Science researchers worried about Trump’s presidency

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People all over the world have been stunned by Donald Trump’s
historic victory against Hillary Clinton to become the next
president of the United States.

Among those people are scientists, many of whom have been
concerned about statements Trump has made in the past about
science and research. Some are even worried about their jobs
in their fields, as well as Trump’s impact on the scientific
opinions of the country. 

These are some of the beliefs Trump has stated in the past which
are worrying for the scientific community.

For starters, he has said publicly that global
warming is a Chinese hoax designed to hamper other

The Paris climate agreement — the
international deal signed by world leaders in 2015 to keep
global warming under 2 degrees Celsius — is now in Trump’s
hands, and he has pledged to leave it because it
is “bad for US business.” He does not even need
Congressional approval to do so. Pulling out would mean that any
chance of denting our global emissions would be doomed, as the
USA is the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world
behind China.

Secondly, he has frequently claimed that vaccines can cause

This is a dangerous belief, because it means people feel
justified in not getting their children inoculated altogether, or
they spread jabs out too long, exposing their kids to diseases
for longer. This anti-vaccine hysteria has also led to rises in
diseases that should have long been eradicated, like measles and polio.

Thirdly, he’s open to massive funding cuts to research.

“This is terrifying for science, research, education, and the
future of our planet,” tweeted María Escudero Escribano, a
postdoc studying electro-chemistry and and sustainable energy
conversation at Stanford University in California. “I guess it’s
time for me to go back to Europe.”

“I do breast cancer research for my PhD,” tweeted Sarah Hengel, a
graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. “Scared
not only for my future but for the future of research and next
years @NIH budget.”

The new Vice President also has some questionable views on

It could be said that Mike Pence’s conservative and religious
views have colored his perceptions of science. In 2009, he wrote in The
Hill that embryonic stem cell research is
“obsolete”, after President Obama lifted federal
restrictions on such research.