Trump Mandates EPA Research Must Undergo Political Review Before Release

Tyler Durden's picture

Amid rumors (climate change site removal), denials (gag orders), and melting snowflakes (see social media), AP reports the Trump administration is mandating that EPA scientific studies and data must undergo review by political staff before being released to the public.

As NPR reported earlier, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency who want to publish or present their scientific findings likely will need to have their work reviewed on a "case by case basis" before it can be disseminated, according to a spokesman for the agency's transition team.

In an interview Tuesday evening with NPR, Doug Ericksen, the head of communications for the Trump administration's EPA transition team, said that during the transition period, he expects scientists will undergo an unspecified internal vetting process before sharing their work outside the agency.


"We'll take a look at what's happening so that the voice coming from the EPA is one that's going to reflect the new administration," Ericksen told NPR.


Ericksen did not say whether such a review process would become a permanent feature of Trump's EPA. "We're on Day 2 here. ... You've got to give us a few days to get our feet underneath us."

Any review would directly contradict the agency's current scientific integrity policy, which was published in 2012.

It prohibits "all EPA employees, including scientists, managers and other Agency leadership from suppressing, altering, or otherwise impeding the timely release of scientific findings or conclusions."

It's not abnormal for administrations to restrict access to government scientists. In 2013, a statement by the Society of Environmental Journalists called the EPA under former-President Obama "one of the most closed, opaque agencies to the press."

And now, as AP details, Ericksen, confirmed Wednesday the review also extends to content on the federal agency's website, including details of scientific evidence showing that the Earth's climate is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame.

Former EPA staffers said Wednesday the restrictions imposed under Trump far exceed the practices of past administrations.


Ericksen said no orders have been given to strip mention of climate change from , saying no decisions have yet been made.


"Obviously with a new administration coming in, the transition time, we'll be taking a look at the web pages and the Facebook pages and everything else involved here at EPA."


Asked specifically about scientific data collected by agency scientists, such as routine monitoring of air and water pollution, Ericksen responded, "Everything is subject to review."

Ericksen said Tuesday that the agency was preparing to greenlight nearly all of the $3.9 billion in pending contracts that were under review. Ericksen said he could not immediately provide details about roughly $100 million in distributions that will remain frozen.

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El Dorado's picture

EPA research is already politically motivated. How about we just eliminate the EPA all together!

two hoots's picture


Trump can start by stopping wasted grants for studies which are for nothing more than income and toys for those getting them.  Many do grants for full time jobs, instead of getting a real one, like being a full time student.


dogsandhoney2's picture

yeah, get rid of scientists.
and give the grants back to the corporations.
if it aint saleable, it aint smells.


King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) El Dorado Jan 25, 2017 5:23 PM

I don't care if it is at the Federal, state or local government level- START FIRING THESE MFers! 

johngaltfla's picture

Good. The Tree-Hugging anti-American Marixst SOBs should have their job status reviewed also.

Pinto Currency's picture

When they are faking data, it needs to be reviewed:

0.5% not 97% of scientists identified humans as primary source of warming.

Except that its not warming:

Save_America1st's picture

Ban the fucking EPA....nobody (credible and sane) wants or needs those fuckers.  If you have to keep some form office around then let's keep to just a few people who work from their own homes.  We can pick up the tab for some new laptops and their high speed internet service so they can keep up w/ the latest satellite data and run some analysis, make some charts on occassion.  Fuck, it's not like it takes much.  Plus a modest salary and some travel tax write-offs.  That's all they would need.  

The first 2 I would nominate are Lord Christopher Monckton and Joe Bastardi.

They'll set the record straight for sure, and we'll never get fake climate "data" from either of them.  They're 2 of the good guys and they won't spend all their time and billions of our dollars making up fake bullshit data on behalf of the treasonous, globalist scumbags in order to steal away our money, industry, land, freedom and liberty for the NWO.

All the bullshit con-artist fake scientists, EPA clowns, Al Gore, and all the rest who try to fuck over our lives for their own power and enrichment can have 2 choices going forward:  Admit their fraud and fuck off forever and go get real jobs and stop scamming the world, or go to prison for fraud for 20 or so years.  Their choice...this is a "democracy" after all, right sheeple?  ;-)

DEMIZEN's picture

Right on, dismiss the whole fucking branch, give them a golden eehmm, or maybe some woodcarved hipster watch. and send them home.

balolalo's picture

this article and the comments up and down are just


this generation, these next four years will be looked back upon with embassment and shame.  

your descendents will hate you.


nonclaim's picture

The only risk we face is a global flood from the cry-me-a-river leftards.

UselessEater's picture

As a former "greenie" who then started to follow the money .... it'll be a fine legacy to shut down China's pollution (by removing free trade deals) get tehir air clean again and allow western nations to be the producers of the fine products and technology western nations created.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"The only risk we face is a global flood from the cry-me-a-river leftards."

Given that the current EPA is a nonscientific political body already, it is easy to accept this. However, the ability to force science to fit with political desires will create a flood of risk to your ability to know anything objectively. You may not be lied to by the MSM, but you may be lied to by the state.

A Nanny Moose's picture

You ARE BEING LIED TO by the MSM, and you will be lied to by the state.


Also, there is no longer is there anything mainstream about these lying sacks of Communist shit. They are the Legacy Media.

Save_America1st's picture

What is "SAD"?  Is that the acronym for the group you founded:  Sheeptards Are Delusional?

It's obvious that way too many millions in these overlapping generations have been dumbed down and turned into crybabies with serious mental disorders.  But for every one of them out there who are struggling to comprehend reality there are many more of those of us who are awake and who will continue to try and wake those indocrinated souls up from their cognitive dissonence.  We will always keep trying to wake the little snowflakes up w/ serious doses of medicinal reality to cure them from their indoctrination from the scumbags of this world who have infected thier minds with all this bullshit propaganda.

So hey....wake the fuck up, dude.  Quit being a pussy for the NWO globalist scumbags.  Join Fight Club.  Be a fucking man and think for yourself instead of being a mental patient.

Help others wake up.  If you read ZeroHedge regularly then you'll know there's no way any of this bullshit is going to get to the vast majority of us on here.  We're realists.  We're awake.  We're intelligent critical thinkers who don't let give a fuck about the fake media and their propganda.  Ain't gonna happen.

Either wake up get with the program or get lost.  go hang out w/ Ashley Judd and her violent pussy and all the weak, feable little losers who hang on every word that they're fed through their behinds by O-Traitor and the fake media. 

We really don't give a shit otherwise. 

garcam123's picture

It's like I said to you all, here, The Fucking inmates have overun the Nuthouse! I voted for this fucking lump because we might get an extra hour before the WHOLE FUCKING WORLD IS DESTROYED!  It was going to happen anyway.......I'm just happy to know that an asswipe community like all you shit suckers will be gone in the first flashes.  I'll go back to the stars content knowing the the low wing depends wearing intellectual giants won't have any more space to diahreea.....spew.  This will be a time when the universe has a chance of recovering from trash like this piece of shit site! You're all just free entertainment indicating lunacy at it's most decrepid! It's no wonder thing are so fucked up.........look at the pool of intellectual giants I said, a humerous spew of shit 24/7.  Zorrohedge! Bunch of fucking stupid clowns........I don't know why I waste my time, yea I do, I'm done fuckin my nympho girlfriend and I got nothin else to do after placing my orders for the day and need to be intellectually insulted so I can go out and be an asshole to everyone else all day! Talk about America being uneducated...........I think this is the remedial learning to read class! But I love the babble here, it's like visiting a normal nuthouse, full to the brim with kooks, a perfect picture opf Cow_Barn America!

Sages wife's picture

Leave, stay, continue your endless whining,...whatever.

panhead20's picture

Monckton has a degree in classics and a diploma in journalism.
Bastardi is a professional meteorologist and weather forecaster.

Not exactly the education nor the brain trust I want for this important problem the world is facing. Burying your head in the sand and screaming it is not our fault, is not how adults solve problems.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Poison The Well much? What problem, exactly?

Save_America1st's picture


okay, who do you believe?  Al Gore?  The rest of the NWO?  Michael Mann from Penn St. and East Anglia U. conspiring to falsify every single fucking bit of data they possibly could in order to fuck us all over for the NWO?  All proven in their emails and then they were debunked and shut down for good along w/ Al Gore who was using their data to fuck us all over. 

Not that we ever believe in that shit around here anyways...we're critical thinkers and wide awake.  There's this thing called the Sun and....ah fuck, never mind, it's not worth wasting my time on an indoctrinated, low IQ, ill-informed, panhead sheeptard. 

And by the way, Monckton blew those fuck-tards outta the water years ago for all their lies and the enviro-nazi bullshit has never and will never recover from that.  Fraud is all it is.

wake the fuck up's a scam, just like everything else these treasonous, sciopaths are scamming on people like you who are too gullible to figure it out.

Pay attention around here in Fight'll learn something real if you wake the fuck up. 

Dimwit's picture

NASA admits no one knows 'Glow'bull' temperature,right at the bottom of this Q/A page here,


East Indian's picture

No need for any mandatory review. Instead, 


1. Make data cooking and tampering a serious crime punishable with seven years' imprisonment.

2. Any author publishing a study should be automatically held accountable for the authenticity of the data he uses. 


And then let us sit back and see how much earth is warming and how much of it is due to flatulence.

dogsandhoney2's picture

yeah, review the jobs of treehugging marxists!
and fire them!

party at your house.


dogsandhoney2's picture

yeah, fire everybody!
party at your place.


dark fiber's picture

This would be too extreme.  Look, you cannot dump mercury into rivers, or dioxin into lakes.  You do need an EPA in some form.  It's the climate change nonsense that needs to be reviewed and the research on the subject audited.  But unless you want to turn the place into China, you do need someone keeping things in line.

CrazyCooter's picture

An excellent opinion - with which I agree.

Folks forget it was NIXON that started the EPA - and at the time we had rivers that used to CATCH ON FIRE they were so polluted.

Unfortunately, as is human nature, the sensible things were done first and then things got politicized over time and became a mechanism to push an agenda that had benefits for some players. Climate change is like religion for some people - it is crazy how far this has gone.

A sensible audit, with all the data being made public (in so far as it isn't a security issue) - so there are more eyeballs looking things over - and when frauds are found they are PURGED and their work pitched in the shit can.

That will fix that in a hurry as I suspect folks are just producing what they are paid to produce and will largely stop when they realize the reward isn't there anymore (same faux-research principle applies with big pharma medical studies)

And stopping spending on stupid shit. That too.

My take on this is that they don't want the EPA doing something with Trump in office that blindsides them - don't forget how hard Obama was working to fuck everything up before he left office. If he had cronies in various agencies laboring to screw things up after the transition - it wouldn't surprise me at all.

Impressive first few days of office - can't want to see what things look like in a year!



Arnold's picture

Crist, one little river in Cleveland burns and everybody goes nutz.

Cleveland people.


Love Canal is what started it.

Not in Cleveland, no burning.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Government typically grants permits for disposal. That river in Cleveland was Public rather than Private property. This is a crucial distinction. Other public lands include, but are not limited to...

not dead yet's picture

The EPA is also trying to control every single pond, creek, and stream. Just like C02 they are in business of control not tackling the real issues of pollution.

logicalman's picture

Let's face it, humanity has fucked itself up.

Humans will give up everything important just for convenience.

Glad I'm old. Pity my kids and the world they are inheriting.


NordikAvenger's picture

Who reviews the climate change "nonsense", the politicians?  Who judges what is correct science here?  Who sets up the machinery that disseminates this to the politicians?  Other politicians?

Jubal Early's picture

you do need someone keeping things in line.

This is why this movement was hijacked by the tribe from the very beginning.  Think of all the celebrities, Prince Charlse, Gore and on and on.  Pollution is indeed a threat to us all, but allowing the tribe to use it to make us slaves over it is far worse.

Calling out every single lie won't work because they are masters at creating layer upon layer of them for every thing they do.  Just think of all the lies spewing out of the media at every one of their false flag terrorism rituals.  

The only logical way to proceed is to ignore all their magick and go straight for them.  Trying to sort out the useful idiots from their agents will never work either.  Trump has to start firing kikes en masse or supporting their fight against polution will just accelerate our enslavement.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Jan 25, 2017 5:09 PM

I am sick of WINNING....

NoVa's picture

Rut Ruh for the Civil Servants - now they have notice so the new Trump Dep Secs can fire those who display Willful Disobedience to Executive orders.




King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) NoVa Jan 25, 2017 5:25 PM

Trump could fire half of .gov employees and it would still not be enough

peddling-fiction's picture

That would only be the entrée

Winston Churchill's picture

Obongo gave us a list of non essential govt. workers in the shutdown, if they're non essential they're free


peddling-fiction's picture

Take no risks.

Fire 8 years of hires.

Save_America1st's picture

Fire half to start with and hand them all a nice clean and shiny new shovel.  Something they can use if they still want a job. 

Mr. T. has a lot of ground-works planned across the nation.  If those worthless slacker pussies still want a job then they can put that shovel to use starting right away.

Cuz as Judge Smails always says:


cheech_wizard's picture

The wall needs to be built...with newly unemployed Federal government employees. There's some poetic justice in this as it would probably be the first time they did an honest's day work in their lives.

peddling-fiction's picture

With all the stress this is causing government employees, this must be bullish for Pharma.

Arnold's picture

Hey good Idea.

I'm opening a New Age mental health facility using Sears, Pennys and Macy's space at the local mall.

I never considered drugs.

peddling-fiction's picture

Give drugs only to snowflakes.

For the rest of us, use natural remedies, herbs, and essential oils as well as music therapy.

peddling-fiction's picture

Pharmaceutical drugs for anxiety or depression. For snowflakes only.

not dead yet's picture

With Trump calling for a hiring freeze almost if not all of the government departments under Obama went on a hiring spree the last few months. Other than starting more wars Obama did huge damage to the country in his last few months in office.

dogsandhoney2's picture

yeah, fire everyone!

party at your place.


benb's picture

Never thought I'd see the day. The dream is coming true... and fast!

benb's picture

And the F-ing U..N. is next on the Hit List!!!!