How President-Elect Trump Views Science

Nov 21, 2016

By Christine Gorman

It’s hard to know what President-elect Donald J. Trump will do on scientific issues, since he has not gone into much detail on the stump. But before the election we and our partners at ScienceDebate.org asked his campaign for his positions on certain important science issues. Here are the relevant passages, which may offer clues on his policy directions.

Innovation
Science and engineering have been responsible for over half of the growth of the U.S. economy since WWII. But some reports question America’s continued leadership in these areas. What policies will best ensure that America remains at the forefront of innovation?

Innovation has always been one of the great by-products of free market systems. Entrepreneurs have always found entries into markets by giving consumers more options for the products they desire.  The government should do all it can to reduce barriers to entry into markets and should work at creating a business environment where fair trade is as important as free trade.  Similarly, the federal government should encourage innovation in the areas of space exploration and investment in research and development across the broad landscape of academia. Though there are increasing demands to curtail spending and to balance the federal budget, we must make the commitment to invest in science, engineering, healthcare and other areas that will make the lives of Americans better, safer and more prosperous.


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4 comments on “How President-Elect Trump Views Science

  • Worthless Q & A with “Trump’s campaign”. The answers were written by one of his campaign staff members, and mean nothing – as they (the members and the comments) are not honest. They mean nothing, indicate nothing.

    Here’s an example of a lie. So consider this when you read the other answers.

    “The United States government should not spy on its own citizens. That will not happen in a Trump administration.” Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

    He has gone into some detail! He said climate change is bullshit on a number of occasions. And he hired a climate skeptic to run the EPA transition. Come on, Scientific American!



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  • @OP – Similarly, the federal government should encourage innovation in the areas of space exploration and investment in research and development across the broad landscape of academia.

    Oh yeah! Like the fraud perpetrated on students by “Trump University”!



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  • …before the election we and our partners at ScienceDebate.org asked his campaign for his positions on certain important science issues…

    Shouldn’t have they asked him “What is Science?” first?

    Many business “Entrepreneurs” confuse Science with its applications, and imagine they can improve Science by forcing it into a business-enterprise model… a pure (and dangerous) delusion, in my view.



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  • @OP – How President-Elect Trump Views Science

    I think his views on man-made climate change, appointment of deniers, and proposal to de-fund NASA’s Earth science research, answers that question!

    He hasn’t got a clue about science , and pompously disparages it – along with anything else which does not support Trump’s commercial interests, bigotry, and biases!!

    Science obviously has very little to do with those all important elite social and business gatherings in the bars of posh golf courses and casinos!



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