Jacob Carter

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Jacob Carter is a research scientist for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In this role, Dr. Carter investigates how science is used in the policy-making process, focusing on issues of scientific integrity across the federal government. See Jacob's full bio.

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The Damage to Science that President-Elect Biden Can Undo with a Stroke of a Pen

The last four years were not great for science-based decisionmaking, but President-elect Biden can undo a good amount of damage by rolling back President Trump’s executive orders that sidelined science. Read more >

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Gray Wolf Will Lose Endangered Species Protections Contrary to Scientific Evidence

The proposed delisting of the gray wolf sits with the Office of Management Budget and is expected to be released soon. This delisting is an unfortunate and politically driven decision as the best available science provides evidence that the gray wolf’s population is not fully restored throughout its historic range. Read more >

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A 2021 Vision for a Stronger Office of Science and Technology Policy


Today, we continue our release of recommendations on how the federal government can strengthen science-based decisionmaking and scientific integrity across federal agencies in 2021 and beyond. One of the fact sheets released today focuses on recommendations for the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Read more >

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Thank Science for Vaccines – Not Funders, Industries, or Politicians

Science deserves all credit for the development of vaccines that will slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. While acknowledgement should certainly be given to those who have provided resources for the research, ultimately these individuals or organizations could not develop a vaccine without science. And those that have decided to selectively embrace science behind the development of a vaccine, while sidelining the science on nearly all other issues for political reasons, certainly do not deserve credit. Read more >

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Superfund Sites in Path of Hurricane Laura Could Leach Toxic Contaminants

Hurricane Laura is now predicted to make landfall as a catastrophic Category 4 sometime between Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The expected extreme storm surge also may affect the containment and continued remediation of multiple Superfund sites in these areas, many of which hold chemicals hazardous to human health. This will present a health risks to individuals who choose not to evacuate immediately, and risks to those who return after the storm has passed. Read more >

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