Scientific Integrity


Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina. Photo: NPS

If You Can’t Censor It, Bury It: DOI Tries to Make a Stark New Study on Rising Seas Invisible

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

A new National Park Service (NPS) report is unequivocal that human-caused climate change has significantly increased the rate of sea level rise that is putting coastal sites at risk. But the study is difficult to find on the web and the report’s lead author, Maria Caffrey of the University of Colorado, says she had to fight to keep many scientific statements about climate change in the final version. Read more >

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What Happened During the Hasty White House Review of EPA’s Science Restriction Rule?

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

We already know that the production of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s rule to restrict science at the EPA was purely political, but it’s possible that there’s a whole new layer of politics that went on at the White House level as well. Read more >

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Industry Representatives and Administrator Pruitt looking quite pleased at the press conference where they rolled out their rollback of the fuel efficiency standards. Left to right - Peter Welch, NADA, Administrator Pruitt, Mitch Bainwal, Alliance, John Bozzella, Global. Screenshot from C-SPAN

5 Things the EPA Gets Wrong as it Re-Evaluates the Fuel Efficiency Standards (and One Thing it Ignores)

, Sr. Manager of Government Affairs

On Monday April 2nd, the EPA released a “redetermination” of the incredibly popular and successful car and light truck global warming emissions standards – spoiler alert – EPA said that the standards are not appropriate and need to be weakened. The redetermination is full of questionable assumptions and strange conclusions. We picked five falsehoods that are core to their reasoning and explain why they’re wrong. Read more >

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Dear EPA Staff, We Fixed Your Climate Change Talking Points for You

, climate scientist

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent a memo with “talking points” regarding climate change science and adaptation. They make some plainly inaccurate claims. So I made some edits in the interest of scientific clarity, and to make the guidance more useful for the states, cities, and tribes that the EPA is supposed to serve. Read more >

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A Shout-Out to Government Scientists: Have You Completed the UCS Federal Scientists Survey?

Dana Gold and Anne Polansky, , UCS

“I can’t afford to make any wrong moves,” a PhD scientist and career federal worker recently confided to us, adding grimly, “they are watching us closely.” Normally cheerful and extroverted, she now often appears tired and frazzled. She is not alone—not by a long shot. As federal science and technology (S&T) budgets are being squeezed, and key programs and offices are being zeroed out altogether, federal government employees are becoming fearful of losing their jobs, which are becoming increasingly stressful. Read more >

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