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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John Konkus, a political appointee reviewing grant solicitations and proposals at the EPA, is cutting references to climate change—and canceling competitively awarded grants.


The administration claimed that scientific evidence supported their decision, but they got the science all wrong.


The findings of the analysis run contrary to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s statements that a corporate tax cut will benefit workers the most.


More than two dozen US scientists were prevented from attending a key international meeting on nuclear reactors.


A news release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration failed to link greenhouse gas emissions to human activity.


The Trump Administration cut over $200 million in funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs and research.


Scott Pruitt announced that he is planning a “Red Team–Blue Team” exercise to challenge mainstream climate science.


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.


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


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