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Climate Science At NASA: Building Back Better After The Trump Era

By Keith Cowing
February 10, 2021
Climate Science At NASA: Building Back Better After The Trump Era

NASA’s Climate Communications Might Not Recover From the Damage of Trump’s Systemic Suppression, Time
“Soon after, I was told by higher-ups including JPL’s director of the Office of Communication, also a career employee rather than a political appointee, to stop reporting on and sharing climate-related content from other government agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service and the Department of Energy–groups I’d been collaborating with for years. I was also banned from working with non-NASA academic climate scientists and educators.”
Keith’s note: From what I saw during the Trump Administration NASA managed to fare somewhat better than NOAA and other agencies when it came to science communication in general and climate science in particular. But that is just a relative comparison. This account about events several years ago does reflect how pervasively anti-science the Trump Administration was. That is now behind us as the Biden Administration has already made emphatic moves to address climate change and make up for lost time. One would hope that the behavior of JPL PAO as described in this article comes to an end.

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.