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Survey Shows Science Is In Crisis Under Trump

According to many news outlets and releases, acceptance that human beings are the main and biggest root of climate change is growing among the general public. This is despite the countless conspiracy theorists and naysayers that spread misinformation by stating that climate change isn’t a man-made problem, and that it’s merely part of the Earth’s natural cycle. For many, that’s a good thing while time is running out to do some actual lasting change that can help combat it and secure a future of the coming generation.

With that being said, studies also show that when it comes to policymakers, acceptance is on the decline, and it can be traced to the current Trump administration.

At least, that’s what the peer-reviewed study made by the Environmental Research Communications concluded when it was released just this Thursday. Per the study, the years 2010 and 2017 saw policymakers from Washington become much less supportive of climate change and the science behind it. This is further worsened by the ensuing ideological echo chambers of the elites, which led to views that have increasingly become polarized.

“In 2010, the science of climate change was considered settled among policy actors. But respondents changed their views to be less supportive of the science that climate change is anthropogenic between the years 2010 to 2017. And in 2017 — after President Trump had taken office — the experts formed multiple echo chambers according to whether they agreed that climate change is caused by humans,” wrote the researchers.

Furthermore, another alarming study also found that both government science and research are becoming more politicized by the second, and the process that guarantees there are qualified people sitting on federal positions are starting to crumble down.

It’s also bad when a bulk of these problems is spread by the president himself, whenever he blatantly criticizes climate change and the science behind it, challenging the views of an already polarized public.

Per the study, leaving these antics by the president unchecked might result in future administrations that might follow similar steps, which can lead to the undermining of both research and science in the government, when these branches do what they can to be in service of the nation.

Donald Trump Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. Gage Skidmore/flickr