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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Proposed budget cuts threaten the health and safety of all Americans, especially our children. Photo: USEPA/Flickr

How Bad Are Proposed Budget Cuts at the EPA? Let Me Count the Ways

, executive director

The proposals to cut EPA funding and undermine the agency’s ability to implement evidence-based policies are deeply troubling and threaten the public health and safety of everyone across the US. Read more >

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Tell Congress to Send Support, Not Poison Pills, to Endangered Species Protections

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

Valentine’s Day. It’s the time of year where we, as a nation, spend an exorbitant amount of money on roses, heart-shaped chocolates, and oversized teddy bears. In 2017, America spent $18.2 billion (an average of $136.57 per person) on gifts to show their affection for that special someone. Read more >

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Our Science for Public Good Project: Hosting a Holiday Air and Water Quality Party

Nabeehah Azeez, Jennifer Kunze, and Anna Scott, , UCS

Nothing says ‘happy holidays’ like environmental justice, so the three of us co-hosted a holiday party in West Baltimore to talk about a recent lead water testing campaign and an upcoming air quality monitoring campaign called Baltimore Open Air. Read more >

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An ExxonMobil-funded senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe, cited a debunked ExxonMobil-funded study at a recent Senate hearing. C-SPAN

ExxonMobil’s Climate Disinformation Campaign is Still Alive and Well

, senior writer

In a recent blog post, ExxonMobil executive Suzanne McCarron reiterated her company’s claim that it fully accepts the reality of climate change and that it wants to do something about it. So why is the company still a part of—in fact, a major part of—the problem? Read more >

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An X-ray showing the affected lungs from acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which can be triggered by air pollution. Photo: Wikimeda

Science Alert to EPA Chief Pruitt: Pollution Kills People

, executive director

The science is clear—pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. This is not the time to roll back efforts to control pollution. Read more >

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