Obama’s Energy Dept. leaves behind a new ‘scientific integrity’ policy.Leave a Comment
…Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s announcement comes after the Trump transition team sent the department a questionnaire asking for the names of personnel who had attended meetings related to climate change…. The new policy states as its “cornerstone” that “all scientists, engineers, or others supported by DOE are free and encouraged to share their scientific findings and views.” That includes talking to the media, giving public talks, and even expressing views on social media (though these can’t be attributed to the government). The seven-page policy prevents other agency employees, such as political appointees or press officers, from leaning on or torquing scientific findings. “Under no circumstance may anyone, including a public affairs officer, ask or direct any researcher to alter the record of scientific findings or conclusions,” the document states….