Michael Halpern

Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

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Michael Halpern is an expert on political interference in science and solutions to reduce suppression, manipulation, and distortion of government science. See Michael's full bio.

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House Committee to Vote on Scientific Integrity Act

The House Science Committee just announced that it will amend and vote on the Scientific Integrity Act on Thursday at 10 am. This is the first time this kind of bill, which would protect the independence of science and scientists in federal government agencies, will receive a vote in the United States Congress. It is fantastic to see solid momentum and growing support in Congress for this good government legislation. Read more >

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The Proposal to Restrict Science at EPA Is Dying a Slow Death

The agency is struggling mightily with a fatally flawed proposal that is legally and scientifically indefensible. Read more >

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Former NOAA Officials File Scientific Integrity Complaint over Trump Attacks on Weather Forecasters

Three former high-ranking NOAA officials filed an official complaint yesterday asking for a comprehensive investigation into multiple violations of the NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy. “Recent actions to censor NWS scientists put public safety at risk, are inconsistent with NOAA’s scientific integrity principles, violate the public trust, and compromise the independence and reliability of the National Weather Service.” Read more >

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NOAA Officials Threatened with Firing After Dorian Trump Tweet Fiasco

Senior NOAA political staff objected to orders to “fix” weather forecasts to conform with the president’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama, the New York Times reports. Then Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire them.

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Scientists Ordered to Keep Quiet During Hurricane Dorian to Help President Save Face

NOAA leadership prioritized the president’s precious feelings and fragile ego over the health and welfare of the people who were in Dorian’s path. Read more >

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