Federal “brain drain” threatens American scientific leadership, new report says

March 17, 2021 ☼ sciencetrumpshit

Source: The Washington Post - Link

Although there were cuts during the Obama administration, the “political marginalization of science” occurred under former president Donald Trump and was most acute, the report added, when science conflicted with the administration’s political objectives. Government scientists who balked at suppressing climate change threats or industry deregulation proposals “found themselves at the center of the fiercest scientific clashes of the Trump era.”

In an opening statement prepared for the hearing, Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), chairman of the subcommittee, cited “the last administration’s hostility towards evidence-based decision-making” for leaving scientists demoralized.

“Far too often,” he said, “their expertise was ignored, their motives were impugned, and their work was dismissed. And this crisis arrived after years of budget constraints had already slashed their funding.”

This is one of the worst outcomes of the Trump presidency.