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Thu Mar 23, 2017, 08:03 PM

Trumps budget is everything scientists have been fearing - Vox.com

"The outline cuts at least $7 billion for research on climate change, diseases, and energy."


The top-line numbers of President Donald Trumpís budget proposal should give the nationís scientists shivers. The administration doesnít seem to think science should be a priority at all.

The blueprint released today is preliminary. The administration still needs to draft a full budget, which we wonít see until May. And ultimately, itís up to Congress to decide who gets what.

But whatís important about this budget proposal is that it tells the public and Congress where the presidentís concerns lie. And they donít appear to be issues like climate change, disease treatment and prevention, or basic research funding for universities.

In all, we count up least $7 billion in reductions to science programs, including:

A $5.8 billion reduction in funding to the National Institutes of Health (18 percent of its total budget.) Most of the NIHís budget goes to funding research in health care in universities across the country.


A $900 million reduction in the Energy Departmentís basic science research. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ó a $300 million program that provides grants for energy research ó is wholly eliminated because ďthe private sector is better positioned to finance disruptive energy research.Ē


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