Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Don’t allow corporations to deny climate change and silence scientific experts
Congress is trying to effectively block scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their own research. According to a recently bill’s proponents, experts informing the agency that governs our environmental responsibility on the scientific field of their expertise represent a conflict of interest. The second reform would create a catch-22, keeping the EPA from effectively passing regulations to improve public health.
Ostensibly, the purpose of the Science Advisory Reform Act is to ensure that the information presented to the EPA is unbiased and accurate. It seems strange, then, that Congress has decided the best way to reach this goal is by allowing expert advisors with corporate interest to inform the agency, while making it more difficult for individual expert scientists who have no corporate affiliations to present their findings.
The “secret science” reform act bars the EPA from releasing much of the raw data collected in its studies, while simultaneously barring the agency from creating new regulations without publicly releasing the study’s data first. Much of the raw data refers to individual patients whose information must legally remain private, but the secret science bill insists that without reviewing the raw data, the conclusions of scientific studies cannot be trusted.
The bill, first and foremost, makes it almost impossible for the EPA to do its job and create regulations to protect our environment from its biggest polluters, and secondly, implies that expert scientists are lying to support political agendas, while insisting that corporate experts are unbiased. These supposed reform acts allow for corporations to push policy that is not sustainable and to block the one agency capable of stopping them from doing so.
Sign this petition and tell our policy makers that reforms promoting corporate interests and blocking science from experts is not in the best interest of the public or the planet.
Dear Mr. President,
New “reforms” in Congress block scientific experts from advising the EPA on best-policy measures and block regulations geared toward improving public health and safety. To imply that the scientists whose research informs the EPA cannot be trusted to do their job without a political agenda while allowing experts whose research is backed by corporations and their interests to advise and inform environmental policy is immoral and ludicrous.
Congress understands the catch-22 inherent in a regulation that blocks scientists from using studies that have undergone rigorous peer review without releasing raw data they cannot legally release. Furthermore, to then allow scientists with corporate ties to present their findings without treating them with the same distrust as individual, unattached scientists is clearly not in the best interests of the nation or its citizens.
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