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Global warming deniers don't just spread misinformation about what's happening to our planet—they harass scientists who are trying to protect our health and environment.
Dr. Michael Mann, a climate scientist who worked at the University of Virginia, has been the subject of a concerted campaign of legal harassment by a think tank affiliated with the oil industry and by Virginia's Attorney General—a vocal global warming denier. Their attacks are the latest in a witch hunt against Dr. Mann that has been going on for years.
Stories like this are more typical than most people realize. Scientists—whether they work on global warming, land use, or medicine—are oftenharassed, demoted, or even fired when their analysis runs afoul of politicians or threatens a corporation's bottom line.
It's a story we can change, Chrys L.K.. Together, we are protecting whistleblowers, exposing phony analysis, and making sure politics don't trump science. You've already taken the first step by joining our online community. Will you take step two and become a monthly donor today?
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No scientist should have to choose between his or her integrity and a job, but it happens all too often. UCS surveyed thousands of federal scientists, and more than one-third of respondents feared retaliation if they spoke out for what they believe is their agency's mission.
Just ask Michael Mann, the climate scientist whose story is above. Or Rosemary Johann-Liang, the Food and Drug Administration scientist who was reprimanded for trying to save lives with a warning label for a diabetes drug. Or ask Mike Kelly, the marine biologist whose efforts to protect endangered Coho salmon in southern Oregon were undermined by interference from Dick Cheney and other political leaders.
They did the research. They spoke the truth. And they risked their careers in the process.
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The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.UCS is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax deductible. You can be confident your donations to UCS are spent wisely.
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