EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff
The communications director for President Donald Trump’s transition
team at EPA, Doug Ericksen, said Wednesday the review extends to all
existing content on the federal agency’s website, including details of
scientific evidence showing that the Earth’s climate is warming and
man-made carbon emissions are to blame.
“Anybody know who Phil Ochs is?” Lady Gaga called out to her audience at a free concert last summer during the Democratic National Convention. Her setlist
that day was eclectic: from the Beatles to Edith Piaf to her own gay
rights anthem, “Born This Way.” But her decision to perform Ochs’s “The War Is Over,” a 1967 folk song about Vietnam, was particularly surprising.
(via Why Phil Ochs is the obscure ’60s folk singer America needs in 2017 – The Washington Post)
What we actually lose when the USDA and EPA can’t talk to the public
The memo outlining these new rules was not made public, but the ban
reportedly included everything from summaries of scientific papers to
USDA-branded tweets. Scientists could still publish their findings in
peer-reviewed journals, according to those who saw the memo, but they
were apparently forbidden from talking about that research without prior
consent from their agency.