OAKLAND, Calif. –In response to the Trump administration’s gag order on scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), ClimateTruth.org Campaign Director Emily Southard said the following:
“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.”
ClimateTruth.org is an organization of over 200,000 members dedicated to fighting the denial, distortion, and disinformation that block bold action on climate change. In December, ClimateTruth.org helped organize a rally attended by more than 500 scientists who took to the streets to stand up for science and scientific integrity.