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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Photos from the early 1970s showing the effects of industrial pollution in North Birmingham, AL (left) and Cleveland, OH (right). A big reason why our nation’s air quality has improved since then is the EPA’s ongoing work to implement the Clean Air Act. Photos: Leroy Woodson and Frank Aleksandrowicz, NARA

Trump Administration Attacks Public Health Protections with Proposed Cuts to EPA Budget

, lead economist and climate policy manager

News reports indicate that the Trump administration’s ‘skinny budget,’ to be announced tomorrow, will include draconian cuts to the EPA’s staff and budget. It’s pretty clear that despite President Trump’s claims that he will work “to promote clean air and clean water,” his administration is hostile to the very agency that helps safeguard these vital resources and protect our health.

Congress should reject outright these attempts to gut the EPA. Here’s why. Read more >

Photos by Leroy Woodson and Frank Aleksandrowicz, NARA
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UCS staff Standing Up for Science, Copley Square, Boston, February 2017

Stand Up for Science: 5 Ways Scientists Can Make Their Voices Heard

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

As the Trump Administration and the new Congress have gotten down to work, there is a lot of chaos and confusion. But there are a few clear themes. Read more >

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What’s the Skinny on President Trump’s Skinny Budget? All Bark, No Bite

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

It’s alarming to read headlines like: “EPA budget may be cut by 25% under Trump;” “DOE targeted for massive cuts in Trump draft budget;” “White House proposes steep cut to leading climate science agency;”and  “Trump wants 37% cut to State, USAID.” But if you find yourself getting swept up in the hysteria, just remember that the president doesn’t rule by fiat; he’s president, not emperor.

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Photo: Wikimedia
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Marchemos en defensa de nuestro clima, nuestro ambiente y nuestra salud

, Kendall Science Fellow

Ante los embates en contra de las protecciones a la salud, educación, empleo, derechos constitucionales y ambiente, la población de EEUU ha respondido con un reclamo multitudinario y amplio en claro rechazo a las posturas anti-científicas y de odio del Presidente Trump y su gabinete. La necesidad de reducir de manera inmediata y con herramientas científicas los causantes del cambio climático es uno de los reclamos que más resuenan entre amplios sectores de la población. El cambio climático afecta los empleos, la salud humana, el bolsillo y el bienestar de generaciones presentes y futuras en nuestro planeta. Read more >

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A sign from the Stand Up for Science rally in Boston, February 2017. Photo: Audrey Eyring/UCS

Dear Scott Pruitt: Stop Lying. We See What You Are Doing.

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Scott Pruitt is not a climate skeptic. He’s not a climate denier. He’s not unclear on the science, or if he is it’s out of willful ignorance. And in these times it seems especially important to call a lie a lie, and a liar a liar. Read more >

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