A response to Trump's gag order on scientists

From ClimateTruth.org, in response to Trump gag orders on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

“President Trump and his administration have ignored scientific reality, and now they’re trying to hide it.

“Merely five days into Donald Trump’s presidency, the administration is silencing the agencies tasked with protecting our environment, our health, and our food supply. This gag order sets a dangerous precedent and is sending a chilling message to civil servants throughout the country.

“We knew the Trump administration would go beyond President George W. Bush’s administration in attacking science and suppressing research, but we didn’t know it would happen so fast and so egregiously. Suppressing public servant scientists from communicating with the American public is a dangerous move that sets us on a path where policy decisions are divorced from reality.

“Scientists at the agencies should know that we have their backs. They have a right to speak freely and duty to share their research publicly. Even if the Trump administration doesn’t respect science, the American public does.”

By the way, not all elements in the Trump administration are walking in lockstep. Check out this rogue national park that, for a while, was speaking its mind.

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I am a student studying Environmental Science at an American university. I have already had the pleasure of conducting my own research (generously funded by my university) and I wish to pursue a career in research.

Perhaps I should keep my head down and my mouth shut about this gag order. Perhaps I should focus on thoughts of my future and the opportunities I may lose if I speak out...but I've never been very good at being quiet.

I wish to announce my defiance of any political act that would curtail open access to scientific information/research. I declare that I stand with my future colleagues and current friends in opposing any policies meant to silence them. I reject the authority of anyone who claims to want unity, yet acts to separate the public from an irreplaceable source of knowledge that could empower their decisions.

Scientific freedom will not be surrendered.

By Jamie Farren (not verified) on 24 Jan 2017 #permalink

Suppressing public servant scientists from communicating with the American public is a dangerous move that sets us on a path where policy decisions are divorced from reality.

Voting for Donald Trump was a dangerous move by the American public that has set us on a path where policy decisions are divorced from reality.

FTFY

By Brainstorms (not verified) on 24 Jan 2017 #permalink

1984 is not a work of fiction.

It is a biography of America, circa 2017.

"Je suis Winston"

By Brainstorms (not verified) on 24 Jan 2017 #permalink

Pfft. The UK started 1984 with Tony. It's just that enough people noticed it and didn't want it that it slowed down (didn't reverse, though) fairly quickly.

First they came for the DOE employees, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not an DOE employee.

Then they came for the EPA employees, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not an EPA employee.

Then they came for the USDA employees, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a USDA employee.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

By Brainstorms (not verified) on 24 Jan 2017 #permalink

Greg - see https://twitter.com/Aerin_J/status/823951469543964672
She is a Canadian postdoc talking about the failure of Canadian scientists to jump right on the Harper administration's gagging of Canadian scientists and destruction of research data and research libraries. US researchers need to learn from the bitter lesson so many Canadian researchers learned

By Doug Alder (not verified) on 24 Jan 2017 #permalink

FOR GREAT RESULT GET ON TRUMPS EMAIL THEN SEND THIS MESSAGE DUMP TRUMP

By Cory Litster (not verified) on 26 Jan 2017 #permalink