The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reportedly banned three of their scientists from giving scheduled talks on climate change at a conference in Rhode Island. The news came just one day before the conference was to be held with no explanation from the agency’s spokesman.
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Many are now concerned that EPA director Scott Pruitt, well-known for being a climate change denier, would continue to silence concerns of his own agency’s scientists. Critics are calling this action a “blatant example of scientific censorship”.
While this cancellation was abrupt, many are not surprised. Just a few days ago, it was reported that the EPA has now removed most mentions of “climate change” from their website. Many pages on the website about global warming now have had their information cut in half or have been deleted completely. Some of the deleted pages had been links to help local government officials deal with climate change in their areas.
When it was announced last year that Pruitt would lead the EPA, it raised alarming suspicions about the priorities of the Trump administration. Pruitt’s had ties for years with the fossil fuel industry and big agriculture. He’s already rejected agency scientists’ pleas to ban harmful pesticides after denying that their findings were valid and has promised industry executives to look out for their interests.
Although none of the scientists have made an official statement, Emily Shumchenia, a scientist who was scheduled to speak at the conference, retweeted statements about the EPA “muzzling” scientists addressing climate change.