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

EPA Must Do More to Secure Chemical Facility Safety for Fenceline Communities

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

This week marks the close of the public comment period for a little-known yet important proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Program (RMP), aimed to improve the safety and security of over 12,000 facilities that use or store hazardous chemicals nationwide. Read more >

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Transatlantic Trade: What the Latest Leak Means for Science-Based Safeguards

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

On Monday, Greenpeace Netherlands released 248 pages of leaked documents from the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union. The documents reveal a lot of interesting information, and also seemed to confirm some of the concerns my UCS colleagues and many of our partners have had about this trade deal. Read more >

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Dear Tomorrow: An Open Letter to My Son on Climate Change and His Future

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Dear Thomas,

In the five months you’ve been on this Earth, I already love you more than I can describe in words. I want nothing but a perfectly happy life for you, a life with every opportunity possible. I’m working hard to make sure you have those opportunities. Read more >

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Still Disinforming: ExxonMobil’s Continued Culpability in Climate Denial

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Several recent headlines have revealed the long history of ExxonMobil’s denial of climate change, namely that the company knew about climate change and its global risks by the late 1970s and maybe even the 1960s. Indeed, it is truly remarkable that the company was at the cutting edge of climate research when the science was only in its infancy, and yet chose to wage a decades-long disinformation campaign rather than warn the public and its own investors of climate change risks. Read more >

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Sugar Cuts in Day Care Meals: A Public Health Victory

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) is one of the nutrition safety net programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service and state agencies, and serves over 4 million eligible children every day. The program reimburses day care centers for nutritious meals and snacks (largely following the Dietary Guidelines) for children from low-income households. However, the guidelines hadn’t been revised to reflect changes in nutrition science since 1968, lagging behind the national school lunch and breakfast programs which made sweeping positive changes back in 2010. Read more >

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