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This is fine: Apparently the White House Science division has no staff now

The science division of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is officially unstaffed it seems.

The OSTP was established in 1976 with the goal of advising the president on matters related to science and technology. The science division is one of four divisions within the department, each with a different focus.

During former U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidency, the OSTP had a total of 100 employees, nine of which worked in the science division.

According to a report in CBS News, the last three remaining employees of the science division departed last week.

On Friday afternoon, the last employee officially quit, tweeting a “mic drop”.

Unlike Trump, Obama was a strong ally of science. The now empty division worked on issues such as STEM education, biotechnology and crisis response. Boring!

Trump is more interested in the exciting stuff, like getting people on Mars. Who cares about silly things like global warming? It was invented by the Chinese anyway, right? Climate change is clearly fake news.

An official from the White House has since refuted the claim that the science division is now unstaffed.

An OSTP official reportedly told The Hill that there are a total of 35 employees in OSTP and 12 in the department’s science division.

The reduction of 100 to 35 employees is being framed as a culling of a department that had become unnecessarily large. But maybe it got bigger because issues like global warming are becoming more urgent.

Kumar Garg, who formerly worked at the OSTP under Obama seems to think so. He tweeted that the lack of science roles in the Trump administration isn’t helping.

Nicole Wong, another former OSTP employee also chimed in.

Since taking office, Trump has slashed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, appointed a climate change denier as its Administrator, and pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement.

When it comes to energy, Trump is a big fan of coal and he has chosen Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy. Is Perry qualified? He has a degree in animal husbandry in case you are wondering. Perry replaced Dr Ernest Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor who has about seven degrees in science.

Trump 5, Science 0. Trump may have an early lead, but we shouldn’t count out science just yet. When things do go pear-shaped – and they will – he may wish he had listened to those egg heads and their fancy words like “sea level” “rising” and “disaster”.

It’s very little consolation, but in the meantime have a go at this game in which you can pelt a mini-Trump with globes and science books.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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