Yogin Kothari

Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

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Yogin Kothari is a Washington representative with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He advocates for science-based policy solutions on a number of issues, including the regulatory process, endangered species, and chemical safety. He also works to reduce political interference in federal science and increase transparency and accountability. A graduate of George Washington University, Kothari been with UCS since 2011. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill before serving as lead assistant director at Grassroots Campaigns. See Yogin's full bio.

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Attacking Science in Week One: How Congress is Trying to Dismantle Public Protections

You may have heard that Congress is back in session this week. The House of Representatives started off by trying to eviscerate their own independent ethics watchdog behind closed doors on a national holiday. The public noticed, raised hell, and forced the chamber to reverse course.

But the absurdity in the House continues. Over the next few days, votes are scheduled on two radical proposals designed to erode the ability of federal agencies to use science to protect public health, safety, and the environment. Read more >

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The Congressional Review Act: A Radical Threat To Science

Thanks to your support, UCS has had a lot of crucial victories to improve public health and protect the environment over the last few months. But because of an obscure, radical, and rarely used congressional trick called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), all of this is at risk. Read more >

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Science and the Politics of Fracking—and What’s Ahead

Yesterday, (and then again this morning) Marketplace reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) downplayed scientists’ concerns about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water in a draft assessment published in June 2015. Read more >

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The 21st Century Cures Bill: Transparency Win Isn’t Enough

In the midst of one of the most abnormal presidential transitions in history, Congress is spending its last few weeks of session to wrap up pending business. One of the final remaining priorities for House and Senate leaders is the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). Read more >

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Why You Should Be Paying Attention to the Upcoming Budget Fight

When it comes to Congress, we know that budgets are about more than just money. Back in April, I warned that we shouldn’t let the federal budget process become a playground for special interests. Basically, with little to no debate, policymakers will exploit the process and attempt to sneak in harmful, ideological provisions that undermine the use of science in the policymaking process and help rig the system for special interests. Read more >

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