Science Under Siege But Surviving — a Trump Timeline

By Gemma Tarlach | December 19, 2017 1:42 pm
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For many who value science, 2017 will be remembered as the dawn of a new era. January saw the inauguration of Donald Trump, a president who has denied climate change and filled his inner circle with anti-science activists. But the year was as much an awakening as an annus horribilis: Researchers and citizens alike, in the U.S. and beyond, chose to speak out at rallies, on social media and even in the political arena — unprecedented numbers of scientists are considering a run for office.

In a year of surprises, setbacks and signs of hope, here are some of the most memorable and consequential moments from just the first several months of the Trump administration:

January

21: A day after taking office, President Donald Trump reportedly complains to the National Park Service about images the agency tweeted that compared inauguration crowd sizes in 2009 and 2017.

25: In response to a media blackout ordered for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), entities such as “AltEPA” and “RogueNASA,” ostensibly created by frustrated federal employees, begin posting climate change data and other science-based information on social media.

February

3: The Department of Agriculture removes public access to animal welfare reports on thousands of facilities, including research labs.

17: The Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA, the same agency the former Oklahoma attorney general and committed climate change denier had sued multiple times in attempts to weaken its regulatory reach.

March

2: The Senate confirms former Texas governor and climate change skeptic Rick Perry as Energy Secretary, six years after then-presidential candidate Perry called for the Department of Energy’s elimination.

28: The president signs Executive Order 13783, which calls for the review and rescinding of many environmental protections.

29: EPA head Pruitt rejects a planned total ban of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, going against the agency’s own chemical safety recommendations. A partial ban in 2000 prohibited most indoor applications of the pesticide, but it has continued to be used on farms, golf courses and other outdoor settings despite evidence of significant health risks.

April

5: The Council on Environmental Quality, part of the Executive Office of the President, withdraws guidance on climate change issued in August 2016.

10: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces end of the National Commission on Forensic Science, which was started in 2013 to establish closer ties between law enforcement and researchers.

22: A crowd of roughly 100,000 gathers to “March for Science” in Washington, D.C. Nearly a million more individuals participate in local events in all 50 states and on every continent.

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Activists rally during the March for Science April 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. Thousands of people joined a global March for Science with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight back against what many see as an “assault on facts” by populist politicians. (Credit: Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

24: President Trump urges NASA to send a manned mission to Mars despite his proposal to cut the space agency’s budget.

28: The EPA removes climate change data and other information from its website.

May

1: The Department of the Interior (DOI) issues two orders to encourage fossil fuel exploration and extraction on public lands and waters.

7: EPA chief Pruitt dismisses members of a key scientific review board.

18: Under Ajit Pai — who was appointed chairman by Trump — the FCC votes to begin dismantling net neutrality safeguards that were put in place in 2015. The decision opens the door to internet service providers controlling which sites consumers access.

23: A proposed budget released by the White House slashes funding for both the EPA and FDA by 31 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health would also see significant cuts.

June

1: The president announces plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Paris Exit

In 1992, some 150 countries signed the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the goal of flat-lining greenhouse gases. At the time, the 1987 Montreal Protocol had already kick-started the healing of the ozone hole, so scientists expected the UNFCCC would succeed, too. However, emissions continued to increase.

In late 2016, nations of the world convened again. Their optimistic goal: keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid doomsday scenarios of rising seas, widespread droughts and melting ice. That would mean zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 — an incredible feat. Every country but the United States has since ratified the Paris agreement.

By June, reaching that goal seemed questionable after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw, though pact rules dictate a four-year wait. European nations, plus China, are moving toward their goals regardless. And energy trends may help: Solar and wind power costs have plummeted, and carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. have dropped amid shifts from coal to natural gas. — Eric Betz

8: Following up on President Emmanuel Macron’s June 1 offer to “make our planet great again” by welcoming American scientists, the French government unveils a website offering foreign researchers French residency and four-year grants of up to 1.5 million euros (about $1.76 million).

22: The Department of the Interior ends endangered species protection for Yellowstone grizzlies despite a two-year decline in the population, paralleling other administration decisions to remove protections for wildlife.

30: EPA head Pruitt declares he’ll ignore consensus, peer-reviewed research and instead apply the business world exercise of “red team/blue team” — creating an evenly pitched pro-con debate — to human influence on climate change.

July

19: Trump nominates former conservative radio talk show host Sam Clovis, who has no science background, to be the USDA’s chief scientist. (Clovis withdraws from nomination Nov. 2, after his name surfaces in an ongoing investigation into Russian influence on the Trump campaign.)

20: Six months into the administration, the president has yet to nominate candidates for a record number of key positions in science-driven government agencies such as the CDC and EPA.

August

7: The Guardian reports that official emails, sent in the weeks after the inauguration to some USDA staff, advise use of terms such as “weather extremes” rather than “climate change.”

15: Trump signs an executive order removing requirements for federal properties to withstand increased flooding and other climate change-related challenges.

21: The administration allows the charter for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s climate change assessment advisory committee to expire.

23: State Department science envoy Daniel Kammen quits over the president’s decision to leave the Paris agreement and his response to a white supremacist rally in Virginia. Kammen’s letter of resignation includes an acrostic: The first letter of each paragraph spells “IMPEACH.”

24: The DOI announces plans to downsize three national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah, despite pleas from Native Americans, archaeologists and paleontologists to protect culturally and scientifically significant sites.

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Bear Ears National Monument in Utah. (Credit: Shutterstock)

26: Hurricane Harvey, fueled by warmer-than-average water in the Gulf of Mexico (a climate change byproduct), dumps record-setting amounts of rain on Texas. Afterward, EPA head Pruitt calls reports linking the event with climate change “misplaced.”

31: The DOI limits most environmental impact studies to a year in length and resulting reports to no more than 150 pages. The studies previously lasted for years and could run 1,000 pages or more.

September

1: Republican congressman Jim Bridenstine, picked to head NASA, comes under bipartisan criticism for being a politician rather than a researcher.

29: The FDA delays required revisions to nutrition labeling by up to three years. The updates, which would have gone into effect in 2018, include more realistic portion sizes and the amount of added sugar in a product.

October

4: DOI senior scientist Joel Clement resigns with a scathing message to Interior boss Ryan Zinke: “Retaliating against civil servants for raising health and safety concerns is unlawful.” For months, Clement had been publicly critical of his June reassignment to an accounting position, one of several such shuffles of high-level department staffers. He claimed the move was due to his position that climate change had significant negative impacts for Native American communities. The department’s inspector general is reviewing the legality of the reassignments.

4: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declines to designate 25 species, including the Pacific walrus, as endangered. The decision contradicts the agency’s own 2011 finding that threatened or endangered status protections for the walrus were warranted due to climate change’s impacts on its habitat.

10: The administration announces its intent to kill the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era initiative to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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A pipe installed as part of the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project carries carbon dioxide captured from the emissions of the NRG Energy Inc. WA Parish generating station in Thompsons, Texas, U.S. The project, a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp., reportedly captures and repurposes more than 90 percent of its own Co2 emissions. (Credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

12: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announces the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and scientific heritage protection body, effective at the end of 2018.

31: EPA head Pruitt says he will bar any scientist who receives agency grants from serving on its advisory boards. The move, says Pruitt, is intended to eliminate potential conflicts of interest. In addition to removing individuals with relevant expertise from the boards, however, the ban opens the door for industry-funded researchers to take their place.

November

3: The White House releases a comprehensive Climate Science Special Report, part of a congressionally mandated assessment. The conclusion? Human activity is the dominant cause of climate change, which contradicts many Administration statements.

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  • Dave Young

    This timeline highlights actions taken by the current administration. If you are a Trump supporter, please explain how it is in our best interest to ignore climate, increase air and water pollution, appoint ignorant and illiterate administrators to decision making positions in scientific endeavors and refuse to continue America’s role in perhaps the newest growth industries, alternative energy and ecological friendly businesses. Stop the nonsense. Ignorance is dangerous and willful ignorance is indefensible.

    • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/qz4.htm Uncle Al

      Climatology is like religion, macroeconomics, psychology, and the Left: It can always voluminously explain what it can never succinctly predict. Trump’s tax bill makes it more expensive to hide corporate revenues overseas than it is to be domestically taxed. About $1 trillion/year is coming home.

      Trump is the quintessential Exceptional American, weaponized. Trump constructed more than 180 skyscrapers and major properties worldwide within every cesspool of political, military, religious, organized crime, and civil corruption. Trump is the toughest SOB on the planet – and the most experienced. And he’s ours.

      “alternative energy” snigger “willful ignorance is indefensible.” Diversity, social promotion, equal opportunity, Sanctuary!; HHS, Homeland Severity, Department of Education; Democrat Party, LGGBDTTTIQQAAP. Willful ignorance is mandatory. Preening academic intellectual vacuity says “being illiterate, innumerate, and borderline retarded is Authenticity.”

      • OWilson

        With all this great economic news lately, in just 9 months, if Trump is really a Russian spy, maybe we need more of them!

        They are certainly doing a lot better that your last lot! Lol

        • Mike Richardson

          From Putin’s perspective, they certainly are! Preach on, comrade. 😉

          • OWilson

            You assume that Putin wants U,S, Tax Reform, 17 year low unemployment, a record stock market, increased manufacturing, ISIS taken apart and on the run, lower illegal border jumpers, more law and order enforcement, esp. Federal, increased U.S. military spending, home ownership up, especially among blacks, and the Washington, Hollywood, and Fake News Media Swamps all draining fast ?

            Well, let’s hope you’re right!

          • Mike Richardson

            Quite appart from the detailed attack on science described in the article above, this administration has given us a tax plan predominantly benefiting the already wealthy at the expense of everyone else (adding at least one trillion dollars to the debt while increasing income inequality), economic growth largely inherited from the previous President now being gambled on another try at trickle down economic policy, exacerbated tensions in Israel over his thoughtless approach to the question of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, our historical alliances weakened and our leadership position abdicated to European nations, distrust in the Presidency at an all time high (due in large part to the documented pathological lying of the President — by Washington Post fact checkers currently over 1900 falsehoods with a few weeks left in the first year), an investigation that has already resulted in indictments and a plea bargain —
            now even Bannon is talking of “treasonous” behavior by Trump Jr., and a childish but extremely dangerous game of “my nuclear launch button is bigger than yours” with the North Korean dictator. I’m just not sure how much more of this “winning” my country or the rest of the world can take.

          • OWilson

            Let’s face it Mikey.

            As an admitted socialist, on the government public trough, you can’t stand the thought of anyone draining your Swamp!

            The more you squeal the better job he is doing!

            That’s how the average person can tell! :)

          • Mike Richardson

            So your erroneous perception and pleasure at the prospect of someone else suffering outweighs any of the facts I listed for why this is a failing Presidency? That’s powerful stupid.

          • OWilson

            No, only yours, because you are such an insufferable bore! :)

          • Mike Richardson

            And yet, even while supposedly sitting in a “tropical paradise,” you waste your time responding only to display spite and pettiness because you think ( wrongly) that this upsets me? LOL! Powerful stupid indeed.

          • OWilson

            Bannon and Mikey!

            Sounds good!

          • Mike Richardson

            How truly juvenile. What next, “sitting in a tree?”. You really have no substantive counterpoint.

      • temporary guest

        Yes! In a world where the left has dictated that common sense is a thought crime and defending it is a hate crime we need the leadership of Donald Trump just to help us hydroplane over the BS that leftists like to call “political correctness”. What difference would it make if “climate change” (global warming, LOL) destroys the planet in 20-50 years of the leftist in the UN and the US lead us to destruction in 10-20 years?

    • Robert E. Lee

      What do you mean “ignore climate change” ? We know it exists , we know we have contribute a very little to it . We know that globalists just want more money for their stupid projects . We know it is impossible to stop climate change . To control people like you global capitalism need something like climate change to scare you and follow their orders .

      • StanChaz

        We know, we know, we know
        ….that you that your groundless assertions make no scientific sense. No matter how many times you repeat them. And it sound like your :religion” is conspiracy theorizing.

    • Robert E. Lee

      Big scum “Climate change”

      “Last night Mr Smith thanked Dr Bates ‘for courageously stepping forward to tell the truth about NOAA’s senior officials playing fast and loose with the data in order to meet a politically predetermined conclusion’. He added: ‘The Karl study used flawed data, was rushed to publication in an effort to support the President’s(Obama) climate change agenda, and ignored NOAA’s own standards for scientific study.’
      Professor Curry, now the president of the Climate Forecast Applications Network, said last night: ‘Large adjustments to the raw data, and substantial changes in successive dataset versions, imply substantial uncertainties.’ “

      • tom molloy

        Another child left behind…

    • Michael Cleveland

      Willful ignorance is like a pig in a mud hole, gleefully squeeling “This is the way life should be!”

    • Francis Smith

      I fully support the end of government run science programs.

      The government is not instituted for scientific research. The governments job is to secure freedom. Taking my money and giving it to others is the opposite of freedom.

      I love science but I think that any science research can happen in private universities, non-profit organizations and within business R&D.

      There may be some limited role for the government in science. Perhaps weapons research and funding cures against lethal epidemics.

      The best science comes from industry and universities anyway.

  • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/qz4.htm Uncle Al

    I stand with Trump When Progressives are not bitter, angry and mean they are petty, small, and puerile. Progressive mentation in all its forms – Snowflake life, free money, immunity to law, perversity of love, denial of objective knowledge, hatred of America – marks the downward spiral to Hell of civilization.

    In all of recorded human history, there is only one – ONE! – socialist nation that has succeeded: The next one.

    • tom molloy

      Uncle Al, whoever read you this article was just trying t get you upset and angry. Just take your medication and go to bed. OK?

      • OWilson

        Congratulations!

        Youhave one Disqus approval uptick!

        (Your own!)

        • John C

          his dog gave him one too

          • OWilson

            The troll can always count on “Me Too Mikey” for approval!

          • Mike Richardson

            There you go! Just gave you one. I wouldn’t want to make a liar out of you (although I’m afraid that ship’s already sailed, right?).

          • OWilson

            Prove it, liar!

          • Mike Richardson

            Let’s see — claims like half the country voted for Trump, attributing the current economy entirely to him, stating that the climate change is “insignificant,” claiming ” militant comrades ” of posters in these forums hacked you account without proof, etc. It’s really no surprise you admire Trump, considering you both have such low regard for truth, and apparently your fellow human beings. Sad!

          • OWilson

            Context, Mikey!

            That all you got?

            And, you are misquoting me again. You are calling lies words that I never said, and came out of your own unhinged left wing brain!

            Stop it!

            But you can make a quick $5,000 by proving me a liar,

            See the newer blog! :)

          • Mike Richardson

            On my goodness — “militant compatriots” vs. ” militant comrades. “. Such a drastic difference. Actually, the statement preceding the “militant compatriots” remark was this:

            ” I assume that the folks who call me a criminal, mentally deficient fascist supporting propagandist Big Oil employee, Russian spy supporter, are unhinged enough to do something about it. ”

            There’s your context — assuming people who question your motives on these boards have hacked your account. That’s paranoid thinking right there — which is what you would get from a truly demented mind. :)

        • Mike Richardson

          This is another post you might want to retroactively edit — but you’ve got one uptick so far yourself, so good for you! I’m sure you’d do much better on a website for the less well informed/scientifically literate, but I of course encourage you to seek further validation here. Good luck! :)

    • StanChaz

      If you stand with Trump you “stand” in the gutter, poor boy. So sad, so sad….
      It’s amazing how Al the inflated windbag condemns others for the very qualities and faults that he himself exhibits in his endless & mindless rants.
      Such a small, bitter man.
      So sad, so sad…

  • Robert E. Lee

    Hypocrites . Climate change . Before it was global warming . This is millions years unstoppable process . You cannot control it , “scientists” , you know that .

  • OWilson

    In case there are children out there who wonder why anybody could vote for this evil person, Trump, and why there are not hordes of patriots even now burning down the White House, here’s a little balance:

    Under Donald Trump, in only 9 short months?

    In no particular order:

    Tax Reform passed after 35 years of talk,talk,talk!
    “Impossible”(Krugman, NYT) GDP growth of 4% forecast for 4th Quarter
    Black unemployment lowest in 17 years
    Food stamp use down under trump
    Manufacturing jobs up
    Federal laws being enforced
    Illegal border jumpers down
    Unemployment at 17 year low
    Safer Streets (except you know where!)
    Consumers confidence highest in 11 years
    Home ownership up, and especially up among blacks
    Stock market record (401KS)
    V.A. Swamp Drained
    Hollywood Swamp Draining in progress
    Washington DC Swamp Draining in progress
    Fake News Media Swamp Draining in progress

    Obama’s new Cold War with Russia averted
    Russia and China relations Improved to contain North Korea
    A relatively quiet Middle East
    Trump had 50 World Leaders of Muslim Nations come together to condemn Terrorism! First time ever!
    ISIS scattering from their destroyed “Caliphate”
    A New and Improved Iraq – ABC News
    “Afghanistan’s Improving Ways – Washington Post
    V.A. Swamp Drained
    Hollywood Swamp Draining in progress
    Washington DC Swamp Draining in progress
    Fake News Media Swamp Draining in progress

    America is becoming Great again, and this is a huge problem for America’s enemies, domestic and foreign, who had consigned Western Capitalism to the trash heap of history!

  • John C

    The mainstream media has neutered itself into nothing more than the Ministry of Propaganda for the Democrat Party.

    How I wish we actually had a free, objective press that could be relied upon for accurate, balanced news. Instead of having to wade through one-sided propaganda diatribes like this which you then have to cross reference with a dozen other alternative sources to get a fill picture of what’s actually going on.

    This site is too often no different than CNN, WaPo and the rest of the clown show. Nuggets of actual science reporting within the giant, gaseous fake news anti-Trump propaganda souffle.

    • tom molloy

      John can you hear it? The whawwambulance is coming.

  • Mike Richardson

    Judging from at least one response, it’s clear denial of science and reality is not just limited to citizens of the United States. Aside from despots like Vladimir Putin, Trump has cheerleaders in places like Canada, too! Amazing.

    • Rick Nicolls

      Is it possible for others besides “Uncle Al”, “OWilson”, and a few other regulars to have a discussion without their input? Almost every “Discover” discussion is filled with their comments and i’m sure there are many others that might chime in if the aforementioned weren’t the only voices. Maybe Discover should put a limit on the number of posts a single contributor can make.

      • OWilson

        Don’t demand consorship, America has free speech!

        Just feel free to post your own opposing opinions, and let them find their place in the marketplace of ideas!

        Maybe someone will take pity on you and give you your own very first Disqus approval uptick! :)

      • bwana

        Yes, they do have their own agenda! But we can ignore them for the most part…

      • Mike Richardson

        Though I can understand the sentiment, since their input so often consists of inflammatory rhetoric, the truth is that they do their positions more harm than they realize. When you consistently attack any article discussing climate change or how some politically motivated actions are harmful to science, you damage your credibility. Making prejudiced over generallizations, using hyperbolic political rhetoric, and flatly rejecting objective evidence as “fake news” further undermines the weight anyone should give to their opinions. But don’t be discouraged by the contrarians here — contribute your own viewpoints and support them with facts, and you’ll likely get a better response than they do.

    • OWilson

      As usual Mikey gets it all upside down. :)

      Just for the record, It was the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Family Foundation that received Putin Kremlin linked money from the Canadian Chairman of Uranium One.

      As the Washington Post reports:

      “as the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation.”

      Millions of dollars were transferred to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Family Foundation from the Chairman of the Kremlin linked Uranium One Agency.

      4 separate donations were made totaling at least $2,450.000.00, not including a Russia speaking Fee to Bill Clinton. Hillary did not disclose these donations, as she was required to do, as Secretary of State!

      So, it’s actually the Clintons who have the high paying cheerleaders in Canada, and Russia.

      Now ain’t THAT precious! :)

      There’s actually a Congressional Investigation into all that money transfer going on as we speak, but you’ll never hear anything about it from your Fake News Media!

      • Mike Richardson

        So why didn’t Putin support Mrs. Clinton instead of Trump, and why do Putin and Trump breathlessly praise one another at every chance? Why do you, for that matter, speak so highly of a pathological liar, childish narcissist, proudly ignorant bigot, and a womanizing misogynist who brags about committing sexual assault? Which of those negatives do you most admire? Or is it all just “Fake News,” something to dismiss with more “what-about-Clinton” rants? Regardless of what anyone else has done, the current inhabitant of the White House looks pretty awful by any measure, and there’s nothing fake about that.

        • OWilson

          Merry Christmas, Mikey! :)

          • Mike Richardson

            You should have just stuck with your (not you’re) initial ” Merry Christmas, ” without the further embellishment of another “what-about-Clinton.” It was quite merry for me, spending it with my family and not posting on Disqus boards, and I belatedly wish you the same, as well as congratulations on avoiding Krampus another year ( much as you avoid answering questions about your oddly selective outrage regarding reprehensible behavior). I’d be pretty happy with a President who didn’t brag about assaulting women and barging into the dressing rooms of beauty pageant contestants (some being minor teenagers), not to mention his constant attacks on truth and scientific research. But you are correct that my moral standards differ from yours — I actually have consistent standards. As I wish you a Happy New Year, I’d like to remind you of my prediction regarding Michael Flynn in the earliest part of this year — looks like I was right about karma catching up with Mr. “Lock Her Up!”. But he’s hardly alone now, is he? And I’m betting 2018 will be even more interesting as the truth comes out. :)

          • OWilson

            Lets hope your 2017 political “bets” turn out a little better than your 2016 election bets. Bernie Sanders wasn’t it?

            Trump had no path to ……(fill in the gap!) :)

            Or at least better than your bet against Mother Nature when you squatted with your family on the coastal plain of S.E. Louisiana and got flooded out.

            Then rebuilt in the same spot?

            Lol!

          • Mike Richardson

            We’re heading into 2018, not 2017, okay? I know things get confusing for you, as you clearly demonstrate with your comments about flooding, when you yourself gamble on being stranded in blizzards or moving to an island nation routinely hit by devastating hurricanes. I appreciate the effort at petty spitefulness, though, even if it is undone by irony (like so many of your “points”). But when you’ve got no realistic way to defend slavishly adoring the deplorable subject of this article, you have to lash out for a diversion, right? Try to stay warm, and perhaps a little more morally coherent in the New Year (2018, not 2017, right?). 😉

          • OWilson

            Thank you!

            You too! :)

          • StanChaz

            “You’re moral standards “, dear Al, indicates that you need a refresher course in basic English grammar – very basic.
            Likewise your unending multiple comments betray the fact that your inflated ego is only surpassed by your doctrinaire ignorance and intolerance — as well as the fact that you have no life.
            In the words of the Orange One:
            So Sad!

          • OWilson

            Why thank you! :)

        • BBQman aka Q
          • Mike Richardson

            Swap out the former President with the current, and we’d have an accurate caption.

          • Shad_ow

            Amen!

  • OWilson

    As Obama pointed out, elections have “consequences”. :)

    The losers should never expect to have their priorities prioritized.

    The last Administration left the country with 3 Wars, 2 dire nuclear threats, a new Cold War with Russia, and a doubled National Debt.

    They’ll get another chance at the next election.

    • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/qz4.htm Uncle Al

      “They’ll get another chance at the next election.” Run Pelosi, Schumer, or Hillary – we won’t mind. Rachel Maddow, Sally Kohn, Tammy Bruce, Kirsten Powers – we won’t mind. Alec Baldwin, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Tom Hayden’s brayling she-ass Hanoi Jane Fonda, Donald Glover, Jennifer Lawrence, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Kumail Nanjiani, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Lena Waithe – we won’t mind.

      Climate Science Special Report” It’s a squeaker, but…”Das” Kapital“, “Dianetics,” “What Happened.”

  • NCCM

    Why not deny climate change? The ranting’s have proven false since I became aware of them in the 70’s. Sea levels have not risen…I have pictures of a beach in PR from the late ’60’s and again in 2016…no change. Fraud has been exposed. Hell Al used Hollywood movie scenes to try and demonstrate ice melt. The ‘believers’ refuse to discuss the ‘scientific fact’ that we are at the tail end of the 5th ice age our planet has had in relation to ‘global warming’. Nor will they discuss the Antarctic and Arctic since one has a growing ice pack. Posting pictures of polar bears without acknowledging that they are not declining ‘globally’ in population. The United States has more progress cleaning our environment than other major countries such as India, China and Russia yet it seems that only American’s must sacrifice…just in case…model predictions come true. Not a mention of appreciation for our progress! Climate change…my rear end! Way to go President Trump!

  • Don Leuty

    Doctored data by activist scientists seriously cast serious doubt on legitimate findings. The effects on the public of the “Hockey-Stick” graph will be difficult to overcome. The cry of “Wolf” is difficult to overcome. Persistent. sober and soft-spoken argument is more easily understood that riotous ranting.

  • FNaisse

    A ‘Closed Mind’ is the lack of readiness to question, to investigate and to change our own knowledge, our own thinking and our own view.
    The mind is closed when we aren’t interested in a different answer than the answer we, and everybody else, already know or expect, when we care about being wrong.
    It is a barrier that prevents us to mature. It prevents learning and progress
    Symptoms:
    – Lack of doubts … a lot of certainty of being right
    – No awareness
    – No curiosity
    – No time and effort spend on genuinely objective investigative thinking
    – Answering fundamental questions with readily available answers
    – Stick to what is familiar
    – Immediate and automatic rejection
    – Rejections based on mismatch with what we and everybody else know
    – Defensive position protecting the present knowledge – loyalty to an idea, instead of to the truth

    In those complex years we are living, let’s keep an open mind.

    • OWilson

      Words to live by!

  • Pamela Ashburn

    I was surprised the timeline did not include the DAPL & KEYSTONE XL pipelines that clearly go against scientific study to the contrary. I do not also see the rollback of other regulations for Clean Water, as well as the Big Oil and Clean Coal insanity by this regime instead of sustainable energy systems [that are also clearly science based systems for the greater good].

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