Scientific Integrity

Scientists shouldn’t have to face pressure or harassment from political figures or institutions—but too often they do. Our experts expose attacks on science across the country.


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The Department of Energy Just Created a Powerful Tool to Protect its Scientists

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

It’s harder to create good science, and to follow the evidence where it leads, when your work can be easily corrupted by political meddling. The Department of Energy has significantly expanded protections for its scientific workforce, the majority of which work in America’s great national laboratories, by finalizing a significantly improved scientific integrity policy. Read more >

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Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury, “Galileo before the Holy Office” (1847)
Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury, “Galileo before the Holy Office” (1847)

The Inquisition Congress, Abetted by Trump, Has Begun

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The increasingly reckless House of Representatives, caught up in a public mutiny, may have walked back its abandonment of congressional ethics. But it simultaneously took several other steps that will enable corruption and greatly expand political influence over the work of experts at NASA, NOAA, EPA, and other science agencies, compromising their ability to serve the public interest. Read more >

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Science and the Politics of Fracking—and What’s Ahead

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Yesterday, (and then again this morning) Marketplace reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) downplayed scientists’ concerns about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water in a draft assessment published in June 2015. Read more >

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On Trump and Science: Preparing for the Unknown

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

I’m a little anxious. And I imagine you are too. Among other things, I’m worried about how President-elect Trump will treat science. We don’t know yet, for example, what he might do at science-based federal agencies. Will he cut public science funding? Will his administration interfere with science-based rulemaking? There have been some concerning developments on these fronts.

But we shouldn’t feel afraid of this uncertainty. If Trump does choose to misuse science, this time the scientific community is ready. Read more >

Photo: The White House
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An intern doing scientific research in a US Navy laboratory.
Ebony Stadler, an intern doing scientific research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., in June 2015. Photo: John F. Williams, US Navy/CC BY 2.0, Flickr

An Open Letter to Federal Scientists in the Age of Trump

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to tell you that I have great respect for scientists working for our federal (and state, local and tribal) government, and I believe we need you now more than ever before. I am not alone in this conviction. I have many colleagues who feel the same, in academia, and in public interest advocacy organizations. We all depend on you to do our own work. Read more >

Photo: John F. Williams, US Navy/CC BY 2.0, Flickr
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