Why Trump’s Actions Are Making Scientists Nervous
Have you ever felt like you’re talking and not being heard? Even though what you have to say is really important? That’s how our country’s scientists felt when the federal government issued gag orders earlier this month on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture. Government agencies often receive careful instructions about communicating with the media and the public during the change from one administration to the next. But many scientists believe these gag orders went beyond the usual new administration protocol, and mainly targeted agencies and government websites that deal with the environment. Scientists generally prefer to be in the lab than the limelight, but some are now planning a march on Washington, D.C. to protect and promote the role of science in democracy.