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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Facing Reality, Speaking Out, and Building Trust after St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

This morning, I awoke to news that eleven police officers were shot in Dallas at a protest that had been otherwise profoundly peaceful. President Obama called it a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement.” He’s right. Read more >

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The White House has proposed a rule asking companies that do business with the government about their climate change related disclosures. The rule is a good step toward greater transparency around companies' responses to climate change. Photo: FEMA/Patsy Lynch

Should Climate Change Disclosure Be Required for Companies? Government Suppliers Are About to Find Out.

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Lest we forget, climate change poses serious risks for businesses. It makes sense that the White House is increasingly interested in how well government suppliers are prepared for the impacts. Read more >

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Peabody Energy Discloses Extensive Payments to Climate Denial Groups

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Aside from the sheer amount of money Peabody devoted to climate denial, what shocks me most about the bankruptcy filings is how much we didn’t know without them. A startling lack of transparency surrounds corporate political activities, and these documents prove it. Read more >

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Five Big Reasons Why Speaker Ryan’s Plan is Not a “Better Way”

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Over the past few weeks, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has announced a set of policy proposals, packaged together as “A Better Way.” Prominent in Speaker Ryan’s proposal is a call for “modernizing regulatory programs.” In fact, it is the first section in the Table of Contents—which sounded quite promising until I realized that the second section is “A More Aggressive Role for Congress in the Regulatory Process.” My excitement abated quickly. Read more >

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The Seven Senators Who Fought for Gun Violence Research During the Filibuster

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Yesterday, something remarkable happened in the United States Senate. Senator Chris Murphy (CT) led a filibuster on gun violence for nearly 15 hours. His goal? Get a vote on two gun safety measures. And in the process, he helped shine a light on an incredibly misguided ban on federal gun violence research that has been in place for twenty years. Read more >

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