• By Jeffrey Mervis

    President Donald Trump has translated his campaign promise to “make America great again” into his administration’s first blueprint for federal investment in science and techn […]

    • Hooray.. Bannon is out. Finally!

    • Yayish! I suspect real failure and disgrace is a prospect for Trump. We might see a lot more de-mavericking.

      Having done this much damage so far I’m almost in two minds about having him patch things up…

    • @OP – The White House today issued a four-page memo

      I suppose 4 pages is longer than a Twiiter post, so that may be taxing the president’s concentration span!

      Innovate UK: Delivery Plan 2016 to 2017-PDF, 727KB, 32 pages

      telling federal agencies that their research dollars
      should be focused on delivering short-term dividends in strengthening national defense and border security,

      I think Trump has already illustrated his “skills” at defence planning, diplomacy, and border security!!

      the economy, and “energy dominance,”

      Ah! That should be good! 🙂
      Taking the lead on innovative sustainable energy back from China, while denying and censoring references climate change!

      as well as improving public health.

      Ah the benefits of Trump-Care replacing Obamacare – an obvious source of “GREAT Trump-speak ‘improvement’ “!

      It says achieving those goals should not require additional spending,


      and that agencies should focus primarily on basic science,

      Coming from the White house, I think that would be “alternative” basic science! – None of that hard-to-understand, advanced innovative frontier stuff or complex mathematics!

      and then step aside as quickly as possible to let industry pursue any results that show commercial promise.

      I’m sure the coal industry, the arms manufactures, and corporate health insurance, will be delighted to hear that!!

      After all, – those darned scientists have a habit of indulging in follow-up monitoring of industrial processes, – reporting findings and profit-killing problems! 🙂

    • I get the “Urban Audubon” newsletter. I read this this morning:

      The former EPA administrator Judith Enck resigned when Trump took office.

      “Trump’s environmental policies will be devastating to NYC, particularly with regard to climate change.” 97 percent of scientists agree that carbon pollution is caused by human actions. “But the astonishing EPA administrator, Pruitt, is not convinced of the science, and filed 24 lawsuits against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General.”

      Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, wants to roll back the Clean Power Plan, wants to roll back fuel efficiency standards for cars. Carbon pollution will continue unabated.

      “What does that mean for birds? ‘You will see different migration patterns interfering with nesting. Violent weather will threaten entire populations. National Audubon scientists reckon that climate change threatens the survival of over 300 bird species. […] “The White House budget calls for a cut of 31 percent of the overall EPA budget (30 percent for cleanups, and half of all the EPA’s science work.) EPA grants to states would be slashed by 44 percent.'”

      “Call members of Congress every day,” she said. “Convince them to fight against the cuts.”

      Sickening. Pathetic and sickening.

    • He departs from most things he’s said because he can’t remember his last lie.

    • their research dollars should be focused on delivering short-term dividends

      He desperately needs economic results from “policy”

    • Awesome, Alan!

    • A fascinating and depressing study in UNreason and the antithesis between reason and passion that Schopenhauer wrote about. Listen to this Trump supporter. These people are sick, demented freaks.

    • This Trump surrogate (prostitute) sounds like he’s a member of a cult, and they’re all pretty much like that. Scary.

    • Interesting, Alan. This is exactly as it seems to me. I think in the UK we are actually quite good at early state investing in the latent talent of our inventors, makers and doers. I’ve seen it from both sides of the fence and I think we are a long way from saturation. We still need plenty more new business opportunities to alter our unattractive skew in favour of arms manufacture, for instance.