AGU Slams Trump’s Science Budget Cuts as “Short-sighted and Dangerous”

Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AGU PR)—This statement is attributable to Christine McEntee, Executive Director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union (AGU):

“President Trump’s proposed budget, if enacted, would be a step backward for scientific progress, jeopardize the U.S.’s role as a leader in innovation, and harm the American public. The cuts to federal agencies such as DOE, EPA, NOAA, NSF, USGS, and programs within NASA, will put the safety and wellbeing of millions of families and companies at risk. These agencies provide research and data that are critical in informing and shaping decisions that protect public health and safety, support national security, and facilitate economic stability and job growth in the US.

We are disheartened and significantly concerned by the president’s budget proposal, which clearly devalues science and research.

Investment in Earth and space science has given us better satellite data for our military, more accurate forecasting that protects the public from natural hazards, and improved our understanding of the effects of a changing climate on agricultural, ecosystems, and human health. Without the critical data and information this research provides, who will farmers turn to when they need help managing their crops? Who will the Pentagon turn to when they need information to support effective troop movements? Who will families turn to when a hurricane or tornado threatens their lives and livelihoods?

The proposed cuts will not only be debilitating to public-serving federally funded science programs, but will have wide-reaching effects on our ability to attract and retain the best scientific minds, maintain and improve our infrastructure, and protect the U.S. from current and future hazards.

The Administration says it wants to drive economic and societal growth, but its proposed cuts to funding for federal science agencies is in direct conflict with that goal. If we want to create an environment where our economy and our society can thrive, a strong and stable investment in science is essential.”

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  • JamesG

    This is why it is so hard to shrink the size and power of government. Those that find a way to latch on to a teat shriek and howl when its pulled away.

  • Science and the environment are so overrated anyways. Real Americans don’t need em.

  • Douglas Messier

    It’s especially difficult when the cuts are idiotic. Way to make America sicker, poorer and less competitive. Heck of a job, Trumpie.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Man I hate that Trump is shrinking the bloated government, lowering taxes, bringing jobs back home, and putting America first…oh wait, no I don’t, because I’m an American!

  • JamesG

    Yeah well.. Bulls in china shops aren’t noted for their finesse.

    Could be worse. We could keep pretending that government can spend and expand forever until their is that sudden stop and everything goes away all at once.

  • Douglas Messier

    You do realize you’re a government employee, Smokey. One of the most beloved U.S. government employee there is.

  • JamesG

    And he works for free… or for USDA welfare honey anyway.

  • Douglas Messier

    Are you kidding? Smokey is a GS 29 — the only one in the entire government. He’s enormously wealthy. And he doesn’t even work half the year. Just hibernates.

  • JamesG

    ” And he doesn’t even work half the year. Just hibernates. “

    They all do that. Its a federal employment entitlement.

  • windbourne

    no, many of the cuts that Trump is making are foolish, and the ‘savings’ are simply being moved over to military and ICE.
    IOW, so far, it does not appear to be about balancing the budget.

  • windbourne

    hmmmm.
    As somebody that has worked for CDC, NASA, and NSA,
    I have to tell you that you are WAY OFF BASE.

  • JamesG

    I guess they removed your sense of humor too huh?

  • windbourne

    Of course.
    Though that might have more to with kids.

  • Vladislaw

    Total Federal personnel (thousands)

    1962 – 5,354
    1963 – 5,260
    1964 – 5,220
    1965 – 5,215
    1966 – 5,888
    1967 – 6,416
    1968 – 6,639
    1969 – 6,575
    1970 – 6,085

    2008 – 4,206
    2009 – 4,430
    2010 – 4,443
    2011 – 4,403
    2012 – 4,312
    2013 – 4,231
    2014 – 4,185

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/historical-tables/total-government-employment-since-1962/

    We have reduced the size of government decade after decade while the population has grown by 2-3 percent a year… as JC said https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6cae6939e9d21d12ccfc2bbcf300c8767d5d0bd9625db650503368758409a27e.jpg

  • Vladislaw

    Lets all sing America the beautiful as trump made it okay to dump toxic coal and fracking chemicals into rivers and streams… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/831640aaef5e287208db41a94ccb8f8390a269ad8dff8179a59f41030746e957.jpg

  • Vladislaw

    Can’t wait to go fishing.. oops .. that’s right .. it kills the fish..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b7b7d1cdac7543fc156dfd7937cd5e76ba6bd195ac1521b965d5329fea68e8c.jpg

  • Vladislaw

    Coal ash selenium found in fish in N.C. lakes

    https://phys.org/news/2017-02-coal-ash-selenium-fish-nc.html

    Study Finds Coal Ash Is Killing or Deforming More Than a Million Fish Annually in Just One N.C. Lake
    https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/environment/study-finds-coal-ash-is-killing-or-deforming-more-than-a-million-fish-annually-in-just-one-nc-lake/

  • duheagle

    Not poorer. Employment and equity values are both up under Trump.

    As for sicker, are you aware the decades-long increase in average U.S. life expectancy came to a virtual halt during the Obama administration? From 1980 through 2010 it was increasing at an average rate of about two months per year – just short of five full years in 30 years. After the passage of Obamacare, the brakes slammed on. Last year it actually dropped for the first time in over 25 years.

    Less competitive was offshoring a lot of critical capital-intensive manufacturing due to our world’s-highest corporate tax rate imposed by Democrats. That looks to be getting fixed pretty shortly too.

    Agree about the heckuva job thing, though.

  • duheagle

    Nice try. Federal employment includes the military. The U.S. military is far smaller now than it was even in Cold War peacetime, and especially a lot smaller than it was during the Vietnam War. Cuts in military personnel are even sharper than your reported totals might seem to indicate because employment levels in the rest of the federal government have risen.

    As for ‘Ole Snakehead there, I’d say harboring homicidal illegal aliens and ending stop-and-frisk policing in major urban areas because of agitation by politically well-connected black and latin street gangs are two of the main things that make it actually easier to get away with murder. Recent murder stats back me up on that.

  • duheagle

    That looks like a picture of that river in, Colorado, I think it was, where the EPA managed to dump huge quantities of formerly sequestered mine tailings and turn the whole shebang yellow.

  • duheagle

    Depends on what the picture is actually of. Perhaps a couple of outfalls from the sewer and/or storm drain systems of some major metropolis that’s been governed by Democrats for decades?

  • duheagle

    This has been going on, to a very considerable degree, because the Obama administration spent eight years screeching about CO2 from the burning of coal and paying little or no attention to all the stuff in it that is actually harmful.

  • duheagle

    You do get around.

  • duheagle

    Foolishness seems to be very much in the eye of the beholder.

  • windbourne

    First degree was in microbiology/genetic engineering. Did CDC in 79-81(got to see what really happened with HIV, which is why I hate reagan so much).
    After doing DARPA work on chemical/biological weapons, i found computers and how much fun they are

  • JamesG

    You should have left all those zeros on the numbers and those numbers don’t reflect the number of contractors, which have taken an increasing number of roles once held by actual GSs, but still work for the federal government.

    And, James Carville is a loud mouthed idiot who rode Bill Clintons coat tails and is only famous because people have been too polite to tell him he is FOS.

  • JamesG

    And New Mexico.

  • Vladislaw

    Ya because all President Obama had to do is present the republicans an anti pollution bill and they would have all jumped on board… gosh maybe President Obama should have signed an exec order for clean water….

  • duheagle

    Obama had a filibuster-proof Congress dominated by his own party early in his administration. At that point he could have done pretty much anything he wanted. But Obama didn’t like Congress, not even the Democrats. He rarely talked to anyone in Congress. And what he mostly wanted to do was inflict some Canadian-British-style health care Commissariat on us. He had the chance to do a lot of other things. He passed.

    But he still fiddled around until Teddy Kennedy died, managing to piss enough people off even in uber-Blue Massachusetts that they voted in a – gasp! – Republican senator for awhile and Obamacare had to be rammed through on a procedural trick. Then, of course, the Republicans took back the House in a rout and anything else Obama thought he’d have plenty of time to do with his tame Democrat Congress pretty much went by the boards.

  • duheagle

    So what you’re saying is that you have the same sort of resume as pretty much every villain in every dystopian liberal paranoid fantasy movie made in the last 30 years. Perhaps you can sell your life story to Hollywood. Matt Damon can kill your on-screen counterpart – probably Julian Glover – just before he’s about to release an engineered bio-toxin that is activated via the Internet. It’ll gross $100 million its opening weekend.

  • windbourne

    Nothing villainous about my background. I have a very strong science background and served my nation. Nothing more, nothing less.