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Trump Bans Scientists From Sharing Their Findings With Taxpayers Who Fund Their Work


Trump Bans Scientists From Sharing Their Findings With Taxpayers Who Fund Their Work

Continuing his assault on verifiable facts, the Trump administration is prohibiting government scientists from sharing their findings with the Americans who pay for their work.

Trump signed several executive orders Tuesday freezing all new contracts and grants for the Environmental Protection Agency — and he also banned the agency’s employees from providing updates on social media or to journalists, several news outlets reported Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent an email Monday morning prohibiting its employees from communicating with the public about their taxpayer-funded work.

Those “public-facing documents” include news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds and social media content, said Sharon Drumm, chief of staff of the Agricultural Research Service.

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly ordered employees to stop posting messages on government Twitter accounts after the National Park Service a post comparing the size of Trump’s inauguration with President Barack Obama’s in 2009.

Drumm’s message did not specifically refer to Trump, but the department’s scientists believe the order was a message from the administration.

The memo was vaguely worded enough that department officials aren’t sure whether scientists are allowed to publish studies in academic journals or present findings at conferences.

Taxpayer-funded economists might also be forbidden from sharing their findings with the public a Washington Post reporter tweeted Tuesday afternoon.


A University of Maine researcher issued a warning on social media that additional political attacks on scientists were coming.

“Please, stand up for science and the environment. This is the emergency we were all worried about,” warned Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist, and biogeographer.

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