Update 2017.01.31: First post-inauguration chronology post is done, covering the first week of the Trump administration.
From the point of view of someone sitting North of the Canadian/US border, the results of this week's US Federal election are somewhat terrifying. And honestly and truly as a Canadian and a Torontonian, I say this without a bit of smugness. Been there, done that, if not quite on the same scale.
And by done that, I mean that I've often seen my mission to document important stories in the world. In the past, mostly Canadian or mostly in the library world and all basically about science.
This time around, I'm going to start a project about science in the new Donald Trump administration. I believe Trump will be terrible for science, technology, the environment and public health. And I intend to document that here. Of course, Trump won't be terrible for science in exactly the same way that Harper was in Canada. For example, he may not target research funding in the same way. On the other hand, the environment may fare much worse and ultimately muzzling may also prove to be a problem. It's only over the course of the next couple of years that we'll really and truly get a sense of the implications.
But why wait until we see the share of how exactly Trump is bad for science to start keeping track?
I like what David Kipen said today in the LA Times.
If all these experiences have taught me anything, it’s that librarians may be the only first responders holding the line between America and a raging national pandemic of absolutism. More desperately than ever, we need our libraries now, and all three of their traditional pillars: 1) education, 2) good reading and 3) the convivial refuge of a place apart. In other words, libraries may be the last coal we have left to blow on.
First Responder -- Information Division is a role I can live with.
Like Anil Dash says, "Forget “Why?”, it’s time to get to work."
Don’t waste a single moment listening to the hand-wringing of the pundit class about Why This Happened, or people on TV talking about What This Means. The most important thing is that we focus on the work that needs to be done now. While so many have been doing what it takes to protect the marginalized and to make society more just, we must increase our urgency on those efforts, even while we grieve over this formidable defeat.
It is completely understandable, and completely human, to be depressed, demoralized or overwhelmed by the enormity of this broad embrace of hateful rhetoric and divisive policy. These are battles that have always taken decades to fight, and progress has never been smooth and steady — we’ve always faced devastating setbacks. If you need to take time to mourn, then do. But it’s imperative that we use our anger, our despair, our disbelief to fuel an intense, focused and effective campaign to protect and support the marginalized.
And it has to start now.
My small contribution is focusing on the effects the Trump administration will have on science, technology, the environment and public health. (As with my Canadian project, I consider healthcare funding models outside of my scope.)
So let's get started. I have a few sections to this post. The first will focus on documenting what happened before November 8, 2016. What he said about science and the environment. The second section will focus on commentary in the past few days since the election. The third section will be similar, but focusing on the implications for Canada. The final section will begin documenting actual anti-science actions and policies (yay, we already have a couple!)
Wish me luck. As usual, everyone should feel free to suggest things I've missed, either in the comments or privately at email@example.com. I'm not attempting to be comprehensive or complete in the commentary I'm picking up, but I do want to attempt to be fairly representative.
- Nov 2016. How President-Elect Trump Views Science: The victor’s opinions about 20 subjects, from climate change to public health by Christine Gorman
- Nov 2016. With Trump as president, China—China!—will be the world’s biggest champion of fighting climate change by Cassie Werber
- Nov 2016. Trump win opens way for China to take climate leadership role by Valerie Volcovici and Sue-Lin Wong
- Nov 2016. Trump to derail Obamacare and tighten abortion laws. He also believes vaccines cause autism by Léa Surugue
- Nov 2016. President Donald Trump’s Claim Vaccines Cause Autism Debunked By Health Experts, It Is NOT TRUE! by Collie Lane
- Nov 2016. Trump win the 'most miserable U.S. election result' for fighting climate change, scientists say by The Associated Press
- Nov 2016. How Scientists Reacted to the U.S. Election Results: Trump victory generates shock, disbelief and fear of funding cuts by Lauren Morello
- Nov 2016. What the Trump win means for tech, science, and beyond: Net neutrality, science-based policy are threatened. A maximalist IP approach looms. by David Kravets
- Nov 2016. 3 reasons researchers are terrified about Donald Trump's presidency by Lindsay Dodgson
- Nov 2016. Trump likely to try to reverse Obama environment initiatives by Jason Dearen
- Nov 2016. What does a Trump presidency mean for climate change? by Angela Chen
- Nov 2016. Trump prepares to dismantle US environmental law by Dave Keating
- Nov 2016. There’s no way around it: Donald Trump looks like a disaster for the planet by Brad Plumer
- Nov 2016. Scientists And Doctors Are Freaking Out About A President Trump by Buzzfeed news team
- Nov 2016. Trump’s victory shocks international climate negotiations by Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis
- Nov 2016. The environmental resistance will stand against Trump by Kate Colwell
- Nov 2016. The U.S. election is over. Who will hold key science leadership jobs? by David Malakoff
- Nov 2016. Trump's NASA looks good for human space exploration and terrible for Earth science: And public-private partnerships will likely continue by Loren Grush
- Nov 2016. What Trump's Surprise Victory Could Mean for Science: His stunning win took many people in both parties by surprise—and scientists are only beginning to process the possible fallout by Ryan F. Mandelbaum
- Nov 2016. What Trump presidency means for climate change action by Scott Sutherland
- Nov 2016. Will Trump slash public funding for scientific research? Maybe, maybe not by Alessandra Potenza
- Nov 2016. What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Science? By Laura Geggel and Kacey Deamer
- Nov 2016. Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump’s Win: What the election results mean for science, in gut responses from Scientific American’s Board of Advisers by Andrea Gawrylewski
- Nov 2016. What Trump can—and can't—do all by himself on climate by Paul Voosen
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’ by Coral Davenport
- Nov 2016. Trump Administration: a climate denier for the EPA, a Goldman-Sachs banker for Treasury by Cory Doctorow
- Nov 2016. Climate change: Nations will push ahead with plans despite Trump by Matt McGrath
- Nov 2016. Physics Doesn't Care Who Was Elected President: Eight worrisome climate patterns are well underway, regardless of politics by Brian Kahn
Post-Election Commentary Added November 21, 2016
Post-Election Commentary Related to Implications for Canada
- Nov 2016. 'Complete insanity' to pursue carbon tax now that Trump will be president, says Ambrose: Trudeau says 'you cannot separate a strong economy from a sustainable environment' by Peter Zimonjic
- Nov 2016. Trudeau set to lose environmental ally with election of Donald Trump by The Canadian Press
- Nov 2016. TransCanada Corp still ‘fully committed’ to Keystone XL, plans to engage with new president Trump by Geoffrey Morgan
- Nov 2016. Climate, trade, oil: What President Trump may mean for Canada by Alexander Panetta
- Nov 2016. Trump’s victory sends Trudeau’s energy, climate strategy into disarray by Shawn McCarthy
- Nov 2016. What we know about Trump and his energy policy by Tracy Johnson
- Nov 2016. Canada's energy pipeline prospects shoot up with Trump win by Nia Williams
- Nov 2016. Trade, environment are big worries for Canada after Trump win by David Ljunggren
- Nov 2016. Trump’s climate-change stance could hurt Canada: Former AIMCo CEO by Ian Vandaelle
- Nov 2016. If Trump stops carbon taxes in the U.S., should Canada do the same to remain competitive? by by John Ivison
- Nov 2016. Canada and world vow to battle climate change without Donald Trump by Thomas Walkom
- Nov 2016. David Suzuki on Donald Trump, climate change and the right to a healthy environment by CBC News
- Nov 2016. Trump win a challenge to Canada's climate change fight by Leehi Yona
- Nov 2016. What will a Trump presidency mean for science? by Bob McDonald
- Nov 2016. Donald Trump needs a science education by Bob McDonald
- Nov 2016. In Break From Trump, Trudeau Speeds Canada’s Coal Phase-Out by Josh Wingrove
- Nov 2016. Trudeau reveals playbook on tackling Trump climate denial by Ed King
- Nov 2016. Do not let Canada’s climate get Trumped by Debra J. Davidson
- Nov 2016. Catherine McKenna insists Ottawa will stick with plan on climate change despite Trump win by Marc-Andre Cossette,
- Nov 2016. Canada Isn’t Immune to Trump-ism by Sarah Boon
- Nov 2016. Harper, Trump & Science a la Carte: A Warning From Canada by Doug Messier
- Nov 2016. Funding surges in Canada as Trump win throws U.S. stem cell research in doubt by Ivan Semeniuk
- Nov 2016. Go North, Young Coder: How Canada's Tech Scene May Benefit From Trump's Election by Steven Melendez
And finally, the beginning of the tally of cuts, etc.
- Nov 2016. Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition by Robin Bravender (and 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Nov 2016. Transition Team Statement on Energy Independence is very fossil fuel oriented
- Nov 2016. Chief Strategest Steve Bannon in Pretty Anti-Science
- Nov 2016. Climate denial is official position of Trump administration according to Reince Priebus (More)
- Nov 2016. The new Secretary of Health and Human Services is a member of a fringe medical organization. Here’s what that means. by Orac
- Nov 2016. Trump Names Two Opponents of Net Neutrality to Oversee FCC Transition Team by Michael Nunez
- Nov 2016. Trump Picks a Climate Skeptic to Enforce Environmental Laws: Jeff Sessions, choice for attorney general, has ridiculed greenhouse gas regulations by Camille von Kaenel
- Nov 2016. Scottie Nell Hughes, A Trump Surrogate Drops the Mic: 'There's No Such Thing as Facts'
- Nov 2016. Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ by Oliver Milman (More: 1 2 3)
- Nov 2016. Trump's pick for US health secretary has pushed to cut science spending: Tom Price, Republican congressman from Georgia, has a thin track-record on science and research issues by Sara Reardon
- Nov 2016. Trump's Education Secretary Choice, Betsy DeVos, Is A Blow To Our Nation's Science Health by Emily Willingham (More: 1 2 3)
- Nov 2016. Trump climate change adviser provides CBC with dubious sources by Karl Nerenberg
- Dec 2016. Trump adds Amy Oliver Cooke, ‘mother in love with fracking’ to EPA team by Devin Henry (More)
- Dec 2016. The House Committee on Science just Tweeted a "Science" Article from Breitbart: The Tweet Takes a Jab at "Climate Alarmists" by Rachel Feltman (More 1 2 3 4)
Some Meta-Commentary Related More to Activism than Directly to Science
To repeat. This initial list is quick and very preliminary. Please let me know if there's anything you think I should include, either in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm not attempting to be comprehensive or complete in the commentary I'm picking up, but I do want to attempt to be fairly representative.
If I've missed anything or if anything I've included probably shouldn't be included, let me know and I'll take a look and evaluate.
I will be updating this master list as time goes by.
Update 2016.11.21. Quite a bit of commentary added, as well as some general info related to activism and resistance. One incident added, related to Steve Bannon. I'm treading a fine line between "what might happen and it would be bad" and "this is a thing that we know is actually happening." Probably the announcement of the actual cabinet will bring more information on the what the Trump presidency will mean for science, the environment and public health.
Update 2016.12.06. Quite a bit added again, lots of commentary and "meta" items. In particular, as the cabinet and other appointments are fleshed out, there's more to identify as issues.