Comment on President Trump’s budget proposal

Responding to President Trump’s budget proposal ‘America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again’, Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said:

“President Trump’s proposed budget would, if enacted, devastate vitally important federally-funded climate change research programmes in the United States. Members of the UK climate change research community warned the British Prime Minister in a letter in January about the consequences of killing off federally-funded climate change research in the United States. These research programmes inform policy-making not just in the United States but also across the world. Furthermore the budget proposes to slash support for international climate change activities in the State Department which would also have serious negative consequences. President Trump and his administration need to understand that they cannot make climate change disappear by effectively gouging out their eyes and cutting off their ears so that they cannot see or hear the scientific evidence. I trust that Congress will do the right thing and say no to the President’s daft proposals”.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (http://www.lse.ac.uk/grantham) was launched at the London School of Economics and Political Science in October 2008. It is funded by The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment (http://www.granthamfoundation.org/).