Scientific Integrity

Scientists shouldn’t have to face pressure or harassment from political figures or institutions—but too often they do. Our experts expose attacks on science across the country.


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Bringing Science Back to the EPA — Whether EPA Wants it or Not.

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The current administration’s attacks on both scientists and science are unprecedented, reaching a new low a few weeks ago when the White House Chief of Staff and the Secretary of Commerce attempted to stifle NOAA employees from giving the public accurate information about the path of Hurricane Dorian. Scientists within the federal government and across the country have struggled to find ways to make sure that their vital work continues in the face of such attacks.

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Bipartisan Support for Scientific Integrity Reform is Growing

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“We are at a crisis point,” according to a new report from the highly respected Brennan Center for Justice, “with almost weekly violations of previously respected safeguards.” The crisis in question involves threats to scientific integrity in government, and the report could not be more timely. Indeed, just a few weeks ago, we learned the White House ordered scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to refrain from giving the public accurate information about the path of Hurricane Dorian because that information conflicted with President Trump’s mistaken tweet. Read more >

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The Indelible Ink of SharpieGate Spreads to NOAA Fisheries

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The health of our oceans is profoundly impacted by global warming. Yet you wouldn’t know it from current NOAA Fisheries Director Chris Oliver. At a Senate hearing last week, he “could not say whether climate change is endangering the nation’s fisheries and declined to ‘speculate’ on whether warming oceans will harm fish stocks or generate more hurricanes,” reports E&E news. Read more >

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The EPA Cut Science Out of Air Pollution Standard-Setting. We’re Putting It Back.

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

EPA leaders have now irreparably damaged the agency’s process for setting health-based air pollution standards. That’s why scientists are taking matters into their own hands. To ensure that independent science informs the particulate matter standards and beyond, the very particulate matter review panel that EPA Administrator Wheeler disbanded last year will reconvene. Read more >

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

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

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

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