Trump’s War on Facts, Information, Trust, Truth, Science, Media and Us


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Attacks on Science

The Trump Administration and 115th Congress have sent clear signals that they intend to dismantle science-based health and safety protections, sideline scientific evidence, and undo a decade’s worth of progress on scientific integrity.

Government Data Disappears Across Multiple Agencies

Scientific content has been changed on several agency websites in the early weeks of the Trump administration—and the alterations share some common themes. Read more >

EPA Grants and Scientific Studies Reviewed by Political Appointees

Transition Team Restricts EPA Staff Attendance at Alaska Conference

The Congressional Review Act: A Radical Threat To Science

“Two-for-One” Rule Is Absurd, Illegal, and Anti-Science

Communication from Multiple Agencies Restricted after Trump Takes Office

CDC Cancels Climate Change Conference

Trump Transition Team Temporarily Halts Grants and Contracts at EPA



Endangered Species Act: get ready for big changes, says GOP

Republican lawmakers are preparing to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, arguing that the law is an unnecessary hindrance to economic development.

JANUARY 18, 2017 The Endangered Species Act may soon be, well, endangered.

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“There’s a lot of evidence that some species are conservation-reliant,” J.B. Ruhl, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, told the AP. Political fights over some species have taken decades to resolve, he added, because recovering them from “the brink of extinction is a lot harder than we thought.”

14 animals declared extinct in the 21st century



Trump’s NASA budget cuts earth, climate science programs


March 16, 2017

White House Urged to Suspend, Investigate Sebastian Gorka

“If the allegations prove accurate, Gorka needs to be removed from his position. A man who has sworn an oath to a group glorifying Nazi-era antisemitism has no business serving alongside those who have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The Forward reported today that leaders of the “Historical Vitézi Rend” claim Gorka is an official member of the organization, which is a reconstitution of the World War II era Vitézi Rend group. The State Department lists Vitézi Rend as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany during World War II,” and classifies members of this group as inadmissible to the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The original Vitézi Rend organization, of which the Historical Vitézi Rend organization claims to be an heir, was established as a nationalist group by Hitler collaborator Admiral Miklos Horthy. The Historical Vitézi Rend group ascribes to nationalist, racist, and antisemitic ideologies similar to those of the original organization.

Human Rights First continues to urge President Trump to make clear that he condemns all forms of antisemitism and intolerance, including by supporting a thorough investigation into allegations regarding Sebastian Gorka.


Thank a Government Scientist

Federal scientists are working hard every day to make the food we eat, the medications we take, the air we breathe, and so much more safe for all Americans. Unfortunately, these same scientists are hearing harsh rhetoric attacking the safeguards they provide, some are being muzzled by orders prohibiting them to speak out about their research, and all are uncertain about what the Trump administration and Congress might due to cut science-based programs and their staff.

Help pushback against the anti-science rhetoric from the Trump administration with some appreciation: Take a moment to thank a government scientist today. Let them know how much you appreciate the crucial role they play in our daily lives and that you will advocate for science-based policies every day!

Send a tweet or Facebook message using the hashtag #ThankAGovScientist to the agencies of your choice—or a federal scientist you know personally—using one of the following handles:
Post on the Environment Protection Agency Facebook page

Tweet @EPA: Thank you @EPA for protecting my right to clean air and clean water. #ThankAGovScientist

Post on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Facebook page

Tweet @NOAA: Thanks @NOAA for helping to protect my home from floods and other disasters! #ThankAGovScientist

Post on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Facebook page

Tweet @NASA: Thanks @NASA for pushing science forward and developing products that my family uses every day! #ThankAGovScientist

Post on the Department of Energy Facebook page

Tweet @ENERGY: Thank you @ENERGY for reducing nuclear risks and demonstrating the momentum of clean energy. #ThankAGovScientist

Post on the US Department of Agriculture Facebook page

Tweet @USDA: Thank you @USDA for standing for science-based standards for nutrition and agriculture. #ThankAGovScientist

Post on the Food and Drug Administration Facebook page

Tweet @US_FDA: Thanks to @FDA for making sure my medicine works and my food is safe #ThankAGovScientist

Post on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Facebook page

Tweet @USCPSC: What a relief to know my home products won’t hurt my family thanks to @USCPSC #ThankAGovScientist

Post on the US National Weather Service Facebook page

Tweet @NWS: Thanks @NWS: keeping us safe and aware of severe weather threats like hurricanes and tornadoes! #ThankAGovScientist

Not on Twitter or Facebook?

If you don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account, write a thank you card to one of the agencies listed above with a message of appreciation and encouragement and mail it to the following address—we will deliver it for you:

Attn: Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists
1825 K St NW, Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20006-1232

(I hope they will forgive me for putting the whole thing here because I believe it is so important right now.)


Do you have a superpower? Because we do! Check out the new collection and tell us yours! !

 Please follow – March for Science on twitter and show up for one of the many April 22, 2017 Marches for Science happening throughout the world to support science, scientists and non-politicized scientific facts, data, accuracy and research being undermined today by Trump administration and GOP controlled House and Senate in America, in right wing media outlets, and in many state legislatures.

When I March for Science, I’ll March for Equity, Inclusion, and Access

We are on the verge of something big. Scientists as a group are politically engaged like never before. They are communicating with decisionmakers, ready to march, and ready to run for office. The March for Science—an event that formed organically by a few enthusiastic people on Reddit and snowballed from there—is slated to be the largest demonstration for science that this country has ever seen. I’ve personally been blown away by the unprecedented support for scientists in the streets.

Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump

December 13, 2016
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In recent weeks, President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a growing list of Cabinet members who have questioned the overwhelming scientific consensus around global warming. His transition team at the Department of Energy has asked agency officials for names of employees and contractors who have participated in international climate talks and worked on the scientific basis for Obama administration-era regulations of carbon emissions. One Trump adviser suggested that NASA no longer should conduct climate research and instead should focus on space exploration.

Those moves have stoked fears among the scientific community that Trump, who has called the notion of man-made climate change “a hoax” and vowed to reverse environmental policies put in place by President Obama, could try to alter or dismantle parts of the federal government’s repository of data on everything from rising sea levels to the number of wildfires in the country.

Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists, argued that Trump has appointed a “band of climate conspiracy theorists” to run transition efforts at various agencies, along with nominees to lead them who share similar views.

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“What are the most important .gov climate assets?” Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and self-proclaimed “climate hawk,” tweeted from his Arizona home Saturday evening. “Scientists: Do you have a US .gov climate database that you don’t want to see disappear?”

Within hours, responses flooded in from around the country. Scientists added links to dozens of government databases to a Google spreadsheet. Investors offered to help fund efforts to copy and safeguard key climate data. Lawyers offered pro bono legal help. Database experts offered server space and help organizing mountains of data. In California, Santos began building an online repository to “make sure these data sets remain freely and broadly accessible.”

Climate data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been politically vulnerable. When Tom Karl, director of the National Centers for Environmental Information, and his colleagues published a study in 2015 seeking to challenge the idea that there had been a global warming “slowdown” or “pause” during the 2000s, they relied, in significant part, on updates to NOAA’s ocean temperature data set, saying the data “do not support the notion of a global warming ‘hiatus.’”

In response, the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee chair, Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Tex.), tried to subpoena the scientists and their records.

That effort launched by Holthaus is one of several underway to preserve key federal scientific data.

In Philadelphia, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, along with members of groups such as Open Data Philly and the software company Azavea, have been meeting to figure out ways to harvest and store important data sets.

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Please go read this article from its original source and share it as much as possible – the more people that help protect the data, research and information now and going forward, the better as Trump and the GOP begin dismantling as much as possible from the inside of every US government agency.



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