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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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Tribal fishing areas are still actively maintained and passed from generation to generation as eagles soar overhead, Quinault Indian Tribe (WA)

The Importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) When Examining Climate Change

Samantha Chisholm Hatfield, PhD, , UCS

It all started with a simple conversation over lunch. The fuse had been lit, the spark began, and the first step had occurred in my journey, unbeknownst to me at the time. Later that day, I realized, for the first time in my life, I had experiences that were unique. And, I realized I held knowledge. Knowledge that was different from others; knowledge that went beyond the scientific or academic type, and that ran richer, deeper, more extensive. Sitting over sandwiches, sitting with culture, sitting with knowledge. Read more >

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Two Surprising Facts about NOAA

, senior climate scientist

Did you know that services from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) support more than one-third of US GDP? Read more >

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Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration to promote scientific integrity in federal decision-making. But we cannot forget the many steps that preceded it. Read more >

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Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA (Flickr)
Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA (Flickr)

The Truth About Pruitt’s EPA Lawsuits is Even Worse Than You Might Think

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One well-reported thing about Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, is his penchant for filing lawsuits to block the EPA from enforcing clean air, clean water, and climate regulations, rather than suing polluters in his own state of Oklahoma.

This alone ought to provide ample grounds for rejecting his nomination. But a closer look at these lawsuits and the legal arguments Pruitt has advanced (or signed onto) tells an even more disturbing story. Read more >

Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA (Flickr)
Photo: Peggy Davis/CC-BY SA (Flickr)
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The Department of Energy Just Created a Powerful Tool to Protect its Scientists

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

It’s harder to create good science, and to follow the evidence where it leads, when your work can be easily corrupted by political meddling. The Department of Energy has significantly expanded protections for its scientific workforce, the majority of which work in America’s great national laboratories, by finalizing a significantly improved scientific integrity policy. Read more >

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