Washington, DC - In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee staff, Sam Clovis announced he is withdrawing his name for consideration as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top scientist. The controversial former talk show host has come under increasing scrutiny for past inflammatory statements and lack of science credentials to serve in this role. On top of being clearly unqualified for the post, news recently came to light that Clovis may also have contributed to Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election.
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network, released the following statement:
“Sam Clovis’s withdrawal is a welcome sign for those of us who value science and the well-being of farming communities over the agenda of a climate change-denying, racist, anti-immigrant talk show host. Not only did the potential appointment of Clovis threaten scientific progress, but it would have also exacerbated rifts and economic challenges in agricultural areas.
Unfortunately, Clovis still plays an influential role in the administration as a White house advisor. We must ensure he isn’t given another position that would undermine scientific integrity.”
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