Agency: KY

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Agency: KY

2019-03-19 Science of Immunization Misrepresented by Kentucky Governor KY, State Bias and Misrepresentation Other

During a media interview, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin misrepresented the science of infectious diseases, presenting “chickenpox on purpose” as a valid alternative to vaccination. That view is not shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that children receive the chickenpox vaccination, and not be purposely exposed to the disease.

2018-01-16 Cuts to Funding for Scientific Research Proposed in Kentucky KY, State Budget Cuts Climate

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin proposed a two-year budget that would cut state spending by 6.25%. The cuts would affect numerous scientific research program, including the Kentucky Mesonet, which would have its funding eliminated.

2018-01-09 Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Rejected by Kentucky Governor KY, State Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

During an interview on Cincinnati radio, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin accepted that the climate “has been changing,” but suggested this is a natural phenomenon. Governor Bevin described scientific research showing that human activities contribute to climate change as “ludicrous” and “absolutely preposterous.”

2018-01-05 Climate Science Misrepresented by Kentucky Governor KY, State Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin posted a tweet suggesting that the cold weather experienced in the U.S. in winter 2017/18 disproves the existence of climate change. The tweet included a weather map showing frigid temperatures in the U.S. and said: “Trump has been in office 1 year and has already fixed global warming.”

2017-09 Humans’ Role in Climate Change Questioned by Kentucky Governor KY, State Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

In a speech at the annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin suggested that climate change is not caused by human activities. The Governor described studies linking human activities to climate change as “nonsense.”

2017-02 Climate Science Misrepresented by Kentucky Mayor KY, Local Govt., State Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

Todd Pollock, the mayor of Bedford in Kentucky, told reporters that the science of climate change is not “settled” and that its causes have yet to be determined.