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Silencing Science

Risks Posed to Climate and Energy Data from Political Interference





From the outset, understanding climate change and its potential remedies and responses has required a large amount of high-quality data and analysis—from satellites and remote sensing to supercomputers and Earth system modeling. Through two budget proposals, President Donald Trump has signaled a stark departure from the historical trend of federal funding for research activities that inform the public, academia, business leaders, policymakers, and the global community about climate change and energy systems. Congress acted in a bipartisan fashion to rescue—and even increase—funding for many such programs in the recent appropriations bill, but going forward, the devil will be in the details of how the Trump administration diminishes, reprograms, or otherwise interferes in these vital climate and energy data and research initiatives.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of these pressing issues and how crucial these programs are to monitoring and combating the effects of climate change.