Written on: March 18, 2019
This Action Alert comes from the Union of Concerned Scientists:
The White House’s censorship of a report on drinking water contamination.
The Department of Interior’s restrictions on scientists being able to talk with the media, share research, or even say the words “climate change.”
When science is censored or manipulated, government decisions about our health, safety, and environment suffer.
Thankfully, at our 50th anniversary celebration in Washington, DC, recently, Senator Brian Schatz (HI) and Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced a policy solution. The Scientific Integrity Act not only combats the onslaught of the White House’s attacks on federal scientists and their research but proactively protects the independence of science in agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Scientists need to be able to follow their research wherever it leads—without political interference—and share their findings honestly with the public. This legislation makes science-based policy solutions more likely on the full scale of issues that affect our lives, from chemicals in household products to sustainable, affordable food creation.
Campaign and Science Network Manager
Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists