Derrick Z. Jackson

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Derrick Z. Jackson is a UCS Fellow in climate and energy and the Center for Science and Democracy. His UCS blog won a 2018 first prize from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He is co-author and photographer of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock (Yale University Press, 2015). See Derrick's full bio.

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How the Government Shutdown Shredded Indian Health Services

The end of the partial government shutdown last month could not have come soon enough for Native Americans. For them, shutdown equaled full insult. Read more >

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Trump Swamp Threatens Waters of the US

In December, the Trump EPA issued its intended replacement for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The proposed rollback ignores the value of wetlands, includes a highly dubious cost-benefit analysis, and uses hysteria to shut down science. Read more >

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Record-Smashing Auction Sets America on Course for Offshore Wind

There can be no more doubt on the promise of American offshore wind energy after Friday’s record-smashing federal auction of 390,000 acres of water far south of Martha’s Vineyard. A forlorn area that attracted no bids in 2015 from investors frustrated over the collapse of Cape Wind is now the Cinderella of energy, going in three parcels for a combined $405.1 million.

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Gutting Protections in a Marine Sanctuary: Trump and Zinke Take Aim at Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument

The monument includes canyons as deep as the Grand Canyon and undersea mountains that rise 7,000 feet from the seafloor. Now it’s under attack by the Trump administration, which is seeking to weaken protections for the sanctuary’s wildlife. Read more >

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A team of scientists gathers data for a NIFA research project. Photo: USDA/CC BY 2.0 (Flickr)

A Stealth Move to Undermine Science at the US Department of Agriculture

In its latest scheme to undermine science, the Trump administration is brazenly trying to—pun intended—farm out to the hinterlands the most important research arms of the Department of Agriculture. Read more >

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