New White House Panel Aims To Separate Science, Politics

FILE - In this March 2, 2010, file photo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, chief, Jane Lubchenco looks out from the waterfront as she speaks to fisherman in Gloucester, Mass. A new 46-person federal scientific integrity task force with members from dozens of government agencies will meet for the first time Friday, May 14, 2021. “We want people to be able to trust what the federal government is telling you, whether it’s a weather forecast or information about vaccine safety or whatever,” said Lubchenco, the deputy director for climate and environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

(AP) — A new White House task force is looking back at instances when politics interfered with science and trying to come up with ways to prevent that from happening again. The Biden White House will unveil more information about its science integrity task force on Monday. The panel will have its first meeting on Friday. White House science officials say it’s about restoring trust in government science after political meddling during the Trump administration. Officials point to politics influencing the science during the coronavirus pandemic and on the subject of climate change. Trump science adviser Kelvin Droegemeier says science should be allowed to be done “in an honest way.”


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