Trump's attacks on science

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In 1795, when considering a new university in his home state of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson pronounced freedom to be “the first-born daughter of science.”

Donald Trump is currently attacking freedom by censoring scientists.

As the New York Times reported in October, scientists in the Environmental Protection Agency were forbidden to speak about climate change at a conference where they were expected to discuss the issue. 

It gets worse.

As the Sun Journal reported Sunday, Dec. 17, other members of the Trump administration are strongly discouraging officials at the Centers for Disease Control from using a host of words and phrases, including “science-based” and “evidence-based.”

Trump is welcome to promote his ideas and his policies. He can even unilaterally declare, as he did recently, that climate change is no longer a threat to this country. But if he wants to convince anyone that what he is doing is warranted, he needs evidence that people can debate. To silence those who speak truths you dislike is neither science nor is it debate. Instead, it is an attack on freedom.

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I call on my elected representatives to condemn these acts. I applaud everyone who resists them. Freedom of the people depends on both.

Jefferson said it best: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be.”

Joseph Hall, Auburn

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  • RegMainer

    “But if he wants to convince anyone that what he is doing is warranted, he needs evidence that people can debate.” Okay…let’s start with this. I think you’ll find it’s the “global warming” cult that doesn’t want to debate.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/02/13/peer-reviewed-survey-finds-majority-of-scientists-skeptical-of-global-warming-crisis/#28bed3004c7c

    • Rene Veilleux

      Forbes’ climate change reporting has been widely disputed – go figure for a pro-corporate publication. For a start see following links:
      http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2013/02/14/james-taylor-misinterprets-study-by-180-degrees/
      https://www.skepticalscience.com/Forbes_Loyola.html
      https://skepticalscience.com/correcting-warren-meyer-on-forbes.html

      • RegMainer

        Ah, yes…the classic attack the messenger. I could just as easily accuse your global warming proponents of the same. Global warming/climate change cultists only want dialogue if people decide to join their cult. You’re not REALLY interested in dialogue. How about this one, then? Oh…wait…Hatch is a REPUBLICAN. Thus, these scientists must be lying.
        https://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/_files/UNClimateScientistsSpeakOut.pdf

        • Rene Veilleux

          Sounds and looks like you drank the Cool Aid. There are none so blind…..

          • beanboy

            Your in the minority that believes 3-2 =4

          • RegMainer

            I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that neither or you spoke to the opinions offered by the well-qualified scientists in the link I provided. Just more “attack the messenger.” Are all of these scientists blind “kool-aid” drinkers and believe 3-2=4? I would dare they are much more informed than you. But, hey, you’re not interested in examining anything contrary to what you think. That is the very definition of “kool-aid” drinker.

          • Rene Veilleux

            Guess you didn’t bother to get some of the real science in the links I provided. If you would have read some, you would have seen that what you call “well-qualified scientists in the link I provided” are non other that mere engineers who work for the Gas & Coal corporations in Alberta. Not real, impartial climatologists.

          • RegMainer

            Really? Government and U.N. scientists, from prestigious institutions like M.I.T., NOAA, and NASA? And from multiple countries? Thanks for proving you didn’t even read it. No one from Alberta’s “gas and coal” corporations in that report.

          • beanboy

            I suppose you are are Flat Earther?

          • RegMainer

            Ad hominem name-calling is the defense of the uninformed and ignorant. Since you can’t dispute scientists from NASA, NOAA, and scientists from universities like M.I.T., you call me a “flat-earther?” Beautifully done! A true scholar you are! Excuse me while I go cut down a tree and let gas-powered car warm up in my driveway!

      • beanboy

        And the earth is flat

      • FrankE

        You don’t need to base all you information on a bunch of think tanks, the evidence is right here in Maine. Look at the sea temperature in the Gulf of Maine. Thirty years ago I tried swimming at OOB. That was my last attempt. I never made it past my knees, to cold. Now the Lobster industry is slowly moving northward due to fluctuation in the gulf stream patterns. This in turn is being caused by the warmer weather melting the ice caps in the Arctic. The Gulf of Maine is becoming to warm to support a healthy lobster habitat. There are many other visible signs if you took the time to look. Trump, in denying climate change is just hastening the approach of damage from it. His barometer is based on dollar signs, anything else is what he calls fake. He is the biggest danger to our environment, he can’t ignore it forever……….

    • FrankE

      Something a lot of people aren’t talking about, and of particular interest to Trump is his beloved Florida golf resort. It’s been determined through scientific models and mapping the Trumps gorgeous piece of heaven will be accessible only by boat at some point due to rising sea levels bought on by global warming. I could just see Trump out there now looking for his ball from a Bass Boat……………..

  • FrankE

    It’s very disappointing when you think of the reasons for a lot of these misconceptions. Climate Change isn’t a cult movement it’s not a political movement, it’s a fact of life. You can deny it, you can even ignore it, but the evidence is as plain as the nose on your face. Trump is totally anti science, that would be fine if it was just himself being affected. He isn’t a smart man, he also has a one track mind. If anything interferes with his vision of earning more money, it’s automatically going to be deemed a bad thing. Most of the deniers are avid Trump supporters, which is sad, because they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.
    Need proof? How about the list of seven words not allowed to be used in the Trump Administration? Consider all the regulations Trump is eliminating in the name of big business. All to make large corporations less restricted when it comes to profits. Unfortunately in life we need regulations to exist. Trumps anti science thought process along with his blatant ignorance will destroy this country given enough time. Thank God for the mid terms,……..