Donald Trump’s contempt for science and fact-based reality has crystallized during the first few weeks of his presidency: from placing gag orders on government scientists, to denying easily verifiable data, to inventing out of whole cloth the outrageous concept of “alternative facts“, his actions have been deeply disturbing to the scientific community. Now, a candidate for the French presidency is wooing American scientists uneasy with Trump’s anti-science agenda.
As reported by the Washington Post, “Emmanuel Macron, France’s liberal former economy minister and a leading candidate for president, has a message for U.S. climate researchers who are worried about the fate of their research under President Trump: “Please, come to France, you are welcome.”
“I do know how your new president now has decided to jeopardize your budget, your initiatives, as he is extremely skeptical of climate change. I have no doubt about climate change, and how committed we have to be regarding this issue.”
Despite the offer, it looks American scientists are preferring to stay put and fight the administration’s anti-science crusade from within: a Scientists’ March on Washington is planned for April 22, 2017.