Science matters. Discovery, understanding, application, improvement of our lives and our society; none of it happens without science, and science doesn’t happen without both money and the ability of scientists to follow their evidence wherever it leads them.
Below is the text of an appeal for scientific freedom. You can click on this link to see the full page, and opportunities to sign a message to NOAA Administrator Lubchenco: https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2972&s_src=socnet&s_subsrc=twitter
Union of Concerned Scientists
Help Protect Scientists From Political Interference
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking public comment on a draft of its scientific integrity policy, which aims to protect science and scientists from political interference. While the policy represents significant progress, it can be further strengthened to ensure that policy decisions are fully informed by the best available scientific information.
File a public comment asking NOAA to strengthen its draft scientific integrity policy.
In the past, NOAA scientists were censored and told to change their research on issues from global warming to endangered species. While the draft policy would address some of these problems, it needs to be further strengthened to better protect those who report the abuse of science, give the public more information about who is meeting with NOAA officials, and allow us to hold agency officials accountable if they transgress.
It is critical that NOAA scientists can continue to provide national weather forecasting, manage coastal and deep ocean resources, and research global climate patterns without interference.
Help NOAA improve its scientific integrity policy by submitting a comment today–the deadline is August 20.
Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!
You can find the full text of NOAA’s draft policy here and view NOAA’s scientific integrity webpage here. We have outlined some areas for improvement in NOAA’s draft scientific integrity policy that may be helpful to reference when drafting your own comments. Read our draft comments (pdf).
You can click on this link to go to the participation page.