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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Fighting Back Against Trump’s Illegal “Two for One Rule”

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In the aftermath of President Trump’s disgraceful decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, we are fighting back today against another presidential order that will do great damage. Read more >

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Is Researching Oceans Worth the Cost? Oregon’s Example Says Yes!

George Waldbusser, PhD, , UCS

As an active research scientist working on climate change impacts on organisms of economic importance, it is easy to feel discouraged and frustrated by the politicization of science. While it is easy to notice the attacks, it is perhaps harder to see the increasingly positive and strong public support for sustainable stewardship of our oceans. Read more >

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The sun sets on Paris, where international climate negotiations are set to take place.
Photo: Adrian Scottow

President Trump’s Epic Fail on Paris

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Ignoring the advice of other world leaders, the CEOs of hundreds of major corporations, Pope Francis, and many other important voices, President Trump took an action that jeopardizes the health and prosperity of every American, as well as people all over the world. Read more >

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“You Need to Move Beyond Surviving to Thriving”: A Conversation with Mustafa Ali

Before he resigned in March as assistant associate administrator for environmental justice at the Environmental Protection Agency, Mustafa Ali was not a household name. He received virtually no national press during his 24 years of holding the White House and 17 federal agencies accountable for embedding environmental justice into policy making. Under a 1994 executive order issued by President Clinton, every agency was supposed to identify and address “disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs on people of color and low-income communities. Read more >

Photo: Moms Clean Air Force/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (Flickr)
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A Shameful Act: President Trump’s Likely Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

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At a time when the threat posed by unchecked climate change has never been clearer, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would be painfully hard to comprehend. Read more >

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