Stop the EPA from Censoring Climate Change Talks

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goal: Do not cancel speaking engagements for EPA climate scientists.

The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearances for three scientists who were preparing to present data related to a report on climate change they had worked on. The report stated that climate change is causing dramatic effects felt worldwide, including raising air and water temperatures, as well as changes in rainfall and sea levels. While this information should not be considered controversial, the EPA decided to cancel the scientists’ presentations on the grounds that the event was “not an EPA conference.”

Ironically, the event the scientists were slated to speak at was for the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Program, which is funded by the EPA. The information the scientists intended to present was also highly relevant to the ongoing efforts to clean and restore the bay, as rising sea levels could dramatically impact the local ecosystem and the communities that rely upon it. The timing of the cancellations is also suspect, given the fact that the report was scheduled to be published on the same day.

This appears to be the latest in the ongoing string of attacks on science by the Trump administration, especially in regards to climate change. With the threat of global warming growing larger each day, it is important that we allow scientists to present their findings. Add your name to the petition below and demand that the EPA stop this form of scientific censorship.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

Your decision to cancel the speaking engagements for three EPA scientists is unacceptable. Contrary to your spokesperson’s statement, the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Program’s conference is related to the EPA and its activities, as the program is currently funded by your administration. There was no reason to silence these scientists and prevent them from presenting important data that is relevant to the protection of this sensitive ecosystem.

You have a responsibility to allow the scientists employed at your agency to conduct and present their research so that we can find the necessary solutions to climate change. The environment is far more important than politics. I urge you to allow these scientists to present this report and any other relevant data at all future EPA-related events.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: United States Environmental Protection Agency

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2 Comments

  1. Let these scientists speak- and listen to them because your grasp of this desperately important issue is sadly lacking.

  2. How paradox: the name EPA and its actions!
    Comical and very sad!
    All government officers should be voted in and if inefficient, be voted out! Guess who is paying their wages and pension?

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