November 28, 2016

What does a Trump presidency mean for science?

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Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

Everyone is scrambling to understand how the election of Donald J. Trump will impact the science and technology enterprise. In short, we know very little. Science, agriculture, and natural resources were nearly nonexistent topics in the campaign. Having never held elective office there is also no Trump record to serve as a guide.

Most decisions of funding and research priorities are determined by Congress and the political leadership of science agencies. The people selected to serve in key leadership roles will be key indicators of his priorities. The clearest indication of Trump’s views on federal science funding can be found in answers to the questionnaire developed by ScienceDebate. The answers seem to recognize the importance of federal investments in research, but his responses are short on detail. The Washington Post tries to provide some insight into Trump’s science priorities from previous statements and interviews.

Related reading in Taking Stock: Here’s some advice for you, President Trump, from scientists

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