Climate and EPA science are under attack. But, scientists, science advocates, and frontline communities will not sit idly by...
From the muzzling of scientists and government agencies, to the immigration ban, the deletion of scientific data, and the de-funding of public science, the erosion of institutions of science represents a dangerous direction for our country.
Ignoring sound science, President Trump started the process of dismantling President Obama's environmental legacy this week. On Tuesday, he signed an executive order to "eliminate" the Clean Water Rule, then released a budget with devastating cuts to the EPA. Last night, we learned that the Trump administration also intends to drastically cut the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a leading climate science agency — including steep cuts to research and satellite funding.
As soon as next week, President Trump will sign an order to roll back climate regulations. It's clear that the Trump administration and its allies in Congress are serving the interests of polluters and the fossil fuel industry at the expense of the public and the common good.
Real people bear the brunt of these callous actions. That's why communities and scientists are joining together to fight back like never before! Yvette Arellano from TEJAS in Houston, Texas spoke at the rally in Boston and described the role of science in protecting frontline communities: “Know that science is the last line of defense between the interests and corporate greed of the industry that is oil, that is gas, that is chemical… For so long science has been silent, and today science is not silent.”
The Boston rally builds on the momentum of other scientist-led efforts since the election, including a rally with hundreds of Earth scientists outside the American Geophysical Union meeting in December, and soon the March for Science taking place in DC and cities around the world on April 22.
Keep standing with us, keep standing up for science. Today, and everyday.
Amanda, Emily, Brant, and the rest of the ClimateTruth.org team
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