Trump claimed on Earth Day: ‘Rigorous science is critical to my administration’

If you had been living under a rock, then you might actually believe that President Trump plans to protect the environment and support science.

Trump’s Earth Day statement began:

Our Nation is blessed with abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty. Americans are rightly grateful for these God-given gifts and have an obligation to safeguard them for future generations. My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.

The statement was too little, too late as thousands of scientists and science-lovers gathered to celebrate science and protest Trump’s views on science. The March for Science, which occurred on Earth Day in more than 600 cities around the globe, included a crowd of about 40,000 marchers in DC; Reuters estimated that about 15,000 people gathered on Washington’s National Mall. Even though it was raining, it was said that more people showed up for DC’s March for Science than did for Trump’s inauguration.

(FYI: Yes, that tweet is from the Twitter user who is critical of the Trump administration and who sparked on internal investigation by the DHS Inspector General after the feds tried to “unmask” the account owner. Twitter filed a lawsuit and Senator Ron Wyden called it “witch hunt” and a “disturbing threat to free speech and whistleblower protections.” DHS backed down and withdrew its demand for Twitter to release the information.)

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