Trump Plans to Defund NASA's Climate Programs Worries Experts
It is public knowledge how United States of America president-elect, Donald Trump, has never been a big supporter or believer of the fight against climate change. In fact, in a tweet sent out a few years before his campaign, the former reality television personality stated that climate change is not real and is just a conspiracy developed by the Chinese in order to sabotage the U.S. manufacturing industry.
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive" read Donald Trump's tweet.
The inauguration of the new president is scheduled for early next year. As the date approaches, more and more details surrounding the upcoming administration's plans for the country have begun to surface. Unfortunately, initiatives towards climate change seem very unfavorable, thus worrying environmentalists.
Last Nov. 23, 2016, The Guardian sat down with Bob Walker, senior Trump campaign adviser, in order to discuss the future of NASA during Trump's presidential stint. According to Walker, Trump and his team considers the agency's main objective to be exploration. He explains that projects geared towards climate change, global warming and the like should be relegated to other departments of the government.
Walker, however, was quick to explain that it might be almost impossible to stop current Earth-centric NASA projects. However, other agencies would most likely be responsible for these initiatives in the future. He clarifies that the administration believes in the output of experts and scientists. Nevertheless, during Trump's presidency science would be a little less politicized.
"My guess is that it would be difficult to stop all ongoing Nasa programs but future programs should definitely be placed with other agencies. 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 upon solid science, not politicized science" quipped Walker.