Gretchen Goldman

Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

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Gretchen Goldman is a research director in the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. She holds a PhD and MS in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in atmospheric science from Cornell University. See Gretchen's full bio.

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The Scientific Integrity Act and the Importance of Storytelling in Science Communication

My job regularly requires explaining complex science and policy topics to the media, public, and decisionmakers. So I took over the Union of Concerned Scientists’ twitter account (#GretchenTakeover) to share my top tips for talking about science in decisionmaking, examples of effective science communication, and suggestions for how to advocate for the Scientific Integrity Act.  Here are the key takeaways. Read more >

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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at the EPA Science Advisory Board meeting on June 5, 2019 Photo: Gretchen Goldman

Wheeler’s Breathtaking Ignorance of Science, in One Comment

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler raised some eyebrows at yesterday’s EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting with one particularly misguided statement. Read more >

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Uncharted Territory: The EPA’s Science Advisors Just Called Out Administrator Wheeler

Yesterday the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) published a letter to Administrator Andrew Wheeler and acknowledged the group has inadequate expertise to conduct an essential review of the health impacts of particulate matter and ozone. We are now in uncharted territory and the EPA is in a tough position. Here are some key highlights from the letter and their implications. Read more >

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Three Things EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Doesn’t Understand About Ambient Air Pollution Standards

Last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler talked to Congress. Members had questions about his recent changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards updates for particulate matter and ozone. Wheeler’s comments last week and earlier make clear that he either doesn’t understand or isn’t being honest about how the EPA is proceeding as it sets health-protective air pollution standards. Here’s the reality around three points that Administrator Wheeler isn’t clear on.

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Five Takeaways from the EPA Meeting on Particulate Pollution

Yesterday, the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) had a teleconference to discuss their recommendations to the administration on the agency’s assessment of the science on particulate matter (PM) and health. The meeting continued the ongoing push and pull between the EPA, its science advisors, and the committee chair Dr. Tony Cox.

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