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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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Without Clear Information from Leaders, We Face the COVID-19 Pandemic Alone

Last week, I biked from my family’s rural house to nearby Sister Bay, a picturesque town in eastern Wisconsin. Laughter spilled out from the windows of restaurants. Couples wandered in and out of stores. At the lake nearby, kids wrestled on the docks, and people crowded into public restrooms to change into swimsuits.

Some had masks. Most did not.

In another time, this would be an idyllic place. But today, it is an eerie reminder of the unreality in which so many people in the US exist. Read more >

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Four in 10 People Remain Uncounted… But the Administration Just Tightened the Census Deadline

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The country can’t afford to have the single most important scientific instrument at its disposal contaminated for political purposes. Read more >

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A Call to Action on the Voting Rights Act

, Kendall Science Fellow

The times call for a Third Reconstruction. Read more >

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150 Attacks on Science and Counting: Trump Administration’s Anti-Science Actions Hurt People and Communities Nationwide

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Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these attacks on science since day one and our tracker has now hit a new, grim milestone – the Trump administration has so far engaged in more than 150 attacks on science, far exceeding the attacks recorded during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. Read more >

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COVID-19 Election Update: Will the Senate be Complicit in Electoral Disaster?

, Kendall Science Fellow

We will eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but our democracy may never recover from a major electoral disaster. Read more >

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