It goes beyond climate science
North American nation elected a leader known for hostility to science and affection for the domestic oil industry.
After the new administration took power, government scientists stopped speaking freely to the press.
Questions had to be sent by email and routed through central approval.
Scientists were told not to talk about hot-button issues including climate, oil, forestry, and other environmental concerns.
They had to get approval to attend scientific conferences. Before submitting to peer-reviewed journals,
they were asked to submit keywords and predict policy implications of their work to higher-ups.
Some were even asked to omit certain information from publications. The scientific community called it “muzzling.”
That’s what happened in Canada after Prime Minister Stephen Harper was elected in 2006.
And now it’s happening here under President Donald Trump, starting with the US Department of Agriculture.
According to an internal email sent Monday and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the Agricultural Research Service,
which is responsible for about half of the agency’s $2.5 billion research and development budget, is shutting itself off from the public.
No communication is to go out about taxpayer-funded research “starting immediately and until further notice.”
Media requests will go through the central office in Washington, DC.
More questions about a Trump admin war on science
By Miranda Green, CNN
Updated 10:15 AM ET, Thu August 24, 2017
Washington (CNN)New deregulations and study cancellations are adding to a long list of environmentalist concerns that the Trump administration
is putting science on the back burner.
Friday, the Interior Department asked the National Academies of Sciences to halt a study of the health effects of a common mining technique in Appalachia,
which is believed to deposit waste containing toxic minerals in ground waters.
Also last week, the administration dissolved its 15-person federal advisory committee on climate change.
And newly released documents shed light on meetings between Environmental Protection Agency leaders and agriculture industry lobbyists right
before making a decision not to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. ...
... Ending studies
Interior’s request to halt its study on the health risk of mountaintop removal represents a familiar pattern to critics. ...
... Before his return to Washington over the weekend, Trump signed an executive order last week that rescinds an Obama-era order that
requires government agencies to account for future sea level rise when building federal infrastructure. The White House touted the move as part of
Trump’s proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging US infrastructure. ...