Agency: US White House

Silencing Science Tracker

Agency: US White House

2018-09-18 Climate Change Omitted from National Biodefense Strategy US White House Government Censorship Climate

The White House published a new National Biodefense Strategy, outlining measures to prevent and mitigate disease outbreaks. Despite numerous scientific studies finding that climate change will increase the risk of such outbreaks, it is not discussed anywhere in the strategy.

2018-09-05 References to “Climate Change” Removed from EPA Regulatory Impact Analysis US EPA, US White House Government Censorship Climate

The White House Office of Management and Budget removed several paragraphs discussing climate change and its impact on human health from EPA’s regulatory impact analysis on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule.

2018-07-31 Climate Change Omitted from List of White House R&D Priorities US White House Budget Cuts, Government Censorship Climate

The White House Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy jointly released a memorandum outlining the Trump administration’s research and development priorities. Unlike previous versions, issued during the Obama administration, the memorandum does not list climate change as a priority area.

2018-05-14 Release of Scientific Study Blocked US EPA, US HHS, US White House Government Censorship Other

White House and EPA officials sought to block publication of HHS study on the health effects of water contamination due to concerns that it would be a “public relations nightmare.”

2018-04-23 Release of Federal Sustainability Reports Delayed US White House Government Censorship Climate

The White House Office of Management and Budget has delayed the release of sustainability reports prepared by at least seven federal agencies under Executive Order 13693 (signed by President Obama in March 2015).

2018-04-12 Use of Science in EPA Air Pollution Programs Restricted US EPA, US White House Bias and Misrepresentation Other

President Trump signed a memorandum directing the EPA Administrator to make changes to certain air pollution programs. The changes have implications for the use of science in developing and implementing air pollution protections.

2018-02-06 National Science and Technology Council to be Restructured US White House Personnel Changes Climate, Other

The White House announced plans to restructure the interagency National Science and Technology Council, which was established in 1993 to coordinate science policy across the federal government. The restructure will be overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which has requested input from 20 federal agencies.

2018-01-28 Climate Science Misrepresented by President Trump US White House Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

During an international television appearance, aired on ITV, President Trump misrepresented scientific data regarding climate change. The President made several incorrect statements, including suggesting that global temperatures are not increasing, and sea ice cover is not declining.

2017-12-31 Trump Administration Fails to Fill Science Positions US White House Personnel Changes Climate, Other

As of December 31, 2017, President Trump had filled fewer government science positions than any other recent President, at the same point in time. Just 20 of the 83 positions designated by the National Academies of Sciences as “science appointees” had been filled.

2017-12-18 Climate Change Dropped from National Security Strategy US White House Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

President Trump unveiled a new National Security Strategy, which omitted “climate change” from a list of global threats.

2017-10-23 Trump Administration Fails to Appoint Science Advisor US White House Personnel Changes Other

As of October 23, 2017, the Trump administration had taken longer than any other to nominate a science adviser to head the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

2017-08-17 Climate Change Omitted from White House’s List of FY2019 R&D Priorities US White House Budget Cuts, Government Censorship Climate

The White House Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy jointly released a memorandum outlining the Trump administration’s research and development priorities. Unlike previous versions, issued during the Obama administration, the memorandum does not list climate change as a priority area.

2017-01-21 Arctic Strategy Removed from White House Website US White House Government Censorship Climate

The White House deleted links to the U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic and related documents from its website.

2017-01-20 “Climate Change” References Removed from White House Website US White House Government Censorship Climate

The White House website was re-launched with all references to “climate change” removed.