Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.

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Populismo y capitalismo salvaje en tiempos de coronavirus: ¡Que no nos lleve el chanfle!

, energy analyst

El coronavirus está haciendo su paso por el mundo y a la fecha los números son escalofriantes, con más de 480.000 personas contagiadas y mas de 22.000 vidas perdidas.

Aun más escalofriante es constatar cómo ciertos lideres del hemisferio americano pretenden darle prioridad a la generación de capital y la resonancia con su base política por encima de la protección de la vida de sus ciudadanos. Read more >

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New UCS Analysis: Coronavirus and Flooding Set to Collide in US

, senior climate scientist

Juan Declet-Barreto codeveloped this analysis.

Last week, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its seasonal forecast for the spring flooding season, I was jolted into a reality that some people in the US are already experiencing: extreme weather stops for no virus.  Just days after NOAA’s forecast came out, the flooding arrived:  floodwaters  from heavy rains in central and southern Ohio required the evacuation of dozens of people, leading one local sheriff to state “God knows how we will figure it out with COVID-19.” Read more >

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UCS to Host Virtual Public Hearing on EPA Science Rule

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPA is rushing through a proposal to transform how science is used in agency decisions and scientific assessments. The EPA is giving the public just 30 days to comment on the proposal and refuses to hold virtual public hearings. We are going to make sure that the EPA gets as much input as possible, whether they want it or not.

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Trump Administration Endangers the Lives of Health Care Workers

, Research Analyst

Our health care workers are nothing short of heroes. They are choosing to put themselves in harm’s way in order to help others during a pandemic. And yet right now the Trump administration is failing to provide them with the equipment they need to stay safe and healthy. This is unacceptable and unconscionable. The administration—and the nation—must do everything it can to ramp up production of critical protective equipment for health care workers NOW. Read more >

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What Part of “Public Health Expert” Doesn’t the Administration Understand?

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Many many people around the world are heeding the advice of scientists by limiting social contact, staying home and doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Of course there are news reports of those who seem oblivious or in denial of the risks, but by and large we know the seriousness of the crisis by paying attention to some great reporting and analysis, and by trusting that public health experts are doing exactly what they trained to do—advise the public about risks and how to reduce them. Read more >

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