Immediately after Inauguration Day, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seemed to be in jeopardy. Funds for projects involving climate change were halted. Scientists were temporarily prevented from presenting their data to the public by way of gag orders. Proposals to have all scientific data filtered through political appointees before being made available to the public were introduced.
The attack on the EPA could be described as the catalyst to the March for Science movement, as the science community decided then that we must take a stand for data. The current head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, who seems little interested in the agency he is in charge of and has sued 14 times while serving as the Attorney General in Oklahoma is on record stating that he believes “that measuring, with precision, human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So, no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” This is overwhelmingly contrary to data and conclusions of 97% of published climate scientist. Along with this complete denial of the scientific evidence, it was also noted that the EPA’s Office of Science and Technology, which was in charge of setting the standards for clean water for states removed the words “science-based” in reference to how these standards are determined, and replaced with “economically and technologically achievable” on their webpage. This can be interpreted that peer-reviewed scientific evidence will no longer be the basis for these standards.
The March for Science Atlanta believes that protections provided by the EPA, including clean air, clean water, and reduction of emissions that contribute to global warming, are important for all Americans as well as the entire globe, now and in future generations. Rejecting data and scientific evidence because it does not align with one’s ideology is extremely dangerous to us all, therefore we stand with the EPA!