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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Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Devastated Electricity System

, Kendall Science Fellow

Why has Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure been rendered so vulnerable in the recent weeks? Read more >

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Science Triumphs Over Disinformation in Initial Flame Retardant Victory

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In a stunning victory for consumer safety and a powerful display of the ability of independent science to spur policy change, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted this week to ban a class of additive, polymeric organhalogen flame retardants (OFRs) that are present in many consumer products. Last week, I was one of many individuals who testified before the CPSC urging the body to grant a petition to ban the class of organohalogen flame retardants from four classes of consumer products: mattresses, children’s products, furniture, and electronic casings.

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Puffins were nearly extinct in Maine in the early 1900s, hunted for their eggs and meat. Their re-introduction to Eastern Egg Rock in Maine in the 1970s became the world's first successful restoration of a seabird to an island where humans killed it off. Photo: Derrick Jackson

Puffins, Politics, and Joyful Doggedness in Maine

Project Puffin has nursed puffin numbers in Maine back to 1,300 pairs on three islands. Join five researchers on a remote island as they count chicks and reflect on their work amidst the current political environment. Read more >

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Bringing Down the House: A Hostile Takeover of Science-Based Policymaking by Trump Appointees

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to critical applied science programs. In other words, the decisions these appointees make will affect everyone in the country. Read more >

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Takes On Flame Retardants

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In 2015, Earthjustice and Consumer Federation of America, on behalf of a broad coalition of health, consumer, science and firefighter organizations, petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban a class of flame retardants, additive organohalogen flame retardants, from children’s products, furniture, mattresses, and electronic casings as hazardous substances. Read more >

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