science-based decision making


Counting the Attacks on Science by the Trump Administration and Congress

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today the Union of Concerned Scientists launches a webpage to track attacks on science by the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress. The page will be consistently updated, and we’re planning to add a filter option to view the attacks by issue, agency, and type of attack (e.g. censorship, political interference, conflicts of interest, etc.). Read more >

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Thank a Government Scientist Today. Their Work—and Our Health and Safety—Is Under Attack.

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today President Trump signed an executive order mandating that for any new rule issued from an agency, two would have to be revoked. Such a proposal is absurd, illogical, and threatening to our public health and safety.

Last week, the Trump administration also issued a government-wide hiring freeze, instituted a far-reaching gag-order, and stopped the normal flow of grants and contracts issuance at federal agencies. All of these actions were major hindrances to government employees’ ability to do their jobs.

Actions like these affect us all. When it comes to science-based agencies and the scientists that work there, it is worth reminding ourselves of the crucial role they play in in our daily lives.

Here are six reasons you should thank a government scientist today: Read more >

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Photo: Ben Trussel/iStock

Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration to promote scientific integrity in federal decision-making. But we cannot forget the many steps that preceded it. Read more >

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Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC-BY-SA 2.0, Flickr

Mr. Pruitt, the EPA’s Job Is to Protect Our Health and Safety. Will You?

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

President-elect Trump’s nominee to serve as the head of the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is well known for his attacks on the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Power Plan. But the EPA has a much broader responsibility to protect the health and safety of Americans. Read more >

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Five Big Reasons Why Speaker Ryan’s Plan is Not a “Better Way”

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Over the past few weeks, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has announced a set of policy proposals, packaged together as “A Better Way.” Prominent in Speaker Ryan’s proposal is a call for “modernizing regulatory programs.” In fact, it is the first section in the Table of Contents—which sounded quite promising until I realized that the second section is “A More Aggressive Role for Congress in the Regulatory Process.” My excitement abated quickly. Read more >

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