|2019-03-05||Science of Immunization Misrepresented in Congressional Hearing||Congress, Federal||Bias and Misrepresentation||Other||
During a Congressional hearing, Senator Rand Paul erroneously suggested that the benefits of immunization have not been scientifically proven.
|2018-12-11||Science of Vaccination Misrepresented by Tennessee Congressman-Elect and Former State Senator||Congress, Federal||Bias and Misrepresentation||Other||
Tennessee Congressman-elect and former Senator Mark Green appeared to suggest that vaccination can cause Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proven that there is no link between receiving vaccines and developing ASD.
|2018-10-26||Climate Science Misrepresented by Alaska Congressman||Congress, Federal||Bias and Misrepresentation||Climate||
During a televised debate, Representative Don Young asserted, contrary to decades of scientific research, that climate change is not caused by human activities. Rep. Young also accused scientists of overstating the risks posed by climate change, saying “[i]t’s being used as an instrument to frighten people.”
|2018-06-20||Senators Request Review of NSF Grants||Congress, Federal, NSF||Research Hindrance||Climate||
Four Republican Senators requested that the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation (NSF) commence a review of its grant-making process. The Senators allege that NSF has issued several grants in violation of federal law, including one supporting a program intended to educate meteorologists about climate change.
|2018-05-16||Climate Science Misrepresented by House Science Committee Members||Congress, Federal||Bias and Misrepresentation||Climate||
During a hearing on May 16, 2018, several members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology misrepresented climate science. Among other things, they incorrectly suggested that human activities are not the primary driver of climate change, and that climate change is not causing sea level rise.
|2018-01-17||NIEHS Director’s Involvement in Scientific Study Investigated||Congress, Federal||Government Censorship, Research Hindrance||Other||
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology announced it was reviewing the involvement of Dr. Linda Birnbaum, the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in a study of federal toxics regulation and requested that HHS also commence a review.
|2017-11||Research into Sea-Ice Cover Obstructed by Congress||Congress, Federal||Research Hindrance||Climate||
Congress ordered the dismantling of a back-up satellite needed to investigate the impact of climate change on sea-ice in the poles.
|2017-03-29||Climate Science Criticized in Congressional Hearing||Congress, Federal||Bias and Misrepresentation, Research Hindrance||Climate||
At a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Rep. Lamar Smith criticized climatologists, asserting that they often “operate outside the principles of the scientific method.” Rep. Smith also questioned the accuracy of climate projections, saying that constitute “[a]larmist predictions [that] amount to nothing more than wild guesses.”