Protests follow Republican Promises to Cut Wasteful Science Spending

ON EARTH DAY, PEOPLE GATHERED IN THE RAIN AROUND THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT, TO “FIGHT FOR PLANET EARTH.” THEY INTENDED TO TURN IT INTO “AN HOMAGE FOR SCIENCE.”

Their claim is that science is under attack:

“We are at a critical juncture. Science is under attack,” said Cara Santa Maria, a science communicator who is one of several emcees of the four-hour rally that kicked off at 10 a.m. “The very idea of evidence and logic and reason is being threatened by individuals and interests with the power to do real harm.”

The threat, they complain, is that science funding is under threat. Trump has threatened to cut federal spending for the EPA, a tyrannical organization that terrorizes people and steals their land. He has also proposed cutting the budget of the National Institute of Health.

Their argument is that, if the government steals less money from private citizens to give to government-funded scientists, that science will somehow suffer. Which science?

Global warming, for one…

 

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