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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The Budget Process Shouldn’t Be a Playground for Special Interests

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

It’s appropriations season in Congress. And that means special interests. Read more >

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Berkeley Breathed, and the Great Barrier Reef: What’s Worth Reading This Week

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

This has been quite the week. From the overwhelming to the fascinating to the touching, here’s what I’ve found worth reading: Read more >

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Finally, a Silica Rule: A Story of Industry Interference and Regulatory Delay

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

“The science is clear,” Representative Frederica Wilson asserted in a Congressional hearing on silica earlier today. Last month, the Department of Labor issued the long-awaited silica rule to protect workers from health effects of crystalline silica dust exposure. Read more >

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What Do Fetal Tissue and Climate Have in Common? Silencing of Science and Scientists

, senior analyst and program manager, Center for Science and Democracy

Taking a page from the House Science Committee chairman’s harassment of NOAA scientists, the majority staff of a special ‘House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives’ recently issued more than a dozen subpoenas to medical organizations to turn in, among other documents, all communication and documents relating to any study involving any fetal tissue (emphasis added). Read more >

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Still in the Dark on TTIP: Trade Agreement with the European Union Is a Black Box

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

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been concluded. Citizens now have access to the 30-chapter agreement that is several thousand pages long. The TPP has been opposed by four major presidential candidates, and faces criticism in Congress. Nevertheless, it is likely that the trade deal will get a vote sometime this year. Read more >

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