This op-ed was published in the Press Democrat newspaper on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Don’t let those who muzzle scientists have the last word
By DENNIS F. MANGAN
The federal government intends to make it difficult for the public to learn about the evidence that supports the connection between climate change and fossil fuels. Spearheaded by gas, oil and coal moguls, a recent presidential executive order deleted website information about our changing atmosphere and silenced government scientists from talking to the public about this topic. Scientists working for the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies fear the permanent deletion of data.