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PostSubject: The nations top rent-seeking scientists can't get through to Trump and they're alarmed   Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:23 am

Leaders of several of the nation's top science organizations say they've been shunned by the Trump administration and are alarmed by signs that the administration will muzzle government researchers and reject the scientific evidence that informs such critical issues as vaccine safety and climate change.

Their comments in interviews with The Washington Post come as scientists around the country are considering a grass-roots revolt against President Trump that could include a march on Washington. The sudden eruption of activism among people typically more comfortable in a laboratory or manipulating equations was incited in part by reports that the Trump administration is restricting the ability of government employees, including scientists, to communicate with the public.

“The signals are not encouraging, and they’re alarming, and they’re causing a lot of fear in the scientific community,” said Christine McEntee, chief executive and executive director of the American Geophysical Union. ... “I’ve never seen the scientific community so concerned,” said Rush Holt, chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “This goes way beyond funding. When fake news is accepted as just one of the alternate approaches, then there are serious problems to be addressed.”
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Soon after the election, Holt, a physicist and former Democratic congressman from New Jersey, and 28 other leaders of scientific organizations wrote a letter to President-elect Trump asking for a meeting and urging Trump to appoint quickly a respected science adviser. Holt said he received only a cursory response and has yet to meet with anyone associated with Trump. He said he's also written to every Cabinet nominee. These efforts have been fruitless, he said.

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