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JL
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Unfortunately, many scientists report being discouraged from sharing their scientific research and analysis with the public. In fact, a Union of Concerned Scientists investigation found that the practices of some federal agencies effectively censor scient



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JL A. (275)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 9:08 am
Don't Let the Government Muzzle Scientists

Scientists working at government agencies play a critical role in protecting our health, safety, and environment—from testing new drugs to ensure they're safe, to recalling contaminated food and warning us about extreme weather events.

Unfortunately, many scientists report being discouraged from sharing their scientific research and analysis with the public. In fact, a Union of Concerned Scientists investigation found that the practices of some federal agencies effectively censor scientists, impeding their ability to discuss their work with their peers and journalists and to convey research findings to the public.

To truly protect public health, safety, and the environment, scientists employed by government agencies must feel free to speak out about research findings that impact our lives.

Please urge agency leaders to let government scientists speak out.
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” – Zora Neale Hurston

Public Citizen is known for the cutting-edge, in-depth research that is the foundation of the poking and prying we’ve been doing for over 40 years to advance consumer rights, health and safety, and democracy.

Sometimes our work complements that of researchers at federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Sometimes our work pushes policymakers and regulators to a higher standard.

Either way, we’re alarmed about a trend toward censorship of government scientists.

Take action right now with our allies at the Union of Concerned Scientists to tell administrators of federal agencies, “Don’t muzzle scientists!”

Union of Concerned Scientists investigations have found that some federal agencies are, in effect, censoring scientists.

Many government researchers fear retaliation if they publicly express concerns about their agency’s work. And many report being discouraged from sharing their research with the public.

It’s as simple as this: Censoring scientists puts people at risk.

Make sure that the dedicated, conscientious researchers at the agencies we all depend on — to safeguard our food and medicine, our air and water, our economy and democracy — can do their jobs.

Thank you for taking action.

Robert Weissman
President, Public Citizen
Petition at:
https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3415&src=promotion&subsrc=chappc
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 9:11 am

Thank you for taking action! This too in my email, though I had not yet opened the letter.

I find it very curious how many want improvement in medical research, yet turn their back on Science in the broader sweep of things. Science is our future, nothing about research and learning facts requires any one to surrender their beliefs in any form of religion. Science works independently of faith, it looks only for facts that in time reveal truths.
 

Bill K. (23)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 9:21 am
who needs scientists when we have people like rush and sarah and mitt to tell us what's real
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 10:01 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week. We can expect anything we do to work and do what we want if we don't have and use the facts--all of which should be available when the research was done or paid for by government and thus the taxpayers.
 

Elizabeth O. (87)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 11:18 am
Signed.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 12:45 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 2:49 pm
Signed & Twittered
 

Marie W. (65)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 9:41 pm
Ongoing issue since GW Bush...
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 9:50 pm
You are so right Marie; the bad habits persist and not all the bad apples have been weeded out that treat science this way.
 

Michael O. (172)
Friday October 12, 2012, 4:56 am
Science shines a light on the world around us. We are all the better for those scientists who have come before us, enriching our lives with technological advances, treatments for diseases, and a greater understanding of the natural world in which we live.
 

paul m. (93)
Friday October 12, 2012, 6:18 am

Signed,,,,Government should but out of things they know nothing about and that may apply too the runing of the Country...
 

JL A. (275)
Friday October 12, 2012, 7:16 am
Michael, marvelous statement on why we all should value science and scientists. Thanks Paul, you make an excellent point:You cannot currently send a star to paul because you have done so within the last week.
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Friday October 12, 2012, 12:30 pm
Signed, thanks! Cannot believe we are in the 21st century and this happens!!
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Friday October 12, 2012, 1:01 pm
Noted, and action taken. Are the muzzlers living iin the age of G.W. Bush?!
More reason to NOT vote for the GOP ticket; don't think the same policy can not return under the next GOP administration!!
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Friday October 12, 2012, 1:03 pm
Bill K., I had not seen your comment until I looked for mine: On the money!! But, you left out Michelle!
 

Lisa Neste (699)
Friday October 12, 2012, 1:15 pm
Thank you for taking action!
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Friday October 12, 2012, 1:16 pm
Fntastic post JL best post ive seen all month! Isnt it amazing how when a scientist says something the government wants to hear then science is great however when scientists say something the government doesnt want to hesr like global warming then science is a crock cant have it both ways call me crazy but im gonna trust science ovay lmao thanks JL signed shared tweeted and noted even sent you a star!er politicians anyd
 

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Friday October 12, 2012, 2:06 pm
Too bad Canadians can't sign
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Friday October 12, 2012, 4:44 pm
Signed & Noted. Thanks, J.L. You only have to look at the Republican members of the Congressional House Science Committee to know why science is threatened. With Reps. in the majority now, senior members have placed absolute quacks in senior leadership positions heading committees. Akin is a member of that committee. Jon Stewart & Colbert brought this to the full attention of their audience this week--so, hopefully, MainStreamMedia will start doing some better reporting regarding this.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday October 12, 2012, 8:00 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lisa because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Lois because you have done so within the last week.
Thanks Marie!
 

Bill K. (23)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 6:00 am
sorry Mitchell, i did leave out Michelle. but there are so many of them who can remember them all.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 6:55 am
You cannot currently send a star to Bill because you have done so within the last week.
 

Ludger W. (72)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 7:22 am
noted, signed, ty
 

Joe R. (189)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 9:49 am
Signed and noted.
 

David Menard (43)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 2:14 pm
N&S
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 2:23 pm
You cannot currently send a star to David because you have done so within the last week.
 

Emma S. (227)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:18 am
Done! Thanks, JL.
 

Richard Pietrasz (1)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 10:23 am
If the public paid for the research, it belongs to the public. Censoring the research is grand theft, a major crime.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 3:07 pm
Signed! The planet cannot exist without scientists!!
 

Sara W. (110)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 11:00 pm
Gladly signed.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 11:23 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Sara M because you have done so within the last week.
 
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