Agency: AL

Silencing Science Tracker

Agency: AL

2019-05-15 Bill Misrepresenting the Science of Fetal Development Introduced in Alabama AL, State Bias and Misrepresentation Other

A bill was passed by the Alabama legislature that includes an inaccurate description of fetal development. The bill states that “a baby’s heart starts to beat at around six weeks,” but a six-week-old embryo does not yet have developed organs, such as a heart.

2019-02-21 Climate Change Panel Disbanded by Alaska Governor AL, State Personnel Changes Climate

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy disbanded the Climate Change for Alaska Leadership Team. The team was established in 2017 by then Governor Bill Walker to advise on strategies for addressing climate change.

2018-01-18 Bill Undermining Teaching of Evolution Introduced in Alabama AL, State Interference with Education Other

A bill was introduced in the Alabama legislature that would, if enacted, allow teachers to present the theory of creation as an alternative to evolution.

2017-05-02 Proven Scientific Theories Questioned by Alabama Legislature AL, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

The Alabama legislature passed a resolution labeling climate change, evolution, and human cloning as “controversial” theories and encouraging teachers to question their accuracy.

2017-04-19 Climate Science Misrepresented by Alabama Attorney General AL, State Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed an amicus brief in Exxon Mobil v. Schneiderman. The brief questions the scientific consensus on climate change and the conclusion that it will be “sufficiently dangerous to require urgent policy responses.”