EVENT ADVISORY: Silencing Science: Risks Posed to Climate and Energy Data from Political Interference

Washington, D.C. — Understanding climate change and what we can do to curb it requires a large amount of high-quality scientific 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 on Thursday, June 14, for a discussion of these pressing issues and how crucial these programs are to monitoring and combating the effects of climate change.

Press are welcome to RSVP by following this link.

WHO

Remarks:
Rep. Paul D. Tonko (D-NY)

In conversation:
The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy
John Podesta, founder, Center for American Progress

Panelists:
Joel Clement, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Deborah Lawrence, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
Kei Koizumi, Visiting Scholar in Science Policy, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Moderator:
Bina Venkataraman, Director of Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University; lecturer, MIT; Future Tense Fellow, New America

WHEN

Thursday, June 14, 2018
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

WHERE

Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org, or 202-478-6327.