Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.


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Latest Science and Democracy Posts

Better Ways to Describe the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

It is not exactly a secret that these are challenging times for both science and democracy in the US. From attacks on science and science-based policies, to the increasing body of evidence that we may not be able to count on the federal government to protect public health and safety, the days are long, and not just because of the summer solstice. Read more >

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When the Floods are Certain But (NOAA’s) Funds Are Not

, Climate Preparedness Specialist

Did you know? Arriving tomorrow and continuing over the weekend, our coasts can expect some of the highest tides and most extensive flooding of the year (we’ll see these King Tides again in July and August). The number of days with coastal flooding is expected to be 35% above normal this year, and “normal” already includes a steep increase over historic levels, courtesy of sea level rise. Well underway is an extra-active Atlantic hurricane season.

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US Census Bureau
NOAA Office of Coastal Management, Digital Coast
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
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Science Needs to Learn Lessons from the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Dan Pomeroy, , UCS

The recent March for Science did not help public support for science. That is what the majority of Americans told a recent Pew Research Center survey and what certain news outlets are quick to put in their headlines. My response: Who cares? If my years of organizing for LGBTQ rights taught me anything, it’s that the success of the march should not be measured by the day, but by the movement it creates. Read more >

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Want to Squash Science? Follow Pruitt’s Lead at the EPA

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Just 3 out of 18 executive committee members and 11 out of 49 subcommittee members will remain on a vital EPA science committee, with just 10 days to reapply to their positions. Read more >

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Signed, Sealed, Delayed? The New Fate of the Added Sugar Rule and Other Safeguards

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The FDA announced this week that it “intends to extend compliance dates” for the nutrition facts label final rules, which will include the separate line for added sugars. We celebrated the finalization of this rule last May as science-based advocacy prevailing to give consumers key information on the foods they consume. While the FDA has not yet announced exactly how long that extension will push back implementation, the food industry has asked HHS Secretary Tom Price to delay the rule’s enforcement three years, until May 2021. Read more >

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