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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Real Scrutiny of Science and Scientists Goes Well Beyond FOIA

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

In today’s Boston Globe, reporter David Abel profiles our work to push back on those who harass scientists through open records laws. The Globe article helps prove the point that the Freedom of Information Act is inadequate to root out corruption within science while also protecting scientists from harassment. Read more >

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House Science Chairman Continues to Chart His Own Lonely Path on Climate Change

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

In a hearing today House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith questioned NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan on the agency’s climate change research. He made three claims that deserve additional scrutiny: that satellite data is “the most objective”; that a recent climate study was “prematurely published”; and that a recent Nature analysis proves that NOAA’s study was wrong. Read more >

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At Flint Hearings, “A Breathtaking Lack of Remorse”

In a rare bipartisan torrent of outrage, the former mayor of Flint, Michigan, the former special state-appointed emergency manager for the city, and the former regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency were eviscerated Tuesday at a House hearing for their alleged lack of action to protect children and residents in the infamous lead-water crisis. How did the task of providing clean water go so wrong? Read more >

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As NOAA Head Testifies in Congress, 90,000 Ask Science Committee Chairman to Stop Playing Politics With Science

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

Tomorrow, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan will testify before the House Science Committee. It is possible that Rep. Lamar Smith, the committee’s chairman, will take the opportunity to ask her about his outstanding subpoena for correspondence among scientists who study climate change. Yesterday, UCS sent two letters—one from 1,595 scientists and one from 91,596 citizens—asking the chairman to rescind the subpoena. Read more >

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What’s Been Going On with the EPA’s Fracking Report?

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

During Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, Sarah Bellaire, a student at the University of Michigan at Dearborn, asked the candidates if they support fracking. Read more >

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