Attacks on Science

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 recent progress on scientific integrity.

We've seen this movie before. And we know how to fight back. We're standing up for science. We're inviting scientists to securely share information on scientific integrity abuses. And we're encouraging our supporters to watchdog this administration and Congress, as we did during the George W. Bush administration and the Barack Obama administration.

Below is a running list of attacks on science—disappearing data, silenced scientists, and other assaults on scientific integrity and science-based policy. The list provides a representative sample of threats to the federal scientific enterprise.

Beyond this list, many other moves by the president and Congress degrade the environment for science and scientists in this country. For example, the President’s Muslim ban hurts science and scientists, including those working for the federal government and the President’s rescinding transgender protections is damaging to the ability of all young budding scientists to reach their full potential. These actions are also important to document, and we will do so on the UCS blog.

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Trump Administration officials are systematically editing Department of Energy websites to strip references to climate change, downplay impacts of fossil fuels and scale back benefits of clean energy. 

The Department of Interior demanded that language about climate change be removed from a press release announcing a new publication by scientists working for the United States Geological Survey.

Congress included an anti-science provision in its omnibus FY17 spending bill that could create harmful impacts on forests and climate policy.

The Trump administration is actively working to strip away the independence of science advisory committees at several government agencies. 

In March 2017, EPA Administrator Pruitt falsely claimed that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.


On March 29, 2017, EPA head Scott Pruitt disregarded robust scientific evidence and announced that he would not ban a pesticide that poses a clear risk to children, farm workers, and rural drinking water users.

The President’s proposed 2018 budget would terminate four essential NASA Earth science missions: PACE, CLARREO Pathfinder, OCO-3, and DSCOVR Earth. Read more >

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is one of our nation’s premiere science agencies and deeply interwoven into the nation’s economy—and yet the Trump administration has proposed deep and damaging cuts to the agency's budget. Read more >

Previously public government data from several agencies has been removed from public view in the early weeks of the Trump administration. Read more >

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 >