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Sen. Hirono Leads Letter Warning of Science Data Suppression at USGS

"Last week, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) and 21 of her US Senate colleagues sent a letter to Dr. James Reilly, the director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to express their concern over recent reports that USGS will only utilize climate models that project the effects of climate change through 2040."

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Boulder Climate Scientist Sues Trump Admin Over ‘Scientific Integrity’

"Maria Caffrey alleges she lost her job with the National Park Service because she refused to eliminate mentions of human-caused climate change from a report. Now, she is suing the Trump administration, and she also testified before Congress last Thursday."

Source: Colorado Public Radio, 07/30/2019

"How Science Got Trampled in the Rush to Drill in the Arctic"

"Every year, hundreds of petroleum industry executives gather in Anchorage for the annual conference of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, where they discuss policy and celebrate their achievements with the state’s political establishment. In May 2018, they again filed into the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, but they had a new reason to celebrate."

Source: Politico, 07/29/2019

"EPA Cancer Testing Revamp Races On, Worrying Greens And Industry"

"EPA leaders are pushing forward with an overhaul of the way the agency evaluates the dangers of environmental contaminants after a brief consultation with outside scientists — a process that environmentalists claim was rushed and could be misused."

Source: Greenwire, 07/29/2019

"Schiff Demands Intelligence Agencies Provide Documents On White House’s Suppression Of Climate Testimony"

"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) demanded Tuesday that the heads of two federal intelligence agencies provide documents detailing how White House officials sought to edit — and then suppress — written testimony saying that human activities are warming the planet and that the climate changes underway pose a grave national security threat."

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Interior Whistleblowers Say Agency Has Sidelined Scientists Under Trump

"Former Interior Department employees who say they experienced retaliation at the agency for their work on scientific endeavors appeared before lawmakers Thursday, sparking political wrangling over the role of scientists in the Trump administration."

Source: The Hill, 07/26/2019

"Inquiries at EPA's Science Integrity Office Spike Under Trump"

"Inquiries to the Environmental Protection Agency office that protects science have spiked during the Trump administration amid widespread reports that political appointees have interfered with the work of career employees."

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"Scientific Integrity Policies Now Dead Letters"

"Washington, DC — The odds of scientists successfully correcting breaches in scientific integrity are slim to none, according to an analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Very few scientists report research misconduct under official agency scientific integrity policies and almost none of those complaints are investigated, and even fewer sustained."

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"Autopsy On Act Of Scientific Suppression"

"Washington, DC — A controversial decision to pull the plug on a federal study of the socio-economic impacts of coal strip mining has no identified author, according to documents obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Nor were the reasons behind the action pinpointed, as key documents are still being withheld as “deliberative.”"

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