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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Got Climate Science Questions, Administrator Pruitt? Ask the US National Academy of Sciences

, director of science & policy

Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, appears to need some help in understanding the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change. Read more >

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Photo: Gary Peeples/USFWS

Conferences and Condors: UCS Unveils a New Toolkit for Scientists Engaging on the Endangered Species Act

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

Hundreds of ecologists will flock to the west coast next week as the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting convenes in Portland, Oregon. I will be speaking there, armed with our newly released guide, Advancing Science in the Endangered Species Act: A Toolkit for Scientists.

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Part of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center site before remediation, October 2002. Photo credits: lgnc.org/conservation

On Healing Sick Ecosystems

Lee Dietterich, , UCS

I am a person who is fascinated by organisms of all kinds. I like the cute fuzzy ones that most people like, but also the scaly, leafy, prickly, stinky, or slimy ones, as well as the ones we can’t see without a microscope but that have outsized effects on the world around them. I am amazed by how many different ways there are to be alive on this planet, and moved by the intricate connections living things have with each other and their environments. Read more >

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A worker at the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia. Photo: Wikimedia

Energy Department Scientists Barred From Attending Nuclear Power Conference

, senior writer

The most likely explanation is where the conference took place — Russia — and what it was about — nuclear energy. Read more >

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The Health Care Vote and the Ethic of Responsibility

, president

Maybe, just maybe, this act of conscience will set a powerful example that moves both sides away from bitter and polarizing gamesmanship. Read more >

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