The Trump administration is now notorious for its anti-science stance — or at least science that contradicts its views on climate change and other significant matters.
But that did not stop Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from making the laughable assertion that President Donald Trump’s White House “has relied on science far more than the previous administration, and I would argue more than any administration in history,” according to MSNBC.
Pompeo’s comment came during an event in Kansas, when he was asked about the administration’s troubled relationship with scientists by a Kansas State University physics professor.
“As you know, there have been an exodus of scientists across many of the federal agencies,” the professor began. “This exodus has been driven largely because the results of their work has been suppressed. Indeed, recently a well-regarded physicist/chemist Dr. Rod Schoonover left the U.S. Department of State due to the suppression of even a security-cleared version of his assessment on the impact of climate change on national security. I add parenthetically that, in my opinion, the Department of State can ill afford the loss of any good scientists.”
And then came the question: “My question is: Do you support the suppression of scientific reports from within the U.S. Department of State? If not, how did this happen? And if so, why?”
Pompeo responded with his ridiculous claim: “Well, it won’t shock you that I disagree with most of what you just said. Of course, no one supports the absence of science. I would argue that this State Department – indeed, this administration – has relied on science far more than the previous administration, and I would argue more than any administration in history. […]
“We turn to scientists and facts-based approaches to every single difficult challenge we face every day.”
Meanwhile, Politico reported in June that “The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department’s acclaimed in-house scientists.”
And MSNBC noted that “the administration has also gone to absurd lengths to force out career scientists at the USDA whose work has proved inconvenient to the White House.”
Even more recent — and perhaps more egregious — Trump officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration castigated National Weather Service scientists for contradicting the president’s claims that Hurricane Dorian would strike a blow to Alabama earlier this month.