Raúl Grijalva and Donald McEachin Want Interior Secretary to Repeal “Secret Science” Order
Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department late last month quietly issued its “Promoting Open Science” order, which many worry limits conservation science. The order says officials can only use scientific studies or findings whose underlying data are publicly available and reproducible, and science advocates say the rule could exclude the consideration of scientific studies whose findings and evidence can’t be made fully public due to privacy concerns. Four Democratic lawmakers, led by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), sent a letter to Zinke on Thursday urging him to rescind the September 28th order that they worry will lead to gagging scientists. “We have little trust in the Department’s current leadership to faithfully adhere to principles of scientific integrity,” they wrote. “Political decision-makers should never be given as much unilateral authority over scientific data as the Promoting Open Science order would.” Joining Grijalva in the letter were Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Donald McEachin (D-VA), as well as Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA). More here.