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Why We Need to Protect Government Scientists From Political Retaliation


After “Sharpiegate” – when President Donald Trump wrongly said Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to publicly disavow forecasters’ position that Alabama was never at risk. Ross reportedly threatened to fire senior NOAA officials if they did not rescind prior agency statements about the storm that contradicted the president’s. The episode is just the latest in an ongoing trend of political retaliation and threats against career researchers, according to a new report.