Scientists Bristle at Trump Budget’s Cuts to Research

By HENRY FOUNTAIN and JOHN SCHWARTZ

Before he became president, Donald J. Trump called climate change a hoax, questioned the safety of vaccines and mocked renewable energy as a plaything of “tree-huggers.”

So perhaps it is no surprise that Mr. Trump’s first budget took direct aim at basic scientific and medical research.

Still, the extent of the cuts in the proposed budget unveiled early Thursday shocked scientists, researchers and program administrators. The reductions include $5.8 billion, or 18 percent, from the National Institutes of Health, which fund thousands of researchers working on cancer and other diseases, and $900 million, or a little less than 20 percent, from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds the national laboratories, considered among the crown jewels of basic research in the world.

The White House is also proposing to eliminate climate science programs throughout the federal government, including at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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  1. @OP – Still, the extent of the cuts in the proposed budget unveiled early Thursday shocked scientists, researchers and program administrators.

    Those darned researchers just keep using science and very inconveniently debunking Trump’s “alternative facts”!

    Of course we all know that America is the centre of the Universe AND the fount of all knowledge, so if scientific information is suppressed in the USA, nobody in the rest of the world will be able to find any!! 🙂 – Or perhaps it is just that Trump’s “talented best team ever”, thinks that is so?

    However the Red-Neck, Trump cheerleading supporters, probably won’t be looking any further than Faux and Dimbart, so what goes on in the rest of the world will have little effect on their thinking! –
    As the false-news from that “record holder for the number of expert conference votes of no confidence in his abilities” – UK MP Michael Gove announced to his sheeple followers in the media –
    “The public have had enough of all these experts”!

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