More than 2,300 scientists from all 50 states have signed and released an open letter to Congress and President-elect Trump urging integrity, transparency and independence during his administration.
“Americans recognize that science is critical to improving our quality of life, and when science is ignored or politically corrupted, it’s the American people who suffer,” said physicist Lewis Branscomb, professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, who served as vice president and chief scientist at IBM and as director of the National Bureau of Standards under President Nixon. “Respect for science in policymaking should be a prerequisite for any cabinet position.”
The letter offers four specific suggestions the Trump administration can take to strengthen the role science plays in policymaking.
The first is to appoint officials with dedicated track records of respecting science to lead U.S. federal agencies. The scientists also decided to include a point about diversity in this section.
“Further, recognizing that diversity makes science stronger, administration officials should welcome and encourage all scientists regardless of religious background, race, gender, or sexual orientation,” the letter reads.
The second point urges the Trump administration to respect the scientific foundations of public health and environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. Under the Trump administration, according to the Union for Concerned Scientists, Congress is expected to reintroduce several harmful legislative proposals—such as the REINS Act and the Secret Science Reform Act—that would increase political control over the ability of federal agency experts to use science to protect public health and the environment.
Third, the letter expresses a need for the Trump administration to “adhere to high standards of scientific integrity and independence.” The scientists say the public needs to know about the best-available scientific evidence, not information that have been censored or manipulated to match a certain set of ideologies.
Finally, scientists call on Congress and the Trump administration to provide adequate resources—or funding—so they can conduct research in the public interest.
“The consequences are real: without this investment, children will be more vulnerable to lead poisoning, more people will be exposed to unsafe drugs and medical devices, and we will be less prepared to limit the impacts of increasing extreme weather and rising seas,” the letter reads.
Before concluding, though, the scientists acknowledge that they will closely monitor the actions of the Trump administration and Congress.
“We will continue to champion efforts that strengthen the role of science in policy making and stand ready to hold accountable any who might seek to undermine it,” reads the last line of the letter.
Read the letter in its entirety here.
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