NASA To Lose Climate Research As Trump Kills Off "Politically Correct" Science

A photograph of declining Arctic sea ice taken during Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission designed to track the changing cryosphere. NASA

Weirdly, Walker’s comments seem to clash with those made most recently by his boss.

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times yesterday, President-elect Trump seemed to wind back on his strident climate change denial viewpoints, suggesting that there might actually be “some connectivity” between human actions and climate change. When it came to the Paris agreement, the future leader of the free world said that he was open to it.

Optimists be warned. Trump has a track record of being incredibly anti-scientific, in that he either spouts unfounded, nonsense claims or that he actively pushes back against the advice of the scientific community. The editorial board for the NYT have come to the conclusion that he simply lacks any sort of knowledge about many of the things he’s talking about.

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That’s why, in order to gain insight into how America might be run, it’s good to look to his advisors. After all, he seems to be agreeing with whatever they are saying even after the briefest of meetings, which implies he will govern like a CEO runs a highly complex business – by giving those in charge of various departments the power to do as they wish.

So with people like climate change denier Myron Ebell in charge of dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency, and Bob Walker in charge of NASA’s fiscal policy, it looks like the Earth has a pretty big fight on its hands.

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