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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Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day

Science to fight COVID-19 is returning to the White House, but with only moral authority at Biden’s command for now, it is on the nation to unify around the science at hand to control the virus. It starts by treating the simple object of a mask as our momentary American flag. To fight this virus we must be indivisible, where individual liberties must concede to the health of all. If we do not, Inauguration Day will be far grimmer than it should be. Read more >

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Herding People to Slaughter: The Dangerous Fringe Theory behind the Great Barrington Declaration and Push toward Herd Immunity

Officials at the highest levels are discussing the possibility of caving in on controlling the coronavirus and instead letting it run rampant throughout the United States until we reach “herd immunity,” the point where the virus runs out of people to infect. More than 6,200 scientists, health professionals, and research organizations say this is inhumane and have signed a memorandum rejecting herd immunity as a legitimate strategy. Read more >

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As the Virus Rampages through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price

Beyond the headlines about the First Family and the host of White House officials, senators, and military officials now testing positive for COVID-19, we should not forget that essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic continue to pay the biggest price for a national response to the crisis that verges on fratricidal. Read more >

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Why Environmental Justice Needs to Be on the Docket in the Presidential Debates

Climate change and environmental justice were nowhere to be seen when the lineup of topics for the upcoming presidential debate was released earlier this week. If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and climate response, you need to start with environmental injustice to Black and brown families. Read more >

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The Evidence is Clear: The US Public Wants Science-Based Policies for COVID-19

You would think that after 190,000 COVID-19 deaths, the Trump administration might finally develop a national strategy to control spread of the coronavirus. No. Instead it foists on us a new member of the coronavirus task force with no expertise in infectious disease or epidemiology. Read more >

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