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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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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On Mental Health and Guns, Experts Ordered Not to Contradict President Trump’s Lies

As people searched for answers around the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prevented its scientists from posting relevant research about guns, violence, and mental health on social media. According to the Washington Post, which broke the story, the orders came in the wake of the president’s incorrect suggestion that mental illness leads to mass shootings. Read more >

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