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Trump escalates his war against climate science

After two years of undoing the policies of his predecessor, President Trump is launching a new all-out assault against climate science, the New York Times reports:

“In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration.

It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change.

“And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests. …

“‘What we have here is a pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science — to push the science in a direction that’s consistent with their politics,’ said Philip B. Duffy, the president of the Woods Hole Research Center, who served on a National Academy of Sciences panel that reviewed the government’s most recent National Climate Assessment. ‘It reminds me of the Soviet Union.'”

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