While President Trump and Scott Pruitt, his Dissector of the EPA, abandon all sensible environmental policies in the U.S., French President Emmanuel Macron is coming to the rescue.
Having already made the disastrous decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and rescind any environmentally friendly regulations put in place during the Obama administration, the Trump White House has suppressed scientific research into climate change, leaving many scientists who relied on government grants to fund their crucial work searching for ways to continue their investigations.
Now, President Macron has announced that he will award U.S. climate scientists with grant money to conduct their research in France for the remainder of President Trump’s current presidential term, according to ABC News. In a not-so-subtle dig at Trump, Macron has dubbed the generous $70 million offer as “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants.
Of course, the grants will require that the climate researchers work in France, initiating a “brain drain” much like the exodus of rocket scientists from Germany to the U.S. after World War II. Applicants for the grants need to have a track record in climate science, have finished their thesis, and offer proposals for three to five-year projects.
Macron’s offer demonstrates several sad truths about America under Trump. That the President has ceded leadership on climate change is obvious, but abandoning a commitment to advance climate science leaves the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage as the world moves away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy.
That other countries will step up to assume the U.S.’s former leadership is also obvious.
What is not obvious is whether the U.S. will ever be able to regain momentum in scientific research and renewable energy industries after the dark ages of the Trump administration.
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