political interference in science


April 2017 Was the Second Hottest April on Record: We Need NOAA More Than Ever

, climate scientist

We are still seeing warming that is basically unprecedented. Read more >

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Gas wells sprinkled across the (in)famous Jonah Field, one of the richest natural gas deposits in North America. Since the early 1990s, fracking has allowed drillers to tap into otherwise inaccessible deposits, and this sagebrush-covered steppe in west-central Wyoming is expected to support more than 3,000 wells before it is played out (painting by Travis Ivey).

Behind the Carbon Curtain: How the Energy Corporatocracy Censors Science

Jeffrey Lockwood, , UCS

In my forthcoming book, Behind the Carbon Curtain, The Energy Industry, Political Censorship and Free Speech (University of New Mexico Press), I tell the stories of scientists, artists and teachers who have been silenced by the collusion of energy corporations and public officials. My purpose is to provide witness, to record events, to give voice—and in so doing to shift the balance of power ever so slightly to bring us closer to a tipping point of outrage and change. Read more >

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One Way You Can Help Fight Against Political Interference in Science: Tell Us About It

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Since Election Day and into the first weeks of the Trump presidency, we’ve heard a lot about “alternative facts” and clampdowns on the ability of scientists to present scientific evidence or speak to the press. Congress last week signaled its intent to neutralize the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal departments by cutting science out of the way they make policy. But together, we can raise the political price of manipulating science or censoring scientists by exposing these actions and publicly communicating their consequences for public health and the environment. Sometimes, this requires people within government or who are funded by government to speak up and share challenges that they experience or perceive. Read more >

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NOAA and NASA Confirm: 2016 Is Warmest Year on Record.

, climate scientist

NASA and NOAA held a press conference today, where they confirmed what had been anticipated for a few months now: 2016 broke all records, and is officially the warmest year. Read more >

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The Congressional Review Act: A Radical Threat To Science

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Thanks to your support, UCS has had a lot of crucial victories to improve public health and protect the environment over the last few months. But because of an obscure, radical, and rarely used congressional trick called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), all of this is at risk. Read more >

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