Jacob Carter

Research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

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Jacob Carter is a research scientist for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In this role, Dr. Carter investigates how science is used in the policy-making process, focusing on issues of scientific integrity across the federal government. See Jacob's full bio.

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7 Times Scott Pruitt Stole an Idea from the Villains of Captain Planet

Scott Pruitt, the man in charge of leading the US’s efforts on environmental protection, is reminding me of the show on the daily. Read more >

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Burying Their Heads in the Sand: 11 Times the Trump Administration Quashed Scientific Studies and Data

One of the tactics that the Trump administration uses to get science out of the way of their policymaking decisions is to bury it and pretend like it never existed. This is quite problematic because science-based decisionmaking is ineffective when it doesn’t use…well, science. By trashing the most up-to-date studies and data that could help inform our governments’ science-based decisions, this administration is literally putting people’s lives on the line. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt, Superfund, and Communities: A Burning Desire to Remediate the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site

There is a smoldering fire raging beneath the Bridgeton Landfill in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Bridgeton. Just 750 feet away, in the adjacent West Lake Landfill, tons of radioactive material remain. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund program web page describes how “In 1973, around 8,700 tons of leached barium sulfate from the Manhattan Project, a World War II nuclear bomb development program, was mixed with approximately 38,000 tons of soil and used to cover trash being dumped during daily operations.” Read more >

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And Then They Came for the Social Scientists

While the Trump administration’s war on science has been well-documented on issues such as climate change, there are now some signals that this administration may ramp up attacks on social science. Read more >

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UCS is Surveying Federal Scientists Working Under the Trump Administration

Beginning on Monday, February 12, UCS is administering another survey that will assess the status of scientific integrity across 16 federal science agencies. More than 63,000 government scientists will have the opportunity to anonymously share their perspectives on scientific integrity in the government. Read more >

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