Drought, Hurricane, or Wildfire? Assessing the Trump Administration’s Anti-Science Disaster

Scott Frickel, Christopher M. Rea


We describe the Trump Administration as an “anti-science disaster” and approach study of the phenomenon as other disaster researchers might study the impacts of a drought, hurricane, or wildfire. An important, but rare, element of disaster research is identification of baseline data that allow scientific assessment of changes in social and natural systems. We describe three potential baselines for assessing the nature and impact of Trump’s anti-science rhetoric and (in)action on science, science policy, and politics.


Trump Administration; science policy; disasters; anti-science; methodology; politics of knowledge

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17351/ests2020.297

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