There is no question that Donald Trump, who dismisses climate change as a hoax cooked up by China and famously suggested that drinking disinfectants may be a way to cure COVID-19, presides over the most anti-science White House that this nation has ever seen.
Since up is down and down is up in Trump Land, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a press release on Oct 27 to tout its major accomplishments.
It is a doozy and ranks as one of the worst press releases that I have seen in my more than 30-year run at O’Dwyer’s. The release lacks details and says nothing.
The White House Science & Tech squad hails the twitter-in-chief for ending the COVID-19.
That “accomplishment” is a tad premature as the virus killed 1,016 Americans on Oct. 29 and infected more than 80K others.
A House subcommittee on the handling of the COVID-19 released a report on Oct. 30 calling it “among the worst failures of leadership in American history” and an “American fiasco.”
There is another section in the White House release called “Understanding Our Planet” that is a real head-scratcher.
It credits Trump’s leadership for “taken action to understand and protect our environment to ensure that the American people will have clean air, clean water and a resilient environment for generations to come.” That word salad is meaningless, gobbledygook.
I don’t know what planet the S&T office is talking about but on Earth their guy transformed the Environmental Protection Agency into a clubhouse for fossil fuel lobbyists and moved to trash the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Trump also never stumbled upon an Obama era environmental regulation that he liked.
But the following quote is the kicker:
“Over the past four years, President Trump’s policies and investments in science and technology ensure America stands ready to solve today’s most pressing challenges and that our workforce is prepared for tomorrow’s innovations. For years to come these achievements will guarantee the US remains the leader in research, discovery and the advancement of industries that will shape our future.”
Those hollow words are attributed to none other, but Ivanka Trump, one-time weekend teen model and marketer of Chinese-made clothing and shoes who must have a couple of high school science classes under her fashionable belt.
Melania must have been too busy to sing the praises of hubby.
The inclusion of Ivanka makes a joke about the “Advancing America’s Global Leadership in Science and Technology: Trump Administration Highlights: 2017-2020” report.
But that might be the point of the Trump administration scientists who toughed out four years of the White House’s absolute indifference to science and embracement of off-the-wall nonsense.
They are ready to close the books on the Trump nightmare and cheer Joe Biden as he works to restore the integrity of America in the global scientific community.