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Thursday, December 29, 2016

TRUMP ON SCIENCE

The title pretty much says it all.  I've been subscribing to Scientific American for a long time now, and their November issue (which means the magazine was published before November 8) deplored Donald Trump's attitude on science. Read the details in Science in the Elections.  

In a second article, Donald Trump's Campaign for Science Illiteracy, they include some of his tweets:
  • This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice [SOURCE]
  • Fracking poses ZERO health risks. In fact, it increases our national security by making us energy independent. [SOURCE]
  • Remember, new “environment friendly” lightbulbs can cause cancer. Be careful—the idiots who came up with this stuff don't care. [SOURCE]
By the way, he might have a point regarding lightbulbs, this from the UK:




But the cancer connection?  Maybe, too, although natural health sites are known to sometimes exacerbate the truth.  SNOPES has a rational analysis of CFL bulbs, which are judged safe.  Incidentally, if you've never tuned into the responses to Trump's tweets, try it here by clicking on the above links to [SOURCE], for the responses rate as high humor.

There were many more.  Scientific American had the temperance to only express alarm.

Remember Barack Obama?  He tried to work with Congress on global warming.  The Republicans controlling both houses prevented any progress, so he had to revert to edicts from the Environmental Protection Agency.  For all he did, here is how various countries throughout the world thought of Obama's efforts:

That red tweet above meshes nicely with similar quotes from the most important person in the U.S. Congress regarding climate change, Senator James Inhofe, who said:

God says global warming is a hoax.

While 97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming, Inhofe, who happens to be chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, actually published a book entitled:


I wonder what the world will think of the USA and President Donald Trump in a few months.  Worse, I already feel sorry for Planet Earth and Humanity.

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