Genna Reed

Lead science and policy analyst

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Genna Reed is a lead science and policy analyst in the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she researches political and corporate influences on science-informed decision making—working to inform the public about issues where science is stifled or obscured, and to ensure that federal, state, and local policies are based on rigorous, independent science. See Genna's full bio.

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5 (Recent) Actions That Epitomize Andrew Wheeler’s Caustic Chemical Safety Legacy

The Trump administration’s legacy is truly toxic, in the literal sense of the word. Read more >

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We Just Witnessed the Dangers of the Autocratic Disinformation Playbook

Even with all the warning signs that something like this could happen, there was nothing that could have mentally prepared us to watch a mob storm the halls of the US Capitol building this week, disrupting a process that is a constitutional function and threatening the safety of hundreds of elected officials and staff.

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New Year, New EPA: How the Biden Administration Can Catalyze PFAS Action in 2021

The Biden Administration has promised to tackle PFAS pollution. Here are some of the things they can do to fulfill that promise. Read more >

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Appointing Qualified Government Officials Isn’t Rocket Science: Here’s How To Do It

President Trump is intent on leaving the federal government in a difficult position, strapped for resources and capacity at a time when there is critical work to do to respond to a range of threats, from COVID-19 to climate change. There are many things the Biden administration can do early in 2021 to help remedy the damage done, but in particular, the appointment of independent, qualified, experienced leaders of federal agencies can speed up the necessary renaissance. Read more >

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As the Trump Administration’s Tiny Windows Close, Giant Doors Open for Science Advice

In his first week as president-elect, Joe Biden instituted an advisory board of experts to provide science-based recommendations to respond to COVID-19. This could be a signal that independent science advice under a Biden administration is valued. After four years of watching the norms of science advisory structures eroded and undermined, especially at the EPA, it is hard to visualize the possibilities of a government informed by experts. Read more >

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