Ernest J. Moniz

Trump is at war with science and knowledge, and that should terrify you

Trump is at war with science and knowledge, and that should terrify you

Nearly every day brings a new report of a federal agency told to shut down communications with the public or even members of Congress; tweets about important topics such as climate change removed from the public record; bans on talking to the press.

This is week one of the Trump administration, and the signs are piling up that the new president’s distaste for distasteful facts will lead to, well, fewer facts.

Among the first agencies reported to face an information lockdown were the departments of Agriculture and the Interior. Scientists and other staffers at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, its main scientific arm, were told Monday to stop releasing “any...

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