Science, Now + Beyond

America’s scientists are on the march, and they’re headed right for Trump’s jugular

Trump has made it clear that he is no friend of science, so scientists are making it clear that they are no friends of his.

It’s no exaggeration to say the Trump administration is anti-science.

The statements of Trump’s cabinet nominees and the statements of the President himself indicate that they have little to no interest in facts, or at least facts that are supported by science. We all know how they feel about alternative facts.

Here’s a list of some of the science the Trump administration has denied:

Climate Change

Trump himself has called climate change a Chinese conspiracy to undermine the American economy. Hours after Trump was sworn in, all references to climate change were removed from the whitehouse.gov website. Trump’s cabinet nominees were questioned about this in their confirmation hearings and they backed off of the President’s conspiracy theory, but were still unwilling to admit climate change is an urgent threat to the environment.

The White House is chock full of climate change deniers who refuse to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence that human actions have contributed to the warming of the planet.

Vaccines

Despite multiple studies that prove vaccines have no link to autism, Trump still believes they do. Trump has tweeted about this belief and discussed it in multiple interviews. Not once has he used scientific evidence to support this claim.

He has been careful not to adopt the label ‘anti-vaxxer’, a term used to describe those vehemently opposed to all vaccinations, but he has made it clear that he believes vaccinations are dangerous and should not be administered as much as they are. The anti-vaccination movement has led to a resurgence in cases of the measles, mumps, and whooping cough, which were virtually non-existence thanks to vaccinations.

Environmental Preservation

Trump’s executive orders last week to restart construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline proves that Trump is always willing to put money before the environment (and Native populations). The Keystone XL Pipeline will carry some of the dirtiest oil in North America from Canada to the Gulf Coast, which opens the possibility of oil spills and contamination which could devastate the environment.

The Dakota Access Pipeline runs right through the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and will definitely contaminate their drinking water. Trump has halted further environmental impact studies that would summarize the effects of the pipelines on the environment, and has ignored previous studies which have found that the negative environmental impact would outweigh the benefits of the pipelines.

All Trump has to say is “jobs.”

Renewable Energy

Trump has come out strong for coal and oil as the primary energy sources for the country. He’s been skeptical about the need for renewable energies such as solar and wind power. One of Trump’s main campaign promises was that he would increase work for coal producers in the country. As the Trump team begins to discuss sweeping budget cuts, research in to renewable energy sources is definitely on the chopping block.

Scientists and science lovers have decided to respond to Trump’s science denial by organizing a protest in DC. The protest will be held on Earth Day, April 22nd 2017. The date is a fitting response to Trump’s total disregard for the environment. Much like the Women’s March before it, the Science March was born online and has gained its support through social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.

The march is intended to be a non-partisan event where people can gather to show their support for science and funding scientific endeavors. The Science March isn’t about whether or not you voted for Trump, it’s meant to show the Trump administration that the people want science to stay alive in this country.

So, if you’re a supporter of science, consider making your way to DC on April 22nd to make it clear to the Trump administration that science is a fundamental part of our country that should not be ignored or defunded.