Congressman Cohen Supports Scientific Integrity at Federal Agencies

July 17, 2019
Press Release
Expresses concerns about political interference at federal agencies

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology Committee, today questioned a witness at a Joint Subcommittee hearing on “Scientific Integrity in Federal Agencies.” 

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Scientific Integrity Act which requires federal agencies that fund or direct public science to establish and maintain clear scientific integrity principles.  

Afterward, Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

“It’s clear that the Trump Administration has compromised the integrity of scientific inquiry for political and, in some cases, commercial purposes. Ignoring climate change and reassigning a senior climate scientist to collect oil and gas royalties in a deliberate effort to silence him is not the way to make the critical breakthroughs we need. Failure to acknowledge the science, luckily, won’t make it go away.”  

Among those testifying today was Mr. Joel Clement, a former senior climate scientist in the Interior Department who was reassigned by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to collect gas royalties after being an outspoken messenger on climate issues and is now a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. See Congressman Cohen’s exchange with Mr. Clement here.