Latest Scientific Integrity Posts

The Public Interest Lies in Promoting Transparency AND Protecting Scientists from Harassment

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

On Sunday, the New York Times published an op-ed from Paul Thacker, a former Senate staffer who is critical of UCS’s efforts to protect scientists from harassment. Unfortunately, he misrepresents our work, as he did previously in a PLOS Biology op-ed that was ultimately retracted (to our surprise, while we were corresponding with an editor about corrections to the piece). Read more >

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Support for Anti-Science Group Withers: American Electric Power Leaves ALEC

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Another major company has decided that its values and those of the American Legislative Exchange Council no longer match up. Leaving ALEC is the right step for American Electric Power, one the U.S.’s largest electric utilities, an owner of lots of coal plants, and one of the top carbon-emitting utilities. There are signs that more progress is coming, and you can bet we’ll be watching closely to make sure that happens. Read more >

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Taking a Stand for Science: Documents Show FWS Scientists Disagreed with Wolverine Decision

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

What do sage grouse, wolves, and burying beetles have to do with politics? A lot when we look at how decisions to protect or not protect these species have gotten tied into political debates. Instead of discussions focused on whether populations of these species are threatened, we’ve instead had conversations about the intersection of sage grouse territory with fracking sites, how wolf conservation impacts interstate commerce, and whether burying beetle habitat overlapped with Keystone XL pipeline plans. Now scientists are stepping up to bring the conversation back to science. Read more >

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Rep. Lamar Smith Versus Science: The Department of Commerce and NOAA Respond

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continue to resist attempts by House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to discredit a scientific study of global surface temperature published by NOAA scientists last June. As a former NOAA scientist and administrator, I have never been so proud of the agency for standing up for its scientists and scientific integrity. Read more >

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NOAA Pushes Back on Chairman Smith’s Claims on Climate Science Paper

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

On Monday, I wrote a blog post of FAQs on House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith’s subpoena to NOAA scientists over publication of a new climate science paper. Now NOAA speaks out against Rep. Smith’s claims.  Read more >

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