Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Trump's War on Science
Despite protests from the scientific and political community, the Trump Administration is once again moving to limit the amount of scientific data and research the government uses when crafting public health policies and legislation.
The EPA has recently proposed updates to an existing rule titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” which would force scientists to release all data used in a research project, including confidential medical records of study participants. This move by the presidential administration is widely viewed by the scientific community as a way to curtail research conducted by the EPA under the guise that the executive branch “just wants to be more transparent.” Since President Trump took office, he has made it abundantly clear that he has no love for the EPA and its regulations, and many speculate that this is a way to cripple the EPA without directly cutting funding.
The proposed rule change would prohibit EPA researchers from providing anonymity to study participants, likely dissuading many citizens from participating. This would all but guarantee that less research will be conducted and therefore less scientific data will be available to federal legislators and rule-makers.
Before the rule can go into effect, it may very likely go through a rigorous examination by the judicial branch. For the sake of the American people and the EPA, we hope that its day in court does not go well.
What Can You Do?
While this seems like a terrible move and a huge step backward for science in America, this rule has not yet gone into effect. We still have time to fight and speak up about our opinions. If you want to see this rule dead in the dirt, write a letter or email to both the EPA and Presidential Administration, detailing why you think this rule should not be approved. Do not sit idly by and wait for someone else to take on Trump, speak up!
Have you written your state and local representative lately? Have you made your voice heard? Don't wait, speak up today and take back the government for the people!