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The EPA administration is fighting back against the climate change ideologues. The agency has cancelled the speaking appearances of three scientists who were scheduled to speak at a non-EPA conference on subjects related to climate change.
These scientists contributed to a 400-plus-page report to be issued today on the status of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and its challenges, and there are fears that scientists are being silenced from speaking on this controversial subject. It’s widely known that the head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, questions whether human activity is a major contributor to climate change.
John King, a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, chairs the science advisory committee of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (which is sponsoring the conference), and stated the following:
It’s definitely a blatant example of the scientific censorship we all suspected was going to start being enforced at E.P.A. They don’t believe in climate change, so I think what they’re trying to do is stifle discussions of the impacts of climate change.
No further explanation for this decision by the EPA has been offered.
This story raises a few questions for me:
- Who decides whether a federal government employee may attend any particular conference (assuming funds are available)?
- Does a federal agency have the right to decide whether an employee can present a paper at a conference or appear on a panel?
- Can a federal employee be fired if he or she decides to appear anyway?
- Do you see this action as censorship, and does it matter?