attacks on science


Pruitt Rejects Advice from Independent Scientists Based on False Premises

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

This week Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to issued a new directive, following up on his speech at the Heritage Foundation, that bans scientists with EPA grants from serving on the agency’s science advisory committee (see coverage here ). I want to share my perspective as a scientist who has served on numerous boards and panels advising government. Read more >

Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA (Flickr)
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I Am a 30-Year Veteran Scientist from US EPA; I Can’t Afford to Be Discouraged

Rita Schoeny, , UCS

. . . And neither can you.

Since January, we have seen a continual assault on our environmental protections. EPA has put a political operative with no scientific experience in charge of vetting EPA grants, and the agency is reconsidering an Obama-era regulation on coal ash. The well-established legal processes for promulgating environmental regulations, and—very pointedly—the science underlying environmental regulation are being jettisoned by the Trump administration. As scientists, we must stand up for science and ensure that it is not tossed aside in public policy and decision-making. Read more >

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The Trump administration is using bogus science to justify restrictions on birth control access, building on a legacy of Presidential administrations' politicization of science around contraceptives. Photo: www.quotecatalog.com

The Trump Administration Fakes Science to Justify Restrictions on Birth Control Access

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

The Trump administration is using bogus science to justify restrictions on birth control access, building on a legacy of Presidential administrations’ politicization of science around contraceptives. Read more >

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The sage grouse's survival is entirely dependent on sagebrush. Photo: Jennifer Strickland, USFWS

Much to Grouse About: Interior Department Calls for Changes That Could Threaten Sage Grouse Protection

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

That the current administration places very little value on the merit of robust scientific evidence when considering its actions (or inactions) is no longer shocking, but it remains an intolerable practice. In this week’s episode of “How is the Trump Administration Dismantling Science-Based Protections?”, we visit the Interior Department’s decision to formally reconsider a widely heralded Obama-era agreement for protections of the greater sage grouse in the West.

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Jennifer Strickland, USFWS
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Photo: Gary Peeples/USFWS

Conferences and Condors: UCS Unveils a New Toolkit for Scientists Engaging on the Endangered Species Act

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

Hundreds of ecologists will flock to the west coast next week as the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting convenes in Portland, Oregon. I will be speaking there, armed with our newly released guide, Advancing Science in the Endangered Species Act: A Toolkit for Scientists.

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