Trump Advisers to Crackdown 'Politicized Science,' Dismantle NASA Climate Change Research
It looks like President-elect Donald Trump still hasn't figured out climate change and its threat to humanity. Recent reports say that the new administration has plans to dismantle NASA's climate change research as its way of tackling "politicized science".
One of Trump's senior advisers is adamant on putting an end on "politicized science", according to recent reports. With that, NASA's Earth science might be stripped of funding. Trump will allegedly channel the funds to deep space explorations instead of Earth-based science designed to monitor and fight the effects of climate change.
"I believe that climate research is necessary but it has been heavily politicized, which has undermined a lot of the work that researchers have been doing. Mr. Trump's decisions will be based on solid science, not politicized science," Bob Walker, one of Trump's senior advisers said in a statement.
The new president of the United States wanted to explore the Solar System and the moon before the end of the century. Although deep space exploration programs will definitely benefit from additional funding, the effects of losing funds for climate change research may be unprecedented.
NASA is currently involved in climate change research with its fleet of satellites monitoring clouds, ice and climate activities. The Earth science division is supposed to experience a budget growth for its programs next year, but it is still in question under the new Trump administration.
"We see Nasa in an exploration role, in deep space research," Bob Walker, Trump's senior campaign adviser said in an interview with the Guardian. "Earth-centric science is better placed at other agencies where it is their prime mission," Walker added.
For Walker, other non-space related science should be placed into the hands of other agencies. But experts say that no one could compare or replace NASA since it has a fleet of satellites and instruments that can do the job.
Despite the reports, NASA says that the agency is ready to receive Trump's transition team and is willing to cooperate for a "smooth transition" from the old to the new administration.