson.html

A judge in Oklahoma on Monday ruled against Johnson & Johnson, the deep-pocketed corporate giant, and ordered it to pay the state $572 million in the first trial of an opioid manufacturer for the destruction wrought by prescription painkillers.

Johnson & Johnson, which contracted with poppy growers in Tasmania, supplied 60 percent of the opiate ingredients that drug companies used for opioids like oxycodone, the state had argued, and aggressively marketed opioids to doctors and patients as safe and effective.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: TerryM on August 26, 2019, 11:44:49 PM
^^
They're in direct competition with the CIA's growers in Afghanistan - no wonder the justice department is on they're tail!
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 05, 2019, 02:45:38 PM
Trump Administration Pulls Plug On Energy-Efficient Bulb Rules
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-trump-administration-energy-efficient-bulb.html

Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday issued a new rule reversing a requirement for all new light bulbs to be energy-efficient by 2020, a move welcomed by industry but strongly criticized by climate change groups.

The rollback represents the latest in the US president's running battle since taking office against nearly all forms of environmental regulation, coming shortly after his administration axed rules limiting leaks of the greenhouse gas methane and after weakening a key wildlife protection law.

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TRump's New Executive Order: ... Everyone must use torches

(https://laurelpres.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mob-with-pitchforks.png)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 05, 2019, 06:47:25 PM
I know this is trivial use, but wouldn't you need incandescent bulbs for a lava lite?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 05, 2019, 06:49:06 PM
You're right Tom - it's trivial.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on September 05, 2019, 07:12:34 PM
Trump Administration Pulls Plug On Energy-Efficient Bulb Rules
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-trump-administration-energy-efficient-bulb.html

Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday issued a new rule reversing a requirement for all new light bulbs to be energy-efficient by 2020, a move welcomed by industry but strongly criticized by climate change groups.

a move welcomed by industry. Now that's a surprise. Lighting technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. Is the US lighting industry determined to join the manufacturers of buggy-whips and valve radios in the dustbin of history?
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: FrostKing70 on September 05, 2019, 07:16:45 PM
They are also useful for keeping plants worm or water in liquid state (for wildlife) during short freezing periods; mainly because they emit so much heat!
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: FrostKing70 on September 05, 2019, 07:17:42 PM
It is probably the industries which have to use the lights, not sure it matters much to the light bulb producers....
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 05, 2019, 07:19:58 PM
Which are better, compact fluorescent or light emitting diode? I use LEDs.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on September 06, 2019, 11:24:37 AM
It is probably the industries which have to use the lights, not sure it matters much to the light bulb producers....
Nope....

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Opponents of the expanded federal standards include the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn., whose members included General Electric Co., Osram Sylvania Inc. and Signify. They said it would risk American jobs and consumer choice.
https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-09-05/trump-rolls-back-energy-requirements-for-billions-of-lightbulbs

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The DoE said the repeal, backed by a handful of lighting companies that rely upon the older technology, was because the Obama-era rule was “not consistent” with the law. The department said the new regime will give consumers more choice.

Critics of the move point out it will create more planet-warming pollution and cost Americans more in energy bills, due to long-term savings associated with using LEDs. “It’s like trying to protect the horse and buggy from the automobile technology,” said Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/05/lightbulbs-energy-efficient-trump-scraps-obama-rule
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: KiwiGriff on September 06, 2019, 01:44:15 PM
(https://blog.constellation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/led-vs-cfl-difference-in-costs.png)
 Like all fluorescent lamps, CFLs contain toxic mercury[2] which complicates their disposal. In many countries, governments have banned the disposal of CFLs together with regular garbage. These countries have established special collection systems for CFLs and other hazardous waste.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 07, 2019, 01:03:35 AM
‘THIS IS NO LONGER ABOUT THE SCIENCE. THIS IS SOMEBODY’S IDEOLOGY.’
https://www.alleghenyfront.org/trump-on-earth-this-is-no-longer-about-the-science-this-is-somebodys-ideology/
An interview with Lewis Ziska
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“But then something strange happened,” he said. “We got a response from the media people that the national program staff, the same program staff that approved the paper in the first place, is now saying that your data do not support the conclusions of the paper.”

Ziska says the first thing he thought was, ‘this is no longer about the science; this is about somebody’s ideology.’ The research Ziska presented was peer reviewed evidence showing that rising CO2 is affecting rice nutrition. He says the agency’s response indicated to him that there was a paradigm shift in how science was being treated at USDA.

“That’s when I realized I needed to to leave the agency,” he said.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 08, 2019, 10:28:33 PM
White House Issues a "National" Science & Tech Agenda
https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2019/09/national-science/

A new White House budget memo presents science and technology as a distinctly American-led enterprise in which U.S. dominance is to be maintained and reinforced. The document is silent on the possibility or the necessity of international scientific cooperation.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FY-21-RD-Budget-Priorities.pdf

The document, which is intended to inform executive branch budget planning for fiscal year 2021, contains no acknowledgment that many scientific challenges are global in scope, that foreign countries lead the U.S. in some areas of science and technology, or that the U.S. could actually benefit from international collaboration.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vy9IKlVFMxs/WlGf7CP2LBI/AAAAAAAAHqM/58T-gg2CmmU7FKYTpL6rv3RJvUJkvFABwCLcBGAs/s320/Ignorance%2Bis%2BStrength.jpg)

*    *    *

The White House memo begins by designating the entire post-World War II period until now as America’s “First Bold Era in S&T [Science & Technology].”

It goes on to proclaim that the “Second Bold Era in S&T [Science & Technology]” has now begun under President Trump.


The Trump Administration continues to prioritize the technologies that power Industries of the Future Past (IotF),” the memo declares.

Many of the proposed technology priorities are already in progress — including artificial intelligence, robotics, and gene therapy. Some are controversial or disputed — such as the purported need to invest in protection against electromagnetic pulse attacks.

Meanwhile, the memo takes pains to avoid even mentioning the term “climate change,” which is disfavored by this White House. Instead, it speaks of “Earth system predictability” and “knowing the extent to which components of the Earth system are practically predictable.”

Today’s Second Bold Era is “characterized by unprecedented knowledge, access to data and computing resources, ubiquitous and instant communication,” and so on. “Unfortunately, this Second Bold Era also features new and extraordinary threats which must be confronted thoughtfully and effectively.”

The White House guidance suggests vaguely that the Second Bold Era could require a recalibration of secrecy policy in science and technology. “[Success] will depend upon striking a balance between the openness of our research ecosystem and the protection of our ideas and research outcomes.”

*    *    *

As for the Trump Administration’s pending FY2020 budget request for research and development, it does not convey much in the way of boldness (or Boldness).

“Under the President’s FY2020 budget request, most federal agencies would see their R&D funding decline. The primary exception is the Department of Defense,” according to the Congressional Research Service.

“The President’s FY2020 budget request would reduce funding for basic research by $1.5 billion (- 4.0%), applied research by $4.3 billion (- 10.5%), and facilities and equipment by $0.5 billion (- 12.8%), while increasing funding for development by $4.5 billion (8.3%).” See Federal Research and Development (R&D) Funding: FY2020, updated August 13, 2019.

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Time for some more Victory Gin ...
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5e/26/91/5e269183d1fb4cf4d8cb07730aa50e93.jpg)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Bruce Steele on September 09, 2019, 05:01:13 AM
Vox...Mundi, I wonder how many people even notice ? JISAO hasn't published the PDO index for a year now. The PDO index is a good indicator for salmon abundance . It has predictive abilities for future biological conditions. Driving blind now.
 I will try and call Nate Mantua and see if he can fill us in on the missing numbers.

http://research.jisao.washington.edu/pdo/PDO.latest.txt

Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 09, 2019, 09:44:04 PM
Bruce: They're drawing the shades. The Twilight of Science is Coming.

- 'Here on the level sand, between the sea and land, what shall I do or write against the fall of night?' -  ("Smooth Between Sea And Land") - A. E. Housman

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NOAA’s Chief Scientist Will Investigate Why Agency Backed Trump Over Its Own Experts on Dorian, Email Shows
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/09/09/noaas-chief-scientist-will-investigate-why-agency-backed-trump-over-its-experts-dorian-email-shows/

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting chief scientist, Craig McLean, said in an email to colleagues Sunday that he is investigating whether the agency’s response to President Trump’s Hurricane Dorian tweets constituted a violation of NOAA policies and ethics. Also on Monday, the director of the National Weather Service broke with NOAA leadership over its handling of Trump’s Dorian tweets and statements.

In his email to employees Sunday, McLean criticized his agency’s public statement, saying it prioritized politics over NOAA’s mission.

“The NWS Forecaster(s) corrected any public misunderstanding in an expert and timely way, as they should,” McLean wrote. “There followed, last Friday, an unsigned news release from 'NOAA’ that inappropriately and incorrectly contradicted the NWS forecaster. My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political.”

He also wrote that “the content of this news release is very concerning as it compromises the ability of NOAA to convey life-saving information necessary to avoid substantial and specific danger to public health and safety."

“If the public cannot trust our information, or we debase our forecaster’s warnings and products, that specific danger arises,” McLean wrote.

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National Weather Service (NWS) Director Louis Uccellini defended the forecasters who tweeted out correct information about Hurricane Dorian after President Trump wrongly said the storm was predicted to hit Alabama.

"They did that with one thing in mind: public safety," Uccellini said Monday at a National Weather Association meeting, according to The Associated Press.

... The assembled forecasters reportedly gave a standing ovation after Uccellini asked members of the Birmingham team to stand and be recognized.

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Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump’s Hurricane Tweets
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/climate/hurrican-dorian-trump-tweet.html

The Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.

That threat led to an unusual, unsigned statement later that Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disavowing the office’s own position that Alabama was not at risk. The reversal caused widespread anger within the agency and drew criticism from the scientific community that NOAA, a division of the Commerce Department, had been bent to political purposes.

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Trump just said there are people in line for his rally and "they are soaking wet." Per CNN's @betsy_klein, "it is 88 and sunny here in Fayetteville. It has not rained here today."

https://mobile.twitter.com/brianstelter/status/1171193261035327490?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Scientists Decry 'Ignorance’ of Rolling Back Species Protections in the Midst of a Mass Extinction
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/16/scientists-decry-ignorance-rolling-back-species-protections-midst-mass-extinction/

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How Not to Run the World
https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2019/09/how-not-run-world/159699/

U.S. Forced to Extract Top Spy from Russia after Trump Revealed Classified Information to Russians in Oval Office meeting
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/politics/russia-us-spy-extracted/index.html
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 10, 2019, 05:47:48 PM
Surprise! Surprise! ...

Trump Interior Official Who Pushed Arctic Drilling Joins Oil Company In Alaska
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/757542234/trump-interior-official-who-pushed-arctic-drilling-joins-oil-company-in-alaska

A top U.S. Department of the Interior appointee who pushed to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil leasing is taking a job with an oil company seeking to develop a major project in Alaska.

Joe Balash, an assistant secretary at the department who oversaw the Bureau of Land Management, left his job last week. On Wednesday he announced his new position as senior vice president for external affairs with Oil Search, a Papua New Guinea-based company that first expanded into Alaska in 2017.

"This was not an easy decision, but I am excited to be coming home with a company that is doing great things," he wrote in a Facebook post. Balash said he considers Oil Search's project "a key piece of Alaska's economic and fiscal future."

In a statement, Oil Search said Balash "brings significant regulatory and external affairs experience," noting that it is a relatively new player in the U.S.

By current count, at least 230 former and current registered lobbyists have worked in the Trump administration.

(https://www.occupy.com/sites/default/files/styles/slide_narrow/public/field/image/lobbyists21-article.jpg)

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Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying. Except 33 Haven’t.
https://www.propublica.org/article/the-lobbying-swamp-is-flourishing-in-trumps-washington

In his first 10 days in office, Trump signed an executive order that required all his political hires to sign a pledge. On its face, it’s straightforward and ironclad: When Trump officials leave government employment, they agree not to lobby the agencies they worked in for five years. They also can’t lobby anyone in the White House or political appointees across federal agencies for the duration of the Trump administration. And they can’t perform “lobbying activities,” or things that would help other lobbyists, including setting up meetings or providing background research. Violating the pledge exposes former officials to fines and extended or even permanent bans on lobbying.

Former officials — including ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — have found ways to sidestep the administration’s ethics pledge. At least 18 of them are now registered federal lobbyists and the rest work in jobs that closely resemble lobbying. Typically, they have been careful to avoid violating the ethics pledge. That usually means they interact with representatives, senators and congressional staff, but not with appointees at federal agencies or the White House.

Increasingly, both lobbyists and the firms that hire them are taking advantage of a loophole unique to the Trump ethics pledge: A clause that allows former political appointees to lobby on “any agency process for rulemaking, adjudication or licensing” despite the five-year lobbying ban. “Rulemaking” includes deregulation, a Trump administration priority. “Rulemaking is mostly what agencies do, and that’s what most lobbyists do. So that’s a pretty big carve-out,” said Virginia Canter, a former Obama administration ethics attorney who now works for the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Companies have taken notice.

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(n) “Lobbying activities” has the same meaning as that term has in the Lobbying Disclosure Act, except that the term does not include communicating or appearing with regard to: a judicial proceeding; a criminal or civil law enforcement inquiry, investigation, or proceeding; or any agency process for rulemaking, adjudication, or licensing, as defined in and governed by the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.

—An excerpt from the Trump ethics pledge
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 10, 2019, 11:02:14 PM
US Expands Hunting and Fishing at National Wildlife Refuges
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-fishing-national-wildlife-refuges.html

The Trump administration is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges in what it says is a bonus for hunters and anglers but what critics contend is deferring management to states with potential harm to wildlife.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a final rule posted Tuesday in the Federal Register that 2,200 square miles (5,700 square kilometers) will open in 37 states.

Fish and Wildlife says some 5,000 regulations have been eliminated or simplified at the national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries to match state regulations.

It's the latest effort by the Trump administration to open public lands to recreation and industry, including oil and gas drilling, that critics say is coming at the expense of the environment and wildlife.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: nanning on September 11, 2019, 07:36:25 AM
vox_mundi, thanks for all the info and the very nice and suitable cartoons :).
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 11, 2019, 09:05:53 PM
Trump Adviser Who Lamented 'Demonization of Carbon Dioxide' Follows Bolton Out the White House Door
https://earther.gizmodo.com/trump-adviser-who-lamented-demonization-of-carbon-dioxi-1838041167

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was fired (or resigned) on Monday. Now it appears the flotsam he brought with him to the National Security Council could be following him out the door. And it could have a surprising climate upside.

Bloomberg’s Ari Natter reported on Tuesday that William Happer has turned in his resignation from the National Security Council. Happer is a physicist, but he’s best known for being a climate denier who once said the “demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” Seriously, you can’t make this shit up.

One of Happer’s big endeavors during his year with the Trump administration was trying to spearhead a “debate” over the validity of climate science between actual scientists and a bunch of doofuses from conservative think tanks. The idea was a favorite of grift master Scott Pruitt, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency. After he resigned in disgrace, Happer took up the mantle of making the debate happen with Bolton’s blessing. Thankfully, it never did because it would be a huge waste of time for everyone involved, America at large included.

It’s unclear what else, if anything, Happer accomplished on the National Security Council. But with him and Bolton out, there are at least two fewer idiots on the council trying to put a torch to climate science and even worse, ignore its impacts on national security. It’s easy to forget just how outlandish it is to have climate deniers providing key national security advice, but step back and it’s quickly clear how fucked up it is.

Climate change poses one of the biggest national security threats to the U.S. Science backs this up, showing that military bases could be flooded out by sea level rise and storms and that changing weather patterns could destabilize parts of the world. People who don’t acknowledge the threat of climate change let alone the scientific reality shouldn’t be in positions of power. And yet, Bolton (who does not deny climate change but has opposed international efforts to curb rising temperatures) and Happer (who has claimed climate scientists are wrong) have both managed to have long had access to the halls of power; Bolton has had a position in every Republican administration since Regan, and Happer worked in George W. Bush’s Department of Energy.

In fact, Bolton’s lobbying for endless war in the Middle East to keep the flow of oil running uninterrupted has spurred climate change along. The U.S. military is also the largest consumer of oil in the world, and the 21st century “War on Terror” that Bolton backed has kicked carbon emissions into high gear. A report earlier this year found an astounding 35 percent of the military’s emissions since 2001 are tied to the war, helping speed climate change along and resulting in a more unstable future.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Bruce Steele on September 12, 2019, 01:37:30 AM
Vox Mundi, I was able to talk with NOAA and was directed to a site that is keeping the PDO index.
It is not in the old monthly index I am used to. The graph provided shows the PDO index increased in 2019 over the same twelve months in 2018.

. We have been in positive territory since Jan 2014.

https://oceanview.pfeg.noaa.gov/erddap/tabledap/cciea_OC_PDO.graph
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 12, 2019, 01:44:21 AM
Thanks for the link Bruce  :)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Bruce Steele on September 12, 2019, 02:08:11 AM
You're welcome, I also posted over on the Ocean Temperature page . Thanks for giving the impetus to ask around. Nothing nefarious , some health issue caused the delay.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 12, 2019, 04:32:53 PM
Trump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/administration-finalizes-repeal-of-2015-water-rule-trump-called-destructive-and-horrible/2019/09/11/fddfa49a-d4aa-11e9-9343-40db57cf6abd_story.html

On Thursday, the Trump administration plans to scrap the Obama-era definition of what qualifies as “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, returning the country to standards put in place in 1986.

Trump’s executive order said federal officials should rely on the opinion of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who argued that the law should apply only to “navigable waters.

... “We want to make sure that we have a definition that once and for all will be the law of the land in all 50 states,” Wheeler said.

But critics say the rollback will speed the conversion of wetlands and headwaters, which provide critical habitat for wildlife and support the nation’s drinking water supply. Americans drained about half of the 220 million acres of wetlands in the contiguous United States between the 1780s and 1980s, most of it to expand farmland. That rate began to slow after George H.W. Bush took office, pledging to stem the tide of wetlands loss.

“The administration wants to go back to an era where we are destroying wetlands heedlessly,” Robert Irvin, president of American Rivers, said of President Trump’s latest deregulatory effort.

... Targeting the Obama-era regulation ranked among Trump’s top priorities when he took office. In February 2017, he issued an executive order directing the EPA to review the regulation in an effort to pave the way for what Trump called “the elimination of this very destructive and horrible rule.”

(https://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_148919052759733.jpg?auto=compress&crop=faces&dpr=1&w=525)

Thursday’s move is part of a broader effort by the administration to roll back regulations affecting the private sector by the end of Trump’s first term. Among the dozens already reversed: easing rules on everything from curbing methane emissions from drilling operations to holding oil and gas companies responsible for killing birds that get ensnared in their rigs’ waste pits
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 13, 2019, 06:08:31 PM
'National Tragedy': Trump Begins Border Wall Construction in Unesco Reserve
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/12/border-wall-organ-pipe-cactus-arizona

Construction of a 30ft-high section of Donald Trump’s border barrier has begun in the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument in southern Arizona, a federally protected wilderness area and Unesco-recognized international biosphere reserve.

Wall will traverse the entirety of the southern edge of the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the US

The Trump administration has deemed the new structures necessary due to a 'national emergency' of unauthorized immigration into the US. According to CBP, in the 2019 fiscal year there have been 14,265 apprehensions in the Tucson sector, where the Organ Pipe wall is going up, compared to 51,411 in the nearby Yuma sector of Arizona and over 205,000 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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... Wells are being drilled onsite to extract desert groundwater for #BorderWall construction. We came across this rig today near the construction site, water flowing.

All this happening  in a national monument designated to protect endangered species & the fragile desert ecosystem
https://twitter.com/laikenjordahl/status/1166440970151268354

The government’s ability to build in protected areas along the Mexican border is unique. A 2005 law grants DHS the power to waive any laws “necessary to ensure expeditious construction” of border barriers. It has been used ever since. The Trump administration has waived numerous state and federal laws, including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act, to construct barriers in protected areas in every southern border state.

... “This is one of the true gems of the Sonoran desert,” ... “It would be a tragedy if it all was lost for an unnecessary and deadly wall.”

(https://www.usnews.com/dims4/USNEWS/3541d02/2147483647/resize/1200x%3E/quality/85/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcom-usnews-beam-media.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fbb%2F98%2F9dca1d854787af63431058aa8a30%2F20190814edhoc-a.jpg)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: nanning on September 13, 2019, 08:20:33 PM
Thanks vox_mundi. This wall is abominable and obscene.
(I think you forgot to give the link to the article)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 14, 2019, 01:58:45 PM
Gov Says Warming Arctic Could Be Good for Alaska
https://www.juneauempire.com/news/gov-says-warming-arctic-could-be-good-for-alaska/

Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) said a warming Arctic could turn some of Alaska’s unique characteristics into further business opportunities. (... melting permafrost, eroding native villages, disappearing wildlife)

... “Take a look at Alaska,” Dunleavy said encouragingly to potential investors in the audience. “Our international airport hub is getting more and more investment. The Arctic is warming. Fifty years from now, if this trend continues, there will be seasonal, if not regular, travel through the Northwest Passage.” (... and no life anywhere on Earth)

We have enormous resources. ... He listed timber reserves, national forests, lead, zinc, gold, silver and copper as being among those resources. (... all for the taking)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: philopek on September 14, 2019, 08:15:52 PM
Gov Says Warming Arctic Could Be Good for Alaska
https://www.juneauempire.com/news/gov-says-warming-arctic-could-be-good-for-alaska/

Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) said a warming Arctic could turn some of Alaska’s unique characteristics into further business opportunities. (... melting permafrost, eroding native villages, disappearing wildlife)

... “Take a look at Alaska,” Dunleavy said encouragingly to potential investors in the audience. “Our international airport hub is getting more and more investment. The Arctic is warming. Fifty years from now, if this trend continues, there will be seasonal, if not regular, travel through the Northwest Passage.” (... and no life anywhere on Earth)

We have enormous resources. ... He listed timber reserves, national forests, lead, zinc, gold, silver and copper as being among those resources. (... all for the taking)

Alaska First ;) [sarc]

Shortsighted as usual those "Govs"
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 15, 2019, 06:12:41 PM
Hunter Can Keep 'Skin, Skull, Teeth and Claws' of Trophy Tanzanian Lion, US Says
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/15/us-says-man-can-bring-back-skin-skull-teeth-and-claws-of-hunted-tanzania-lion

The Trump administration has authorized a Florida man to bring back the “skin, skull, teeth and claws” of a lion he hunted in Tanzania, granting the first permit to import a lion from that country since the species gained protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

Environmental organizations say the move could open the floodgates for importing other endangered species like lions and rhinos. A freedom of information request made public by the US Fish and Wildlife Services also revealed that the hunter, Carl Atkinson, was represented by lawyer John Jackson III, who is also a member of the Trump administration’s International Wildlife Conservation Council, a controversial advisory board that promotes trophy hunting.

“This is all very concerning,” said Tanya Sanerib, the international legal director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “It signals that the administration is ready to approve, trophy imports from Tanzania despite that country’s history of wildlife mismanagement.

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/bncore/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/0814zyglis.jpg)

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Trump Sons’ Hunting in Focus as US Lifts Import Ban on African Elephant Trophies
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/16/trump-sons-us-lifts-import-ban-african-elephant-trophies

- Obama administration imposed ban because of conservation concerns

The Trump administration’s decision to loosen restrictions around the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia has turned attention back to the president’s family’s own connection to the controversial sport.

Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump are prolific big-game hunters and during the 2016 campaign, images re-emerged of the pair on a 2011 hunting trip posing with animals they had killed on safari, including an elephant, a buffalo and a leopard.

https://mobile.twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/598484069287108609

(https://coreybradshaw.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/disregard-for-species-cartoon.jpg)
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 16, 2019, 05:18:21 PM
Scuttling Science
https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/scuttling-science/
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Today’s show looks at the Trump administration’s pattern of pushing expert scientists out of policy discussions.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Alexander555 on September 16, 2019, 06:14:11 PM
Is that hunting thing not a more traditional left/right story. Rather than want to do something about it. Because we are killing all wildlife with our way of life, we don't have to hunt for them to kill them. And i think the leftwingers/democrats even more than all the rest. Because the places where they live, they are so crowded that there is no wildlife left. Even in a nature reserve, like the Kruger National Park. They have to hunt elephants, otherwise they destroy everything, all the forests. All the old roads the elephants took long ago. They are blocked, by civilisation. Normaly they went from the south of Mozambique across South-Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana to the Okavanga delta. And that balanced the ecosystem. Now they can not leave the Krugerpark anymore, so the hurds get bigger and bigger. And the impact on the forests gets bigger and bigger. So they have to hunt them. Ofcourse, there are some sad stories between it.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 16, 2019, 06:21:04 PM
As House Passes Arctic Drilling Ban, Interior Goes the Other Way
https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/as-house-passes-arctic-drilling-ban-interior-goes-the-other-way

The Interior Department and the House are moving in different directions on Arctic drilling.

Hours after the House voted 225-193 to block oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the agency said it was moving to open a portion of the area to drilling.

The Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to consider any such ANWR drilling ban.

Exposing some of ANWR to drilling was a provision of the tax law President Donald Trump signed in December 2017.

The Bureau of Land Management released what it said was its final environmental impact statement for the oil-and-gas leasing program for a 1.5-million-acre portion of ANWR known as Area 1002.

In its environmental impact statement, the Interior Department identified three drilling plans — Alternatives B, C and D — and picked plan B as its preference.

The agency said air pollution emissions would “likely be the highest” under plan B because more oil and gas facilities would be included. Aircraft emissions under that scenario would also likely be the greatest, it said in its report.

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According to Carbon Tracker, a financial and climate research firm, $545 billion in oil projects in the U.S. is exposed to so-called “transition risk” — what it will take to move away from a fossil fuel-centered economy and comply with international climate goals to limit warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius beyond pre-industrial levels.

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The Pompeo Doctrine: A Formula for Catastrophe in the Arctic
https://www.salon.com/2019/09/14/the-pompeo-doctrine-a-formula-for-catastrophe-in-the-arctic_partner/
https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/09/mike-pompeo-bigger-pentagon-now/159863/?oref=d-river

How to seize the Arctic’s resources, now accessible due to climate change (just don’t mention those words!)

... Under the prodding of Mike Pompeo, the White House increasingly views the Arctic as a key arena for future great-power competition, with the ultimate prize being an extraordinary trove of valuable resources, including oil, natural gas, uranium, zinc, iron ore, gold, diamonds, and rare earth minerals. Add in one more factor: though no one in the administration is likely to mention the forbidden term “climate change” or “climate crisis,” they all understand perfectly well that global warming is what’s making such a resource scramble possible.

... Usually a forum for anodyne statements about international cooperation and proper environmental stewardship, the lid was blown off the latest Arctic Council meeting in May when Pompeo delivered an unabashedly martial and provocative speech that deserves far more attention than it got at the time. So let’s take a little tour of what may prove a historic proclamation (in the grimmest sense possible) of a new Washington doctrine for the Far North.

“In its first two decades, the Arctic Council has had the luxury of focusing almost exclusively on scientific collaboration, on cultural matters, on environmental research,” the secretary of state began mildly. These were, he said, “all important themes, very important, and we should continue to do those. But no longer do we have that luxury. We’re entering a new age of strategic engagement in the Arctic, complete with new threats to the Arctic and its real estate, and to all of our interests in that region.”

In what turned out to be an ultra-hardline address, Pompeo claimed that we were now in a new era in the Arctic. Because climate change — a phrase Pompeo, of course, never actually uttered — is now making it ever more possible to exploit the region’s vast resource riches, a scramble to gain control of them is now officially underway. That competition for resources has instantly become enmeshed in a growing geopolitical confrontation between the U.S., Russia, and China, generating new risks of conflict.

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... “I think that Pompeo is now running foreign policy in the Trump administration in the way that Cheney ran it in the Bush administration, which is to say that all foreign policy decisions seem to run through Pompeo regardless of whether or not they are supposed to” ... “He’s controlling the national security establishment in ways that not even [Vice President Mike Pence] can touch.”

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Longtime Pentagon watchers say Pompeo’s actions are not, in themselves, unusual. Secretaries of State are often openly engaged in policy around combat theaters, said Loren DeJonge Schulman, a former defense hand at the Pentagon and the National Security Council during the Obama administration.

What’s unusual is Pompeo’s comparative lack of activity in traditional diplomatic arenas,” said Schulman, deputy director of studies at the Center for New American Security. “The comparison between the two makes this stand out.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: morganism on September 17, 2019, 12:01:47 AM
Not just Kavanaugh: Another alarming reason to fear the Supreme Court

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/16/not-just-kavanaugh-another-alarming-reason-fear-supreme-court/?noredirect=on

"A new study offers an alarming answer to that question. It concludes that even if Democrats win the White House and Congress, the high court will likely strike down much of what they do to address the climate change crisis, even as the window for action is closing, perhaps exacerbating the threat of civilizational catastrophe.

The study represents a serious effort — one undertaken by two well-known academics — to develop a realistic projection of how the conservative justices might rule on climate legislation. As such, it may also fuel discussion among the Democratic presidential candidates about their various proposals to expand the court.

“Climate change legislation,” the report starkly concludes, is “unlikely to survive judicial review,” at a time when “leading scientists have concluded that only twelve years remain to avoid planetary climate change catastrophe.”

What makes the study interesting is that it uses the justices’ past rulings, as well as other conservative legal scholarship, to elaborate a picture of the specific legal doctrines they might employ to strike down efforts to legislate against global warming. The study concludes that their records clearly demonstrate they will have many such doctrines to weaponize in this fashion.

pdf:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ce33e8da6bbec0001ea9543/t/5d7d429025734e4ae9c92070/1568490130130/Supreme+Court+Will+Overturn+Climate+Legislation+FINAL.pdf
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 17, 2019, 12:06:34 AM
So when the Dems win in 2020 we get 13 Justices, and when the GOP wins in 2028 we get 19, then when the Dems win again in 2036 we get 29...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: gerontocrat on September 17, 2019, 12:02:33 PM
It is really bad, scary, evil. One of those articles that need to be read.

6 stories from scientists who've been shafted. There must be hundreds more.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/17/whistleblowers-scientists-climate-crisis-trump-administration

'The silenced': meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump
Six whistleblowers and ex-government scientists describe how the Trump administration made them bury climate science – and why they won’t stay quiet
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: TerryM on September 17, 2019, 12:40:18 PM
So when the Dems win in 2020 we get 13 Justices, and when the GOP wins in 2028 we get 19, then when the Dems win again in 2036 we get 29...
Kind of nixes the whole concept of "Justice" doesn't it?


If justice itself depends on whether your side won the last election, why bother with a Supreme Court at all?
Why bother with trials for that matter? all we need is a snap election, then decide any legal questions based on the results.
Justice won't just be blind, she'll be deaf and only respond to bribes campaign donations..
Terry
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 17, 2019, 12:53:24 PM
'The silenced': meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump
^ +1 gerontocrat

I've been reviewing government files related to the environment (and other subjects) for over 15 years and in the last 2 years much of that tax-supported information has been 'disappeared'. These are files that I 'know' the agencies have because I copied them over 3-4 years ago. We're talking 1000's of pages.

It's next to impossible to find hard data anymore.
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on September 29, 2019, 12:25:41 AM
EPA Wants to Push Through Bad New FOIA Regulations without Public Comment
https://unredacted.com/2019/06/27/trump-and-putins-g20-meeting-puts-spotlight-on-the-pra-senators-hone-in-on-bad-epa-foia-regs-and-more-frinformsum-6-27-2019/

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to publish new FOIA regulations in the Federal Register – without public comment – under which rules “the administrator and other officials would be allowed to review all materials that fit a FOIA request criteria, known as responsive documents, and then decide ‘whether to release or withhold a record or a portion of a record on the basis of responsiveness or under one or more exemptions under the FOIA, and to issue ‘no records’ responses.

As it stands, the new regulations, which appear to expand the circle of non-FOIA officials who can make final determinations on FOIA requests and allows the agency to functionally ignore any requests sent to regional offices, would go into effect 30 days after the publication in the Federal Register.


Long-time FOIA champion Senator Chuck Grassley wasn’t having it, and tweeted,

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“Americans deserve 2kno what their govt is up to Freedom of Information Act designed to promote transparency when govt lacks openness but recent SCOTUS ruling+EPA &Interior regs undermine FOIA I will write legislation 2fix TRANSPARENCY BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY.”

Senator Patrick Leahy added,

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“Congress won’t sit idly by while @EPA further guts FOIA w. an offensive rule allowing politicals to reject #FOIA requests w/o explanation. @EPAAWheeler: a friendly reminder that #Appropriations has oversight responsibilities. We’ll be chatting about this.”
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on October 01, 2019, 04:57:19 PM
EPA's Proposed Coal Ash Amendments Will Boost Risk of Toxic Contamination
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-epa-coal-ash-amendments-boost.html

Federal rules currently prohibit the uncontrolled disposal of coal ash into the environment, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed amendments to the federal 2015 Coal Ash Rule that will allow coal ash to be spread on soil or stored in unlined pits and landfills and remove other safeguards if the ash is dumped or spread for a "beneficial use," such as fill.

That's a bad idea, said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. ... "Our experiments suggest that when coal ash interacts with water—as it will if it is spread on soil or buried in soil without protective liners—there is extensive mobilization of arsenic, selenium, and chromium, in the form of highly toxic hexavalent chromium," Vengosh said.

"Our experiments also demonstrate that coal ash chemistry induces high pH when the ash interacts with freshwater and this further enhances the mobilization and solubility of elements like hexavalent chromium and arsenic," he said.

"The amendments proposed by the EPA would allow the 'beneficial' placement of unlimited quantities of coal ash in the environment, potentially near drinking water wells, rivers and lakes, without any restrictions or safeguards," he said. "That could create countless new sources of leached contamination that will infiltrate into the subsurface and contaminate soil and water resources across the nation."

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Trump Administration is Sidelining Science - and It Puts Us All In Danger
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/01/linda-birnbaum-environmental-public-health-climate-crisis
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on October 03, 2019, 01:53:58 PM
Trump Administration's War on Science Hits 'Crisis Point', Experts Warn
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/03/science-trump-administration-crisis-point-report

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The treatment of science by the Trump administration has hit a “crisis point” where research findings are manipulated for political gain, special interests are given improper influence and scientists are targeted for ideological reasons, a nonpartisan taskforce of former government officials has warned.

Safeguards meant to ensure that government research is objective and fully available to the public have been “steadily weakening” under recent administrations and are now at a nadir under Trump, according to a report (https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/proposals-reform-volume-ii-national-task-force-rule-law-democracy) released on Thursday by the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy.

There are now “almost weekly violations” of previously cherished norms, the report states, with the current administration attempting “not only to politicize scientific and technical research on a range of topics, but also, at times, to undermine the value of objective facts themselves”.

“Politics is driving decisions and has been for some time,” said Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican who was formerly administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Whitman co-chairs the taskforce with former US attorney Preet Bharara.

“Right now, any finding that seems to be restricting business, especially the energy industry, appears to be destined for elimination,” Whitman said.

The problem has escalated under Trump due a combination of hefty campaign contributions from special interests, the appointment of unqualified cronies to senior positions and the reluctance of Congress to act as a proper check.

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/proposals-reform-volume-ii-national-task-force-rule-law-democracy]report

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Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on October 05, 2019, 12:57:21 AM
Yellow Cedar Trees Denied US Threatened Species Listing
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-10-yellow-cedar-trees-denied-threatened.html

A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming.

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It’s Happening Now: Climate Change Is Killing Off the Yellow Cedar
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/its-happening-now-climate-change-killing-yellow-cedar/

You can see the dead and dying from the air.

In coastal Alaska and British Columbia, swaths of yellow cedar trees are losing their needles and withering away. Under normal conditions, these economically and culturally valuable trees can live 1,000 years or more, but enough of them are dying that the trees are now being considered for protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

A yellow cedar’s demise is not instantaneous. It takes years for a tree to die, slowly, from the inside out. It has similarly taken a long time to prove exactly why these trees are dying.

“Yellow cedar is dying because of warmer weather,” says Paul Hennon, a forest pathologist with the US Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska. But getting to that conclusion—and ruling out reams of other potential causes—took years of detective work. ...
Title: Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
Post by: vox_mundi on October 05, 2019, 09:53:06 PM
'Outrage': New Video Shows Bulldozers Destroying America's Most Iconic Cacti to Build Trump's Border Wall
https://earther.gizmodo.com/outrage-new-video-shows-bulldozers-destroying-americas-1838787163

... One of the first stretches of the Trumpified wall is going up in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (yes, they really chose a park as a starting point). Video shot by Kevin Dahl, the senior program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association in Arizona, shows construction crew toppling saguaros in their rush to prepare the site for wall construction.

Saguaro cactus are a Federally protected speices.

The cactus you drew all the time when you were a little kid? You know, the one with three arms reaching to the sky? Yeah, that’s what they’re bulldozing in the desert right now so the land can instead be covered with a 30-foot tall steel beam wall.

What happens to the piles of dead brush is anyone’s guess. The Army Corps of Engineers released a video last month saying that the agency would relocate saguaros along with organ pipe, ocotillo, and other types of cacti out of the wall construction site. The video says the agency is “taking great care to take care of the protected species.”

https://mobile.twitter.com/LaikenJordahl/status/1180206058649706497