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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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Who Was 2015’s Got Science Champion? The Results Are In…

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Last month, we announced our annual Got Science? Champions: folks who stood up for science in 2015, often despite serious threats to their careers and reputations. Among our five winners, we asked you to pick your favorite. Hundreds of you responded, and the results are in. Read more >

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Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon facility. Photo:  Scott L.

It’s The Largest Methane Leak in U.S. History. Who’s Responsible?

, senior fuels engineer

Perhaps the only thing growing as fast as the Powerball Jackpot this week is the liability that Southern California Gas Company faces for its massive natural gas leak discovered last October. The leak’s three month anniversary, on January 23rd, is expected to pass without any resolution, and current estimates are that it will not be stopped until at least March 2016. We know the leak has very negative implications for the climate—so what is happening to hold the company accountable for its impacts? Read more >

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The Public Interest Lies in Promoting Transparency AND Protecting Scientists from Harassment

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

On Sunday, the New York Times published an op-ed from Paul Thacker, a former Senate staffer who is critical of UCS’s efforts to protect scientists from harassment. Unfortunately, he misrepresents our work, as he did previously in a PLOS Biology op-ed that was ultimately retracted (to our surprise, while we were corresponding with an editor about corrections to the piece). Read more >

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President Obama during the 2014 State of the Union address. Photo: The White House

President Obama’s Final State of the Union: What to Expect, and What to Hope For

, director of strategy & policy

In his final State of the Union speech tomorrow night, President Obama will certainly have a lot to say about the economy, terrorism, gun control, and health care. But he is also likely to address climate change, energy, and other issues that UCS works on more directly. Here’s a look on what he’s likely to say on these issues, as well as some things he should say about them, but may not.

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How to Misrepresent Global Warming in One Graph, for Dummies

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

Late Monday afternoon, the National Review tweeted out a marvelously boneheaded graph it breathlessly called “the only #climatechange chart you need to see.” Read more >

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