In DepthU.S. POLITICS

Scientists start to parse a Trump presidency

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Science  18 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6314, pp. 811-812
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6314.811

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The surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States was no less confounding to scientists. And although many researchers were shocked by his public statements and professed policies, they are now scrambling to make the case that research contributes to the prosperity and security of the nation. One worry is that Trump could undo Obama-era executive orders easing controls on human embryonic stem cell research and undermine high-profile regulations aimed at reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and protecting small waterways and wetlands. A second concern is that President Barack Obama won't be around to veto bills from a Republican-led Congress that scientists also oppose. History has shown, however, that having the same party control both the White House and Congress is no guarantee of legislative harmony. And science advocates are even hoping that one of Trump's priorities, a $1 trillion pledge to repair the nation's roads and bridges, harbors, airports, and rail systems, will be broadened to include cyber and scientific infrastructure.

  • * With reporting by the Science news staff.