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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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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Christopher Michel

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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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (left) and Governor Brian Kemp (right)

When COVID-19 Science Comes Home to Roost

A delusional president, a host of sycophant governors, and a handful of greedy business leaders have, in essence, declared that we should trust them more than we do doctors, more than epidemiologists, more than public health experts, more than even common sense. Their arrogance, incompetence, and racism has literally choked many in this country—of all colors—to death, and shown us how, when you assassinate science, a massacre needs no bullets, bombs, or gas. Read more >

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who banned local jurisdictions in Texas from mandating face coverings in April, reversed himself last week amid the latest spike in COVID-19 infections to issue a statewide mask order. World Travel & Tourism Council/Wikimedia Commons

Blaming the COVID-19 Messengers: Public Health Officials Under Siege

The vilification of public health officials in the COVID-19 crisis reminds us of their vital role as the crossing guards of science. When their vigilance gives us the green light to eat, drink, and recreate, we hardly notice them waving us onto normal activities, barely knowing their names.

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A Second Wave of COVID-19 Looms Large—and It’s Not Because of Protests

The potential health impacts of protests pales in comparison to the rioting of the virus and the looting of lives incited by the incompetence of the Trump administration and state decisions to prioritize reopening for business over public health. Read more >

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