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

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. 

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 >

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


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 >

The Trump EPA withdrew a request (initiated by the Obama EPA) for data on methane emissions from the US oil and gas industry.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stopped including questions about LGBT people in two surveys.

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

An obscure, radical, and rarely used congressional trick called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) has put crucial victories on public health and the environment at risk. Read more >