The Worst Thing to Come

Dec 2015
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14,410
Arizona
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When all the fireworks are over in Donald Trump's presidency, historians may look back and conclude that even more important than the Mueller Report and the American retreat from global leadership was Washington's disregard of our history and consequential neglect of the threat to our planet.
In the midst of World War II, Franklin Roosevelt had the foresight to see that advancements in American science were critical to Allied victories in World War II.
Searching for day-to-day guidance, he named Vannevar Bush, an engineer with a joint Ph.D from MIT and Harvard, as the director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development.
Bush became a quiet hero in the war effort, serving essentially as the first national science adviser to a president, providing critical oversight of the Manhattan Project—the WWII research effort that produced the atomic bomb-- and eventually helping to create the National Science Foundation.

Bush wrote this to FDR: "Science can be effective in the national welfare only as a member of a team, whether the conditions be peace or war. But without scientific progress, no amount of achievement in other directions can ensure our health, prosperity, and security as a nation in the modern world."
In nearly every presidential administration since, it has been axiomatic that the country must believe in science and invest generously and wisely in science and technology.
Enter Donald Trump. Exit science.

Examples of neglect:
+The devastation of the EPA and its protections. 1/8 of the world's species are doomed for extinction. Damage to wildlife.
+Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord
+Last week, most of the world's leaders agreed to limit countries' pollution from plastic waste. The United States was one of the few countries not to join.
+The devastating spate of wildfires in California that claimed dozens of lives and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages last year. President Trump declined to connect the blazes to climate change. His solution? Better raking and cleaning.
+The government's response to the frightening hurricanes of 2017 was baffling, too.
+Just last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo captured the administration's mentality toward climate-related damage, saying, "Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new naval passageways and new opportunities for trade, potentially slashing the time it takes for ships to travel between Asia and the West by 20 days." During this address at the Arctic Council last week, Pompeo did not once mention climate change. So, the disappearance of Arctic ice, which may intensify climate change and will cause increased flooding across much of the US coastline, is a good thing for the United States? Really?
+An anti-vaccination movement has gripped the country, and now measles has returned to infect hundreds and threaten millions. Despite such a danger, the President took months to tell people to "get their shots."
+Funding for research has declined.

AND all this defaults to public education. If our educators, parents and public officials don't show more support for science education and literacy, we are truly doomed. Who will forge new scientific frontiers and new technology? Who will lead America into the future of discovery? Certainly not the Republican Party.

If voters will put more pressure on both parties in the coming election cycle, making clear their growing fears, we perhaps can turn ourselves in a more hopeful direction. With the news this week that the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere is at its highest point in human history, the clock is ticking loudly.

This may be the worst thing to come from Trump's presidency (opinion) - CNN
 
Mar 2019
2,113
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Texas
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Yes we need to get back into the paris accord now.

The epa is unnecessary and such crimes against the environment can be stopped without the epa.

Education should be givin back to the states to leed the way and no one needs that gov. department.

Yes california needs to "rake" their land. Such could easily be done just as it was in the late 1900's.

The anti vaccine stuff is mostly drivin by the msm. No one should be forced to do anything. Other options of vaccination should be available since the main qualms is that there are too much foreign ingredients in them. We have the tech to cater to people who want a vaccine free from mercury and not derived from fetal tissue.

Most of the government agencies do not function properly and things could easily be enforced using other methods.

More than anything we need a better system to hold judges more accountable in all realms.
 

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