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Is the labor dependence of solar power a bad thing?

Solar Jobs, Coal Jobs, and the Value of Jobs in General

, Kendall Science Fellow

Science isn’t done by guesswork or gut instinct. It requires expertise not only to conduct but to evaluate; in-depth research in a field outside of my own is often beyond my ability to critique. I don’t have the knowledge to review a paper on molecular biology, although I might notice a really blindingly obvious flaw. Read more >

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What Does Scott Gottlieb’s Leadership Mean for Scientific Integrity at the FDA?

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Later this afternoon the Senate will vote to confirm Scott Gottlieb as the next U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. What does this mean for scientists and science-based policymaking at the FDA? His conflicts of interest are certainly an indication that the pharmaceutical industry will benefit more from his tenure than Americans’ health. Read more >

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How Oats Could Save Iowa’s Farmers (and Fight Pollution)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

That bowl of oatmeal pictured above was my breakfast this morning. The strawberries were from nearby Virginia (hello, spring!) but the oats may have come from as far away as Sweden, Finland, or Canada. In the future, my morning oats could be grown much closer to home, in a state like Iowa that is now dominated by corn and soybeans. A new UCS report shows why that would be a good thing for US farmers and our environment.

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Advisory Committee Shakeup Targets Independent Science and Scientists

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

There is a full-on assault afoot to strip away the independence of science advisory committees at several government agencies. Read more >

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Kids, Scientific Integrity, and What We Can Learn From the Local Science Fair

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

My kids’ school recently had its annual science fair, and what a thing of beauty it was. From catapults to solar stills to randomized trials about yawning, the projects of those elementary and middle school kids remind us what science is all about: Hypothesis, methodology, data, and conclusions. (And maybe the occasional blue marble.)

If only all of our elected leaders got that. Read more >

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