One thousand days into the Trump administration, the federal government has attacked science 249 times—or roughly once every four days. The administration’s assault on science includes attempting to cast doubt on climate change, limiting and eliminating access to scientific information, and preventing federal scientists from publicly communicating their research.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund signed a letter on October 4—along with 76 other organizations—asking President Trump to rescind his executive order cutting Federal Advisory Committees and restore science advice.
President Trump’s September 2019 tweets about Hurricane Dorian have resulted in another type of storm that highlights the need for stronger protections for scientific integrity—especially at federal agencies.
We’ve been providing pro bono legal support to Maria Caffrey, a climate scientist who recently worked at the National Park Service. Caffrey refused to acquiesce to repeated attempts to delete references to human-caused climate change from a report she authored on sea level rise impacts to coastal parks. She was forced out of her job in February 2019.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund filed comments on November 26 in support of a rule proposed by the EPA, which would require contractors who perform scientific work or provide scientific advice to the EPA to abide by the agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy. While we believe the proposed rule needs some adjustments and additions, overall we support it as a positive development for scientific integrity at the agency