Attacks on Science

The Trump administration and 115th Congress have been actively dismantling science-based health and safety protections, sidelining scientific evidence, and undoing 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 continue do so on the UCS blog.

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The HHS has discontinued all research at the NIH that involves the use of human fetal tissue.

A research study, looking at sex trafficking in Native communities, was terminated when the Trump administration transitioned in.

DOI officials allowed the resumption of coal mines jeopardizing the survival of two threatened/endangered crayfish species.

USGS can only use climate models that project the impact of climate change through 2040, rather than through the end of the century.

The Trump administration sidelined science in a decision to rollback protections for the safety of offshore oil rig workers.

EPA has decided not to fund 13 research centers that study chemical exposure in childhood and adverse health outcomes.

Federal agencies are abdicating their responsibility to use the best available science to protect some of the most jeopardized species on the planet.

The White House issued a memo on the use of scientific information by federal agencies that restricts the use of scientific information to inform policies.

EPA issued a rule that only restricted the import of asbestos, providing a regulated pathway for industry to use asbestos-containing products in the US.

Leaders from the FWS issued a directive instructing officials to delist, downlist, or otherwise preclude 30 species each year from the endangered species list.