That’s why I introduced H.R. 1358, the Scientific Integrity Act, earlier this year. That bill would establish a standard for scientific integrity policies across the federal government, empowering science watchdogs at each relevant agency to maintain a firewall between scientific findings and political or special interest meddling.
So how did the Trump Administration respond to the EPA investigation of its own politically-appointed Administrator?
They buried the science.
First, they removed language on the EPA website that said, ”Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change.”
Next, they expelled scientists from EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) to be replaced by “industry experts,” a euphemism for lobbyist, a move that I criticized heavily in a letter to the journal Science.
And just this week Scott Pruitt announced a new U.S. government initiative created with the sole purpose of undermining the peer-reviewed scientific consensus on climate change.
This all reminds me of the dark ages.