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'Trump’s newly proposed federal budget for 2019 continues the assault on knowledge and reason. The few increases, to the budgets of the Energy and Interior Departments, are designed to fund fossil-fuel research, offshore drilling, and surface mining.The National Institute of Mental Health would see its budget slashed by 30%.; a number of important Earth-science missions would be eliminated, and Trump would attempt to defund and privatize the International Space Station by 2025,But Trump has already damaged the scientific cause by simply doing nothing. Thirteen months into his first term, key posts at numerous federal agencies remain unfilled. And many of the candidates whom Trump has nominated for science-oriented roles are woefully under-qualified.. The Department of the Interior lacks eleven of its seventeen senior officials.'