Attacks on Science

Published Jan 20, 2017 Updated Aug 13, 2021

Science is at the core of a healthy democracy. But for years, presidential administrations have, in differing ways, sidelined scientific evidence and attacked scientific integrity.

Below is a running list of attacks on science. They include disappearing data, silenced scientists, suppressed studies, and other assaults on science-based policy. The list provides a representative sample of threats to the federal scientific enterprise—and a warning of what we face in the future.

Attacks on science

EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler.

EPA Rule Restricted Science

In early January 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that limited what research can be used to craft public health protections.

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