Joel Clement

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Joel Clement is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and the public face of the UCS Science Protection Project, through which federal scientists may confidentially report political interference in government science. Mr. Clement served in the US Department of the Interior (DOI) before becoming a whistleblower in 2017. He now works to expose political interference in science from the Trump administration and Congress. See Joel's full bio.

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Trump Administration Outdoes Itself on Climate Change Denial, Insists Arctic Warming is Good

Leave it to the Trump administration to detonate the Arctic Council. normally a paragon of congeniality. Read more >

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Taking the “Public” out of Public Service, New Interior Secretary Bernhardt Refuses to Address Climate Change

Trump Administration Cabinet officials have hit a number of new lows in recent months, but there is a more troubling trend that gets lost in all the scandal and incompetence. In the past, industry-friendly administrations hired political leaders who would emphasize deregulation and industry priorities, and minimize work on conservation and American health and safety. You may not agree with their priorities, but as long as they operated within the law, they were entitled to impose their policy priorities on the executive branch.

The Trump administration, however, is not concerned about operating within the law, and newly minted Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is exhibit A. Read more >

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Bury the Science, Then Claim It Doesn’t Exist: Interior Department Undermines Arctic Drilling Review

Documents released this this week indicate that the Interior Department failed to consider internal memos from staff scientists raising scientific and environmental concerns about proposed oil and gas operations in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. These were not minor concerns; the memos described significant data gaps for understanding the area’s habitat. Read more >

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Remember the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster? The Trump Administration Wants You to Forget

Trump’s Interior Department has been using a secretive ploy to get around offshore drilling safety regulations that were put in place to protect American workers, marine and fishing economies, and the environment. Read more >

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Zinke Circles the Drain, but the Stains of His Reign Remain at Department of the Interior

During his time as Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke gutted the agency he was charged with leading to advance oil, gas, and mining interests on our shared public lands. Read more >

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