The Honorable _____________
United State Senate
Washington, DC 20510
The recent mandate from the Trump administration demanding the EPA and USDA curtail their communication with the press and public is unacceptable. By silencing these scientific agencies and then dictating what they say, this administration is clearly endorsing political manipulation of the sciences. That not only flies in the face of science, but also American Democracy, where the facts should inform policy, not the other way around.
These agencies are full of dedicated individuals, whose goal day in and day out, is simply to help the American people. The Trump administration is going out of their way to make the lives of the American people worse by needlessly interfering in these agencies most important task, informing the public.
This mandate is the latest in a series of decisions by this administration that rattles me as an American citizen. Silencing unbiased scientific organizations (not to mention threats to the press, clearly a violation of the First Amendment) is something you hear about in authoritarian, third-world countries, not the United States of America.
I understand that this mandate is largely in response to the results that these agencies are publishing about climate change. Judicious decisions based off of the fact that humans are at least in part responsible for the rate in which our planet is warming can be bad for the economy in the short term. I understand the necessity to balance the needs of the environment with those of the economy. However, it is not the job of the President to hide facts from the eyes of the American people. He should allow the people to see the facts and make decisions on their own. That is how democracy works.
Thank you for your consideration of my viewpoint on this matter. It is an important issue. It shocks me that this administration is so wholeheartedly endorsing the concept of political manipulation of the sciences. Please take time to consider what short and long term impacts these actions will have on our great country.