On 22nd April 2017 the world saw something it had never seen before, because it had never been needed before.
Over the years certain politicians and business leaders around the world have questioned solid scientific results seeing them as just opinions rather than peer reviewed facts. This has always happened to a certain extent of course with the deniers mainly seen as wackos or idiots.
What changed? Trump is what.
Ever since he even officially began to run for the presidency he has been pushing some pretty crazy views on scientific results and he’s appointed science deniers to his team. This is now a huge problem as he has a lot of people that believe him not only in the good old USA but all over the world. As the problem got worse with major news outlets also pushing his crazy opinions the scientific community simply had to make a stand, the March For Science was born.
Hopefully this will become an annual event so that the UK and other countries do not see the science denial growing to the extent that it has in the USA.
There were some fantastic placards and signs carried during the protests, here’s some of my favourites along with some Trump quotes and insane shit associated with him.
06/11/2012- Donald Trump – “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
27/11/2016 – Trump’s “default position” is that climate change “is a bunch of bunk.” Following Trump’s confusing New York Times interview, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus sought to reassure supporters that the president-elect is, in fact, a climate change denier. “As far as this issue on climate change, the only thing he was saying, after being asked a few questions about it, is, ‘Look, I’ll have an open mind about it,’” Priebus explained on Fox. “But he has his default position, which is that most of it is a bunch of bunk. But he’ll have an open mind and listen to people.”
26/01/2014 – Donald Trump – Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!
02/01/2014 – Donald Trump – This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice
16/02/2010 – Trump claims scientists admitted global warming is a “con.” Around this time, Trump caught wind of the so-called “ClimateGate scandal,” in which climate deniers wrongly claimed a trove of hacked emails showed that scientists had conspired to fabricate evidence of global warming. Trump said (inaccurately) on Fox News that there was an email “sent a couple months ago by one of the leaders of global warming, the initiative…almost saying—I guess they’re saying it’s a con.” He added that “in Washington, where I’m building a big development, nobody can move because we have 48 inches of snow.”
06/11/2012 – Donald Trump – “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese.”
21/09/2015 – “I’m not a believer in man-made global warming.” During the GOP primary race, Trump kept up his climate denial. Here he is on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show: “I’m not a believer in man-made global warming. It could be warming, and it’s going to start to cool at some point. And you know, in the early, in the 1920s, people talked about global cooling…They thought the Earth was cooling. Now, it’s global warming…But the problem we have, and if you look at our energy costs, and all of the things that we’re doing to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists.”
19/10/2015 – Donald Trump – “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”
26/09/2016 – Trump picks leading climate skeptic to run the EPA transition. Hours before Trump’s first debate with Hillary Clinton, word leaked that he had chosen Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute to lead his transition efforts at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell has a long history of opposing efforts to fight climate change; he’s even accused climate scientists of “manipulating and falsifying the data.” As we reported, “Ebell has called…Obama’s Clean Power Plan ‘illegal’ and the Paris Climate Accord a ‘usurpation of the Senate’s authority.’ Any small increase in global temperatures, he has said, is ‘nothing to worry about.’”
26/05/2016 – Trump pledges to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement. In a major speech on energy policy, Trump said that during his first 100 days in office, he would “rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including” his landmark climate regulations, “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement,” and “stop all payments of US tax dollars to UN global warming programs.”
30/12/2015 – “A lot of it’s a hoax,” and “I want to use hair spray.” During a campaign speech in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Trump criticized Obama for worrying too much about “the carbon footprint” of the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change—an issue that Trump proceeded to conflate with the hole in the ozone layer. “I want to use hair spray,” complained Trump. “They say, ‘Don’t use hair spray, it’s bad for the ozone.’ So I’m sitting in this concealed apartment, this concealed unit…It’s sealed, it’s beautiful. I don’t think anything gets out. And I’m not supposed to be using hair spray?” He then returned to the subject of the climate hoax: “So Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and the—a lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”
26/05/2015 – Trump says it’s “madness” to call climate change our “No. 1 problem.” The day after announcing his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, where he said he was “not a believer in man-made” warming. He added, “When I hear Obama saying that climate change is the No. 1 problem, it is just madness.”
16/03/2017 – Trump plans to cut to climate research because it’s “a waste of your money.” The Trump administration released a budget proposal that would wipe out $100 million in funding for the EPA’s climate work, including scientific research and the Clean Power Plan. The plan would eliminate international climate aid and scale back NASA’s earth science research. Asked about the cuts to climate science, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney responded, “I think the president was fairly straightforward: We’re not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.”