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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A Timeline of Recent Attacks on the EPA’s Science-based Ambient Air Pollution Standards

Trump administration officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency have made several moves that undermine the longstanding process that the agency uses to ensure that independent science informs ambient air pollution standards.

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NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement

Today is a dark day: dedicated public servants were thrown under the bus by NOAA leaders. Read more >

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EPA Administrator Wheeler Worsens Particulate Pollution Review Process

In April, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected the recommendations of his hand-picked science advisors on the particulate matter and ozone standard updates. Now, we again see him choose to meet a political deadline at the expense of a scientifically sound process. The bottom line is that Administrator Wheeler has made a small, inadequate, and unprecedented addition to what is still a very broken process of updating our National Ambient Air Quality Standard for particulate matter. Read more >

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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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