Not Politicized Science

[The White House] is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa 1 as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.

This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provide a wealth of information on climate change, with the Earth science division’s budget set to grow to $2bn next year. By comparison, space exploration has been scaled back somewhat, with a proposed budget of $2.8bn in 2017.

Bob Walker, a senior…campaign adviser, said there was no need for Nasa to do what he has previously described as “politically correct environmental monitoring”.

“We see Nasa in an exploration role, in deep space research,” Walker told the Guardian. “Earth-centric science is better placed at other agencies where it is their prime mission.

“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. [The White House’s] decisions will be based upon solid science, not politicized science.”

Not that ol’ Bob has a horse in the climate change race… 2 3

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  1. Yes, I know it looks weird; we’re all used to seeing acronyms at least capitalized, e.g. NASA, if not overly punctuated, e.g. N.A.S.A. What can I say? it’s The Cousins: They speak/write as if they invented English.
  2. We’re so fucked…climate-wise…we’re just not going to be able to get reliable, scientific information about how fucked we are from NASA any more.
  3. Since we’re headed back to the Reagan years, except with more racism, hatred and less civil rights, perhaps we should all start humming that era’s anthem? THAT would make ‘murika great again, n’est-ce pas?

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