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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How the Trump Administration and Congress Should Use Science to Govern

, director of science & policy

The election of Donald Trump raises many questions about the future role of science and evidence in policy making. Many of us are deeply troubled that some transition team members, senior administration officials and people nominated to head up federal agencies have a history of attacking scientists and misrepresenting science. Read more >

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The 21st Century Cures Bill: Transparency Win Isn’t Enough

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

In the midst of one of the most abnormal presidential transitions in history, Congress is spending its last few weeks of session to wrap up pending business. One of the final remaining priorities for House and Senate leaders is the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). Read more >

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500 Women Scientists Pledge for Democracy: Finding Hope in the Growing Numbers

Theresa Jedd, , UCS

Our story is one of hope, both for democracy and for science. It is a story of the catalyzing power of a few to bring together the many. It is a story of how, in a matter of days, we were able to find strength in numbers.

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The Absurd, Illegal Logic Behind Trump’s “Two for One” Regulation Proposal

, president

The President-elect recently described in a Youtube video what he intends to do on his very first day in office. Among other things, he will issue a new command to all federal agencies: “if you want to issue a new regulation, you must repeal two existing ones.” Read more >

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Your Profoundly Disturbing Yet Hopeful Thanksgiving Reading List on Science and Democracy

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The past two weeks have brought significant change and significant uncertainty about the future of science and democracy under a Trump administration. What will be their governing philosophy? Will they make good on candidate Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” and reduce the influence of corporate lobbyists in Washington? What lessons can we draw from history in the new political era? Read more >

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