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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Latest Science and Democracy Posts

Despite All the Evidence, Congress Wants to Weaken Public Protections

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

It seems that a week doesn’t go by when we are not reminded that our regulatory process leaves us exposed to hazards. It could be a fertilizer plant explosion, like the West, Texas disaster in 2013 that took 15 lives, injured 200, and caused millions of dollars of damage, an explosion later deemed by the federal Chemical Safety Board to have been preventable. Read more >

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“Excuse Me, Sir, Are There Chemicals in That?” Why TSCA Reform Needs to Improve Our Chemical Safety

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

As any air traffic controller will tell you, sometimes having more information can be a burden.  As a pregnant environmental engineer with pollutant exposure knowledge, I’ve never been more convinced of this.  Knowing that there are chemicals in the environment that could be harmful to my growing baby makes me hyper-aware of what I’m exposed to, for how long, and at what quantities. Read more >

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American Meteorological Society Slams House Science Committee Witch Hunt

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

The American Meteorological Society today issued a strongly-worded letter condemning House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith’s ongoing harassment of government climate scientists. The letter is in response to a demand made by Chairman Smith under new, unilateral subpoena powers for all correspondence, notes and other materials from the last seven years related to the work of certain NOAA climate scientists. Read more >

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The House Science Committee’s Witch Hunt Against NOAA Scientists

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

We have long been suspicious of the House Science Committee’s expanded subpoena power. The evidence now demonstrates that the committee is using this new authority not to conduct effective oversight but to harass those who produce robust scientific analysis it refuses to accept. Read more >

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House Science Committee Investigations—Remember Our History

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

This week marks the anniversary of a sad chapter in American history, the beginning of the US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities’ (HUAC) investigative hearings into communism in Hollywood in 1947. That reminder of history is important, because Congressional investigations are an important part of the checks and balances in our democracy. But that doesn’t mean every investigation is fair or warranted. Only a few weeks ago another House of Representatives Committee (Science, Space and Technology) announced that it was opening an investigation—this time concerning a scientist who had the temerity to express his views that fossil fuel companies should be held accountable for climate change. Read more >

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