Dear Friend of CFI,
Not only has the Trump administration been deliberately attacking the integrity of science in government, it’s been trying to undermine the value of objective fact itself, endangering our democracy – and the planet – in the process. That’s the conclusion from a report issued yesterday by New York University, and why we’re asking you to help build support in Congress for the Scientific Integrity Act.
The NYU report, authored by a democracy task force at the Brennan Center for Justice, acknowledges that while the suppression of politically inconvenient scientific findings is not unique to Trump, this president is unique in his hostility toward science and truth, having escalated the situation to “a crisis point, with almost weekly violations of previously respected safeguards.”
Almost all of the recent violations of scientific integrity in the report’s five-page list occurred under Trump. The violations include blocking information about climate change; banning scientists from speaking to the media; requiring peer-reviewed science publications to be deceptively labeled “preliminary,” suggesting that their findings are incomplete; reassigning a top climate scientist to an accounting role; and even relocating economists across the country in retaliation for publishing findings that show how Trump’s trade policies have caused financial harm to farmers. We need to put a stop to these tactics now.
Representative Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Scientific Integrity Act (H.R. 1709/S. 775) to protect scientists and their work from political corruption. This bill makes it a crime to suppress, censor, or alter scientific findings that are used to inform public policy, and it protects scientists who blow the whistle on political censorship.
Science-based policy improves our country and our world. It safeguards our environment, keeps people healthy, and saves lives. It’s critical that the way science is conducted, reviewed, communicated to the public and incorporated into policymaking be transparent and free from improper influence. Dishonest political actors must face consequences for hiding the facts. Inquiry must be free. Facts and evidence matter.
Science needs protection now more than ever. We urge you, please call (202) 224-3121 today to tell your representatives to join the Scientific Integrity Act as a cosponsor. If you are unable to call, please use our pre-written form to write to your representatives.
Thank you for supporting facts and evidence!
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry
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