“It’s fair to say that in the scientific community, the four years of the Trump administration are going to be remembered as an intense moment of searing pain, one that is best forgotten as soon as the damage is repaired,” says Representative Bill Foster (D-IL), Congress’s sole PhD physicist.

“It would have been hard to imagine a president doing as much damage to science and Americans’ trust in science and the application of science to so many problems this country faces,” echoes Neal Lane, science adviser to President Bill Clinton and a former NSF director. “We’ve been through four years of hell.”

“At the broadest level, on discussion of the issues in our body politic, [the Trump administration] did terrible harm to any fact-based discourse,” says Richard Moss, a visiting researcher at Princeton University and director of the US Global Change Research Program in the Clinton and George W. Bush...

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