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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President Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants Impoverish Science and Weaken America

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The severe and racist changes to immigration imposed on the United States by President Trump should be denounced and resisted by all who care about science and democracy.

Science thrives on diversity. Immigration is the foundation of America’s unparalleled scientific leadership. It also enriches our lives across the board, from culture and the arts to entrepreneurship to reducing the federal deficit. Read more >

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Defending Science Is Not Only for Scientists—It’s for All Who Care About Clean Air, Water, and Soil

, Kendall Science Fellow

The Union of Concerned Scientists is committed to watchdogging the Trump administration’s attacks on science and the safeguards that keep our water, soil, and air clean.  Since the inauguration of President Trump, we have seen how the administration has fired all cannons on deck to gut protections from the ravaging effects of climate change as well as from air, soil, and water contaminants. For example, a few minutes after the inauguration, all mentions of climate change from the White House’s website were taken down (but were archived here). This week, the Environmental Protection Agency has been effectively gagged and immobilized under orders to suspend all social media contacts, and freeze grants and not talk about it. Read more >

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Five Takeaways From Scott Pruitt’s Nomination Hearing That Should Worry Scientists

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yesterday’s hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General (AG) Scott Pruitt to serve as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) generated controversy, media attention and perhaps some new information. Read more >

Photo: C-SPAN screenshot
Photo: C-SPAN screenshot
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What to Expect—and Ways to Respond—as the Trump Administration Assumes Power

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

On Friday, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. We are entering a time of significant uncertainty; it will be many weeks before the administration is fully staffed with lower-level political appointees. But there are several conclusions we can draw from the events of the past two months, and a number of actions to watch out for. Read more >

Photo: Tim Brown, IIP Photo Archive/CC-BY-NC 2.0, Flickr
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USDA Nominee Perdue’s Connection to Coca-Cola is Deeper Than Georgia Roots

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Agriculture secretary is the last Cabinet post to be filled by the Trump transition team. The delayed nomination of this position says a lot about the administration’s interest in the agency, which is incredibly important considering that the USDA is responsible for the production, distribution, and safety of the food we eat. Read more >

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