Conflict of Interest


Conflicts of Interest Matter—Congress Needs to Stop This

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

With the election of Donald Trump, our government has apparently changed the way in which financial conflicts of interest are addressed by political appointees to his administration. The President himself has, of course, been unwilling to sever ties to his businesses even as his actions in office impact their financial performance. That has raised constitutional issues for some critics and is the subject of ongoing litigation. Read more >

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Bringing Down the House: A Hostile Takeover of Science-Based Policymaking by Trump Appointees

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to critical applied science programs. In other words, the decisions these appointees make will affect everyone in the country. Read more >

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American Chemistry Council: Obstructing Formaldehyde Safeguards Then and Now

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The chemical industry has once again staved off federal action that would protect public health, as the EPA announced last week that it would be delaying compliance dates for the long-awaited formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products—standards that were finalized in December 2016. This is the latest move brought to you by an industry with a long history of attacking science and an administration willing to do its bidding. Read more >

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Monsanto’s Four Tactics for Undermining Glyphosate Science Review

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Emails unsealed in a California lawsuit last week reveal that agribusiness giant Monsanto engaged in activities aimed at undermining efforts to evaluate a potential link between glyphosate—the active ingredient of the company’s popular herbicide Roundup—and cancer. The documents reveal the company’s plans to seed the scientific literature with a ghostwritten study, and its efforts to delay and prevent US government assessments of the product’s safety. Read more >

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The EPA Withdraws Claim that Fracking has no “Widespread Systemic Impacts” on Drinking Water

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

The EPA removed language claiming that hydraulic fracturing has no “widespread systemic impacts” on drinking water from its final report on the subject. The move follows criticism from its Science Advisory Board and revelations by Marketplace that the report’s executive summary and press release may have been edited by non-scientists. Read more >

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