I think the biggest impact of the Trump administrations attack on science, is that scientists don’t feel welcome anymore.
Which will have PROFOUND effects on our economic growth and how we are perceived as a world leader. PROFOUND.
And one common misconception I hear is that scientists think/support an idea because they are being paid to. Spoiler alert: scientist don’t get paid much in the best of times. Federal scientist almost never get paid enough. Ever.
So it’s disheartening to hear that those who are working tirelessly as civil servants are leaving the agencies in droves. Read about it here.