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Climate Scientists Confront a Culture of Fear and Self-Censorship in Government Agencies

, Climate scientist

I strongly believe that unbiased government science is an essential part of the public good, and needs our civil servants to be fierce guardians of it. After being quoted in an article from the New York Times about the war on climate science and what those within our federal agencies are doing (or not doing) to protect the science from censorship, I wanted to share some further thoughts on it all. Read more >

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Gas flaring from an oil drilling site in San Juan County, New Mexico. Photo: John Fowler/Flickr

As Oil Prices Crash, BLM Wants to Open Up Public Lands in New Mexico for More Extraction

, Climate scientist

BLM leadership has chosen to use the current public health crisis to muffle the voices of people living near the public lands the agency is supposed to protect. The agency recently announced a plan to proceed with oil and gas extraction efforts in northern New Mexico, including in an area near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park Read more >

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Photo: D. Diaz/National Park Service

Do Any National Park Service Staff Have COVID-19? Interior Department Isn’t Saying.

, Climate scientist

Public safety depends on transparency. Why isn’t the Interior Department publicly sharing data about COVID-19 infections among its staff? Read more >

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The Upper Klamath River in Oregon. Several affected reports concern future water resources in the western US, particularly in California and Oregon. Photo: BLM/Flickr

Science, Denied, Again. Interior Department Adds Inaccurate Climate Change Info to Reports

, Climate scientist

A senior employee at the Department of the Interior (DOI) is pressuring scientists to include inaccurate information about climate change in agency reports. So far at least nine different reports have been affected in what may be violations of the department’s scientific integrity policy. Read more >

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The Trump administration rolled back worker safety measures in May 2019, putting more lives and our environment at risk of another catastrophe like the Deepwater Horizon disaster, pictured here.  Photo: Wikimedia

Trump Administration Ignores Worker Safety in Pursuit of Offshore Oil Profits

, Research scientist

A coordinated strategy between political appointees at the Interior Department has rolled back safety standards for offshore oil rig workers and increased the risk of another catastrophe like Deepwater Horizon.  Read more >

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