Saturday, August 26, 2017

Energy Dept. Asks Scientists to Remove 'Climate Change' from Grant Proposal

“A long-standing pillar of the U.S. research model is the belief that science should not be constrained or influenced by partisan politics," Northeastern University wrote. (Credit: Mike Mueller/Energy Department) Click to Enlarge.
Last month, two scientists got news that any researcher would want to hear:  their project, a study on how carbon is stored in salt marshes, had been approved for funding by the Department of Energy.  On Thursday a day after the grant was publicly announced, the lead scientist said she received a letter asking her to remove climate-related language from a description of the work to toe the line of the Trump administration.

The researcher, Jennifer Bowen of Northeastern University, shared a screenshot of the email in a Facebook post that sparked outrage among scientists online.  In the email someone whose name is not shown asks for the alterations.

"I have been asked to contact you to update the wording in your proposal abstract to remove words such as 'global warming' or 'climate change,'" the email says.  "This is being asked as we have to meet the President's budget language restrictions."

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