Michael Halpern

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What EPA is saying here is that it wants political control over what research is used in any of the agency’s work. Don’t let them get away with this without a fight. (Photo: EPA) Views
Friday, March 20, 2020
EPA Proposes Broad Science Restrictions in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic
The Environmental Protection Agency moved today to restrict the types of research that can be used in public health protection decisions and scientific assessments. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is recklessly giving the public just 30 days to comment on this sweeping proposal...
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Scientists must be at the table to help slow the spread of coronavirus, and they should be able to share what they know without being subject to political control. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, March 12, 2020
White House Removes Public Health Experts from Coronavirus Discussions
The White House held dozens of meetings about coronavirus response that excluded government experts because the discussions were unnecessarily classified over the objections of HHS Secretary Alex Azar, reports Reuters. Experts were not just barred from speaking openly about what we knew about the...
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
The Trump Administration Word Ban Extends to Other Federal Agencies. Its Ongoing Assault on Science Is Much Worse.
A word ban extends beyond the CDC, the Washington Post reported last night , including at another, unnamed HHS agency that was told how to talk about the Affordable Care Act, presumably to discourage people from signing up for health care. The directive came from the White House Office of...
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The EPA Science Advisory Board Is Being Compromised. Here’s Why That Matters.
The capture of the EPA by the industries it is supposed to regulate is expected to take another step forward as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is poised to compromise the integrity of the EPA Science Advisory Board. Multiple sources inside and outside of EPA are reporting that Administrator Pruitt...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
One Way You Can Help Fight Against Political Interference in Science: Tell Us About It
Since Election Day and into the first weeks of the Trump presidency, we’ve heard a lot about “alternative facts” and clampdowns on the ability of scientists to present scientific evidence or speak to the press. Congress last week signaled its intent to neutralize the Environmental Protection Agency...
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Saturday, July 09, 2016
Facing Reality, Speaking Out, and Building Trust after St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas
This morning, I awoke to news that eleven police officers were shot in Dallas at a protest that had been otherwise profoundly peaceful . President Obama called it a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement.” He’s right. Last night, before shots rang out in Dallas, the president...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
800+ Scientists Urge Greater Freedoms for Canadian Government Experts
New restrictions have made it difficult for scientists around the globe to collaborate with Canadian government scientists. In response, more than 800 scientists from 32 countries have signed a letter urging Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper to “remove excessive and burdensome restrictions and...
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