From the point of view of someone sitting North of the Canadian/US border, the results of this week's US Federal election are somewhat terrifying. And honestly and truly as a Canadian and a Torontonian, I say this without a bit of smugness. Been there, done that, if not quite on the same scale.
This time around, I'm going to start a project about science in the new Donald Trump administration. I believe Trump will be terrible for science, technology, the environment and public health. And I intend to document that here. Of course, Trump won't be terrible for science in exactly the same way that Harper was in Canada. For example, he may not target research funding in the same way. On the other hand, the environment may fare much worse and ultimately muzzling may also prove to be a problem. It's only over the course of the next couple of years that we'll really and truly get a sense of the implications.
But why wait until we see the share of how exactly Trump is bad for science to start keeping track?
I like what David Kipen said today in the LA Times.
If all these experiences have taught me anything, it’s that librarians may be the only first responders holding the line between America and a raging national pandemic of absolutism. More desperately than ever, we need our libraries now, and all three of their traditional pillars: 1) education, 2) good reading and 3) the convivial refuge of a place apart. In other words, libraries may be the last coal we have left to blow on.
First Responder -- Information Division is a role I can live with.
Like Anil Dash says, "Forget “Why?”, it’s time to get to work."
Don’t waste a single moment listening to the hand-wringing of the pundit class about Why This Happened, or people on TV talking about What This Means. The most important thing is that we focus on the work that needs to be done now. While so many have been doing what it takes to protect the marginalized and to make society more just, we must increase our urgency on those efforts, even while we grieve over this formidable defeat.
It is completely understandable, and completely human, to be depressed, demoralized or overwhelmed by the enormity of this broad embrace of hateful rhetoric and divisive policy. These are battles that have always taken decades to fight, and progress has never been smooth and steady — we’ve always faced devastating setbacks. If you need to take time to mourn, then do. But it’s imperative that we use our anger, our despair, our disbelief to fuel an intense, focused and effective campaign to protect and support the marginalized.
And it has to start now.
My small contribution is focusing on the effects the Trump administration will have on science, technology, the environment and public health. (As with my Canadian project, I consider healthcare funding models outside of my scope.)
So let's get started. I have a few sections to this post. The first will focus on documenting what happened before November 8, 2016. What he said about science and the environment. The second section will focus on commentary in the past few days since the election. The third section will be similar, but focusing on the implications for Canada. The final section will begin documenting actual anti-science actions and policies (yay, we already have a couple!)
Wish me luck. As usual, everyone should feel free to suggest things I've missed, either in the comments or privately at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm not attempting to be comprehensive or complete in the commentary I'm picking up, but I do want to attempt to be fairly representative.
- May 2011. Donald Trump says he’s an environmentalist; others beg to differ by Annie Gowen
- Aug 2015. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump On Autism, Vaccines, And Mental Health by Emily Willingham
- Sep 2015. Donald Trump on vaccines: ‘It’s not helpful’, experts say by Rory Carroll
- Nov 2015. 5 Outrageous Things Donald Trump Wants to Do to the Environment by Django Reynard
- Apr 2015. Trump Just Invented A New Federal Department by James Barrett
- Apr 2016. Trump vs NHPA
- May 2016. The Environmental Implications Of A Trump Presidency by Ron Koronowski
- May 2016. Donald Trump Promises to Cut Regulation on ‘Phony’ Environmental Issues by Justin Worland
- May 2016. Trump outlines ‘America First’ energy plan by Timothy Cama and Devin Henry
- May 2016. Trump vows to undo Obama's climate agenda in appeal to oil sector by Valerie Volcovici and Emily Stephenson
- Jun 2016. Defending Science in the Age of Trump by Alan Singer
06/02/2016 06:38 am ET | Updated Jun 02, 2016
- Jul 2016. Yes, Donald Trump did call climate change a Chinese hoax by Louis Jacobson
- Jul 2016. Trump vs Clinton: worlds apart on science: Presidential candidates begin to make clear their stark differences on climate change, energy production and stem-cell research. by Jeff Tollefson
- Jul 2016. Trump Just Totally Ignored Science... Again: His latest macho brag could be dangerous, experts say. by Sarah DiGiulio
- Sep 2016. The Donald Trump Environmental Scorecard by Christopher Solomon
- Sep 2016. Trump's Environmental Policy: You're Fired, Earth by Maddie Stone
- Sep 2016. What would Trump's wall mean for wildlife? by Jonathan Sullivan
- Sep 2016. Science Debate 20 Questions with the Candidates
- Oct 2016. A Plan to Defend against the War on Science: The challenge of creating a public able to parse evidence-free “facts” rests with the press, educators and other thought leaders by Shawn Otto
- Oct 2016. A Report From the Front Lines of the War on Science by Gabi Schaffzin
- Nov 2016. China criticises Donald Trump's plan to exit Paris climate deal by Reuters
- Nov 2016. How President-Elect Trump Views Science: The victor’s opinions about 20 subjects, from climate change to public health by Christine Gorman
- Nov 2016. With Trump as president, China—China!—will be the world’s biggest champion of fighting climate change by Cassie Werber
- Nov 2016. Trump win opens way for China to take climate leadership role by Valerie Volcovici and Sue-Lin Wong
- Nov 2016. Trump to derail Obamacare and tighten abortion laws. He also believes vaccines cause autism by Léa Surugue
- Nov 2016. President Donald Trump’s Claim Vaccines Cause Autism Debunked By Health Experts, It Is NOT TRUE! by Collie Lane
- Nov 2016. Trump win the 'most miserable U.S. election result' for fighting climate change, scientists say by The Associated Press
- Nov 2016. How Scientists Reacted to the U.S. Election Results: Trump victory generates shock, disbelief and fear of funding cuts by Lauren Morello
- Nov 2016. What the Trump win means for tech, science, and beyond: Net neutrality, science-based policy are threatened. A maximalist IP approach looms. by David Kravets
- Nov 2016. 3 reasons researchers are terrified about Donald Trump's presidency by Lindsay Dodgson
- Nov 2016. Trump likely to try to reverse Obama environment initiatives by Jason Dearen
- Nov 2016. What does a Trump presidency mean for climate change? by Angela Chen
- Nov 2016. Trump prepares to dismantle US environmental law by Dave Keating
- Nov 2016. There’s no way around it: Donald Trump looks like a disaster for the planet by Brad Plumer
- Nov 2016. Scientists And Doctors Are Freaking Out About A President Trump by Buzzfeed news team
- Nov 2016. Trump’s victory shocks international climate negotiations by Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis
- Nov 2016. The environmental resistance will stand against Trump by Kate Colwell
- Nov 2016. The U.S. election is over. Who will hold key science leadership jobs? by David Malakoff
- Nov 2016. Trump's NASA looks good for human space exploration and terrible for Earth science: And public-private partnerships will likely continue by Loren Grush
- Nov 2016. What Trump's Surprise Victory Could Mean for Science: His stunning win took many people in both parties by surprise—and scientists are only beginning to process the possible fallout by Ryan F. Mandelbaum
- Nov 2016. What Trump presidency means for climate change action by Scott Sutherland
- Nov 2016. Will Trump slash public funding for scientific research? Maybe, maybe not by Alessandra Potenza
- Nov 2016. What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Science? By Laura Geggel and Kacey Deamer
- Nov 2016. Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump’s Win: What the election results mean for science, in gut responses from Scientific American’s Board of Advisers by Andrea Gawrylewski
- Nov 2016. What Trump can—and can't—do all by himself on climate by Paul Voosen
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’ by Coral Davenport
- Nov 2016. Trump Administration: a climate denier for the EPA, a Goldman-Sachs banker for Treasury by Cory Doctorow
- Nov 2016. Climate change: Nations will push ahead with plans despite Trump by Matt McGrath
- Nov 2016. Physics Doesn't Care Who Was Elected President: Eight worrisome climate patterns are well underway, regardless of politics by Brian Kahn
Post-Election Commentary Added November 21, 2016
- Nov 2016. Reality must trump rhetoric after US election shock by Nature Editorial
- Nov 2016. Science and innovation policies for Donald Trump by Daniel Sarewitz
- Nov 2016. Q&A: Why It Makes Business Sense for Trump to Tackle Global Warming by Annie Sneed
- Nov 2016. Here’s some advice for you, President Trump, from scientists by Jeffrey Mervis
- Nov 2016. Antivaxers supported President-Elect Donald Trump. Now they want him to satisfy their demands. by Orac
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump’s Win Has Climate Change Negotiators Down. But Not Out by Justin Worland
- Nov 2016. Obama puts Arctic Ocean off limits for drilling in last-ditch barrier to Trump by Oliver Milman
- Nov 2016. Why It Matters That Trump's Attorney General Pick Is a Climate Change Skeptic by Grennan Milliken
- Nov 2016. Trump met with prominent anti-vaccine activists during campaign by Zack Kopplin
- Nov 2016. Countries appeal to Trump over climate change as COP22 ends by Alasdair Sandford
- Nov 2016. Trump Wants to Axe NASA Earth Science. That's a Bad Idea. by Jacqueline Ronson
- Nov 2016. Trump called climate change a Chinese hoax but he wants a massive seawall around his resort by Cory Doctorow
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump expected to slash Nasa's climate change budget in favour of sending humans back to the moon - and beyond by Nick Allen
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump actually has very little control over green energy and climate change by Emily Shwartz Greco
- Nov 2016. Fiji's Prime Minister Pleads With Trump: 'Save Us' From Climate Change by Grennan Milliken
- Nov 2016. How climate change advocates plan to fight the next four years under Trump by Natalie Schreyer
- Nov 2016. Climate Scientist Ponders Trump Presidency's Effect On Climate Change Progress by NPR Weekend Edition Sunday
- Nov 2016. In His Passionate Pro-Science Proposal, Dan Rather Misreads Donald Trump by Emily Willingham
- Nov 2016. Trump Administration Will Bring Huge Reform to Energy and Environment by Christine Harbin
- Nov 2016. Tesla and Trump: How will electric cars fare under the next president? by Joseph Dussault
- Nov 2016. Trump’s Cabinet Picks Have One Thing in Common: Climate Denial by EcoWatch
- Nov 2016. Who Will Advise Trump on Science? by Ed Yong
- Nov 2016. Global green movement prepares to fight Trump on climate change by Oliver Milman, Michael Slezak, Adam Vaughan
- Nov 2016. 2 Major Environment Policies Will Be Hard for Trump to Undo by Chuck McCutcheon
- Nov 2016. President Trump Might Be Exactly What the Climate Movement Needs by Kyle Meng
- Nov 2016. Tech companies: you have 63 days to make these 5 changes to protect your users before Trump is sworn in by Cory Doctorow
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump Won’t Slow Efforts to Fight Climate Change, John Kerry Predicts by Amy Harder
- Nov 2016. Bill O'Reilly: Trump “Should Accept The Paris Treaty On Climate To Buy Some Goodwill Overseas”
- Nov 2016. Don’t leave! Major U.S. corporations urge Trump to keep Paris climate deal in place by Vice News
- Nov 2016. Trump begins filling environmental posts with clowns by John Abraham
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump's climate change denial means 'game over for the planet', claims Labour by Joe Watts
- Nov 2016. Awaiting Trump, Scientists Are Caught Between Hope and Fear by Paul Basken
- Nov 2016. President-Elect Trump’s Positions on Technology and Innovation Policy by ITIF Staff
- Nov 2016. The Higgs Boson versus Donald Trump: The president-elect represents everything that science, at its core, is not by James Beacham
- Nov 2016. The Pentagon Knows Climate Change is Real. Will Donald Trump Ignore the Science? by Democracy Now
- Nov 2016. Scientists Prepare to Fight for Their Funding Under Trump by Eric Niller
- Nov 2016. Science and innovation policies for Donald Trump by Daniel Sarewitz
- Nov 2016. Why Fighting Donald Trump On Climate Change Is A Waste Of Time by Captain Paul Watson
- Nov 2016. Trump’s science policy remains unclear by David Kramer
- Nov 2016. Now, More Than Ever, We Must Stand Up for Science by Dan Rather
- Nov 2016. Most people are wildly underestimating what Trump’s win will mean for the environment by David Roberts and Brad Plumer
- Nov 2016. Global climate change action 'unstoppable' despite Trump
- Nov 2016. China Tells Trump That Climate Change Is No Hoax It Invented by Jessica Shankleman
- Nov 2016. Major physicists’ group retracts Trump-friendly press release by Michael Walsh
- Nov 2016. Make America Retract Again: Physics group yanks release that quoted Trump, angered scientists by Retraction Watch
- Nov 2016. What scientists should focus on — and fear — under Trump by Nature Editorial
- Nov 2016. Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days by Amita Kelly
- Nov 2016. The only way scientific research in America won’t wilt is if Trump thinks of it like infrastructure by Katherine Ellen Foley
- Nov 2016. Conservatives elected Trump; now they own climate change by John Abraham
- Nov 2016. Trump and Pence on science, in their own words by Sarah Kaplan
- Nov 2016. President-Elect Trump’s Environmental Agenda by Stephen Cohen
- Nov 2016. Trump’s Environment and Energy Team Could Include an Oil Tycoon and Sarah Palin
- Nov 2016. Young Earth Creationist Ben Carson Could Be America's New Secretary Of Education by Robin Andrews
- Nov 2016. Trump seeking quickest way to quit Paris climate agreement, says report
- Nov 2016. Trump’s Cabinet: Yeah, It’s Probably Even Worse Than You Imagined by Phil Plait
Post-Election Commentary Added December 5, 2016
- Nov 2016. Don’t believe Donald Trump: He spun climate denial to The New York Times, and a lot of people fell for it by Rebecca Leber
- Nov 2016. The Meaning of Scientific "Truth" in the Presidential Election by Dan Kahan
- Nov 2016. Trump names former NASA aide and Science Committee staff member to work on NASA’s transition by Loren Grush
- Nov 2016. Pope to Trump, World Leaders: Don’t Abandon the Paris Climate Change Pact by Robbie Gramer
- Nov 2016. Trump and the GOP may be trying to kneecap climate research by Dana Nuccitelli
- Nov 2016. 2300 Scientists from All Fifty States Pen Open Letter to Incoming Trump Administration by The Union of Concerned Scientists of the USA (letter)
- Nov 2016. How the Trump Administration and Congress Should Use Science to Govern by Peter Frumhoff
- Nov 2016. Insights Into the Thinking of Trump Advisor Myron Ebell’s Competitive Enterprise Institute on Climate Change by Justin Mikulka
- Nov 2016. Opinion: First thoughts on Trump-era science by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich
- Nov 2016. Trump’s Plan to Eliminate NASA Climate Research Is Ill-Informed and Dangerous by Phil Plait
- Nov 2016. A Portrait of a Man Who Knows Nothing About Climate Change by Jonathan Chait
- Nov 2016. How Much of Obama's Climate Agenda Can Trump Undo With the Stroke of a Pen? by Sabrina Shankman
- Nov 2016. Trump or NASA – who’s really politicising climate science? by John Cook
- Nov 2016. How Important Is NASA's Earth Science Program That Trump Wants to Abolish? by Brenda Ekwurzel
- Nov 2016. Trump may not snuff out renewable energy industry despite his doubts on climate change by Robert Ferris
- Nov 2016. STEM Women Vs US President Donald Trump? Female Scientists Speak Out by Jane Reed
- Nov 2016. The challenges to public health under the Trump administration by Lena H. Sun
- Nov 2016. Attack on climate action under Trump? It happened in Canada. by Henry Gass
- Nov 2016. How Cities Plan to Fight Climate Change in the Trump Years by John Metcalfe and Laura Bliss
- Nov 2016. A NASA scientist told us why he’s surprisingly optimistic about one area of science under the Trump administration by Rafi Letzter
- Nov 2016. Who Should Be President Trump's Science Czar? by Alex Berezow
- Nov 2016. Did Trump just change his mind on climate change? Who knows by Loren Grush
- Nov 2016. Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ by Oliver Milman
- Nov 2016. More company climate votes ahead, as Trump may loosen energy rules by Ross Kerber
- Nov 2016. As Trump promises to 'cancel job-killing' energy red tape, US renewables grow by Anmar Frangoul
- Nov 2016. Take it from a Canadian: Science in America is headed for dark, dark days by Graham Templeto
- Nov 2016. Ivanka Trump is our best hope on climate change by Chelsea Henderson
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump Still Thinks Climate Change Is ‘A Bunch Of Bunk’ by Marina Fang
- Nov 2016. The End of the Paris Prophecy: Donald Trump’s election win is bad news for the Paris Agreement and very bad news for the climate by Maxime Combes & Edouard Morena
- Nov 2016. Trump and Science: With federal funding uncertain, Harvard should turn to private donors by The Crimson Editorial Board
- Nov 2016. What’s the Worst That Can Happen to the Environment Under Trump? by Christopher Solomon
- Nov 2016. Mexico: Trump's border wall would harm the environment by Meghana Kurup
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump’s cabinet offers a glimpse into the future of the climate by Brian Kahn
- Nov 2016. 4 reasons why Trump being a climate change doubter could spell disaster for the planet by Alison Durkee
- Nov 2016. Our planet will suffer if Trump shutters NASA Earth science by David Biello
- Nov 2016. Scientists are really, really worried about Donald Trump by Sarah Kaplan
- Dec 2016. Mayors WorldWide Will Act on Climate, Whatever Trump Does by Jean Chemnick
- Dec 2016. An Easy Way To Understand Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About Climate Change by Todd Van Luling
- Dec 2016. Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise by Alister Doyle
- Dec 2016. The looming energy battle between Elon Musk and Donald Trump by Jacob Bayer
- Dec 2016. How to Save the Planet From Trump by Bill McKibben
- Dec 2016. US House Science Committee tweet is the perfect prelude to Trump’s America by Bryan Clark
- Dec 2016. Quitting UN climate change body could be Trump's quickest exit from Paris deal by Oliver Milman
- Dec 2016. Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka 'to fight climate change' despite his scepticism by Peter Walker
- Dec 2016. Merkel Plans to Challenge Trump on Renewables in G-20 Forum by Brian Parkin and Patrick Donahue
- Dec 2016. Trump’s First 100 Days: Environmental Policy and Public Lands by Cally Carswell
- Dec 2016. Donald Trump’s poisoned planet: The Bush-era EPA set back climate-change progress by decades — this could be worse by Amanda Marcotte
- Dec 2016. US businesses push against Trump's attempts to dismiss climate change by Richard Luscombe
- Dec 2016. Why climate scientists are taking fact-checking into their own hands by Ben Rosen
- Dec 2016. The trolling of Elon Musk: how US conservatives are attacking green tech by Jamie Doward
- Dec 2016. How Will Trump Use Science to Further His Political Agenda? by Sarah Zhang
- Dec 2016. The 9 Best Reactions to the House Science Committee’s Breitbart Tweet by Ryan F. Mandelbaum
- Dec 2016. Trump's First 100 Days: Science Education and Schools by Devin Powell
- Nov 2016. Automation, Climate Change and Donald Trump: What Kind of Future Are We In For? by John Light
- Nov 2016. The Latest: Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, to meet with Al Gore
- Dec 2016. Al Gore: climate change threat leaves 'no time to despair' over Trump victory by Oliver Milman
- Dec 2016. Scientists and environmentalists are bracing for a clash with Trump by Juliet Eilperin and Chris Mooney
Post-Election Commentary Related to Implications for Canada
- Nov 2016. 'Complete insanity' to pursue carbon tax now that Trump will be president, says Ambrose: Trudeau says 'you cannot separate a strong economy from a sustainable environment' by Peter Zimonjic
- Nov 2016. Trudeau set to lose environmental ally with election of Donald Trump by The Canadian Press
- Nov 2016. TransCanada Corp still ‘fully committed’ to Keystone XL, plans to engage with new president Trump by Geoffrey Morgan
- Nov 2016. Climate, trade, oil: What President Trump may mean for Canada by Alexander Panetta
- Nov 2016. Trump’s victory sends Trudeau’s energy, climate strategy into disarray by Shawn McCarthy
- Nov 2016. What we know about Trump and his energy policy by Tracy Johnson
- Nov 2016. Canada's energy pipeline prospects shoot up with Trump win by Nia Williams
- Nov 2016. Trade, environment are big worries for Canada after Trump win by David Ljunggren
- Nov 2016. Trump’s climate-change stance could hurt Canada: Former AIMCo CEO by Ian Vandaelle
- Nov 2016. If Trump stops carbon taxes in the U.S., should Canada do the same to remain competitive? by by John Ivison
- Nov 2016. Canada and world vow to battle climate change without Donald Trump by Thomas Walkom
- Nov 2016. David Suzuki on Donald Trump, climate change and the right to a healthy environment by CBC News
- Nov 2016. Trump win a challenge to Canada's climate change fight by Leehi Yona
- Nov 2016. What will a Trump presidency mean for science? by Bob McDonald
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump needs a science education by Bob McDonald
- Nov 2016. In Break From Trump, Trudeau Speeds Canada’s Coal Phase-Out by Josh Wingrove
- Nov 2016. Trudeau reveals playbook on tackling Trump climate denial by Ed King
- Nov 2016. Do not let Canada’s climate get Trumped by Debra J. Davidson
- Nov 2016. Catherine McKenna insists Ottawa will stick with plan on climate change despite Trump win by Marc-Andre Cossette,
- Nov 2016. Canada Isn’t Immune to Trump-ism by Sarah Boon
- Nov 2016. Harper, Trump & Science a la Carte: A Warning From Canada by Doug Messier
- Nov 2016. Funding surges in Canada as Trump win throws U.S. stem cell research in doubt by Ivan Semeniuk
- Nov 2016. Go North, Young Coder: How Canada's Tech Scene May Benefit From Trump's Election by Steven Melendez
And finally, the beginning of the tally of cuts, etc.
- Nov 2016. Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition by Robin Bravender (and 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Nov 2016. Transition Team Statement on Energy Independence is very fossil fuel oriented
- Nov 2016. Chief Strategest Steve Bannon in Pretty Anti-Science
- Nov 2016. Climate denial is official position of Trump administration according to Reince Priebus (More)
- Nov 2016. The new Secretary of Health and Human Services is a member of a fringe medical organization. Here’s what that means. by Orac
- Nov 2016. Trump Names Two Opponents of Net Neutrality to Oversee FCC Transition Team by Michael Nunez
- Nov 2016. Trump Picks a Climate Skeptic to Enforce Environmental Laws: Jeff Sessions, choice for attorney general, has ridiculed greenhouse gas regulations by Camille von Kaenel
- Nov 2016. Scottie Nell Hughes, A Trump Surrogate Drops the Mic: 'There's No Such Thing as Facts'
- Nov 2016. Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ by Oliver Milman (More: 1 2 3)
- Nov 2016. Trump's pick for US health secretary has pushed to cut science spending: Tom Price, Republican congressman from Georgia, has a thin track-record on science and research issues by Sara Reardon
- Nov 2016. Trump's Education Secretary Choice, Betsy DeVos, Is A Blow To Our Nation's Science Health by Emily Willingham (More: 1 2 3)
- Nov 2016. Trump climate change adviser provides CBC with dubious sources by Karl Nerenberg
- Dec 2016. Trump adds Amy Oliver Cooke, ‘mother in love with fracking’ to EPA team by Devin Henry (More)
- Dec 2016. The House Committee on Science just Tweeted a "Science" Article from Breitbart: The Tweet Takes a Jab at "Climate Alarmists" by Rachel Feltman (More 1 2 3 4)
Some Meta-Commentary Related More to Activism than Directly to Science
- Nov 2016. The scientifically proven, step-by-step guide to having a breakthrough conversation across party lines by Lila MacLellan
- Nov 2016. Get Ready to Fight for What Matters by Barbara Fister
- Nov 2016. Selected Annotated Bibliography for the Librarian Resistance by Jessamyn West
- Nov 2016. Public In/Formation: Now more than ever, we need to create and defend vital spaces of information exchange. Librarians, step up. by Shannon Mattern
- Nov 2016. Did I become a radical or did one side of the aisle simply become the enemy of reason? by Andrew Logan
- Nov 2016. The Way to Stop Trump by David Cole
- Nov 2016. Trump Syllabus 2.0: A Supplementary Reading List by Stephen G. Hall
- Nov 2016. Trump Syllabus 2.0 by N. D. B. Connolly and Keisha N. Blain
- Nov 2016. 'Post-truth' declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
- Nov 2016. We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump by Sarah Kendzior
- Nov 2016. A post-election guide to changing hearts and minds by Valerie Aurora
To repeat. This initial list is quick and very preliminary. Please let me know if there's anything you think I should include, either in the comments or at email@example.com. I'm not attempting to be comprehensive or complete in the commentary I'm picking up, but I do want to attempt to be fairly representative.
If I've missed anything or if anything I've included probably shouldn't be included, let me know and I'll take a look and evaluate.
I will be updating this master list as time goes by.
Update 2016.11.21. Quite a bit of commentary added, as well as some general info related to activism and resistance. One incident added, related to Steve Bannon. I'm treading a fine line between "what might happen and it would be bad" and "this is a thing that we know is actually happening." Probably the announcement of the actual cabinet will bring more information on the what the Trump presidency will mean for science, the environment and public health.
Update 2016.12.06. Quite a bit added again, lots of commentary and "meta" items. In particular, as the cabinet and other appointments are fleshed out, there's more to identify as issues.
Thanks so much for this. This is important work and I very much appreciate you taking this on.
Don’t worry, John.
When anthropogenic climate change causes NYC and LA to be under water in 2024, Trump’s endorsed successor may lose in a landslide.
(But I wouldn’t bet on either happening.)
“If all these experiences have taught me anything, it’s that librarians may be the only first responders holding the line between America and a raging national pandemic of absolutism.”
Librarians and book worms to the rescue!
Do people still go to libraries?
Are there any “science” issues besides AGW?
Thanks for the legwork on this issue, getting it on the record all in one place.
Amy, Mark, You're welcome.
See, isn't climate change enough? It's kind of the defining issues of our times? And we're talking three days after the election so we'll just have to see what develops.
Potential issues include protection of the environment as a whole and funding levels and priorities for science research, the same kinds of issues as with the Harper government in Canada. Muzzling of scientists ability to speak freely about their research was a concern as well and it's possible that could become an issue.
Like I said, we'll see.
To John #4:
Me: “Are there any “science” issues besides AGW?”
John D.: “See, isn’t climate change enough? It’s kind of the defining issues of our times? And we’re talking three days after the election so we’ll just have to see what develops.”
Well, we may disagree about whether AGW is “science”,
but whatever the hell it is, we’re told the “science” is SETTLED.
So, no more need to spend money and time on *that* “science”.
NOW, it’s a matter of political decisions on what to do about the “settled science” of AGW.
And I suspect under a Trump presidency we’ll be doing a hell of a lot less than under Hellary, the wicked witch of the west.
And that’s a good thing.
"Do people still go to libraries?"
Coming from someone who never went to a library (you) that is a worthless question.
sn illustrates perfectly the anti-science - indeed, the anti-education- push of the modern right, not just trump. Any bit of science that they don't like must be silenced, and the statements of anyone with a degree in science must be completely ignored.
we will be seeing the trump presidency doing a lot less than, well, than that of the presidency of any decent person. That is the problem - there is no trace of decency around trump, or the leaders of the modern right as a group.
"Trump won’t be terrible for science in exactly the same way that Harper was in Canada."
My first thought was that today's announcement that NASA's Earth science funding would be cut because it's being used to "politicize" science seems right out of the Stephen Harper playbook. You can't read about science that we don't do.
This is great John! Thank you for taking on this effort after doing such a wonderful job of tracking the war on science in your own country!
I just started a similar list, available here: https://pinboard.in/u:kbriney/t:TrumpSci/ My list is not as comprehensive as yours but I wanted to share in case I spotted something you haven't.
I'm particularly focused on the retention of open data policies (related to my library work) and the continued access to all scientific information (no muzzling, no deletion of information, retention of open access initiatives, etc.).
Thanks and keep up the good work!