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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Organizing a Science Policy Workshop: What we learned in Bozeman, Montana

Dr. Emma Kate Loveday and Dr. Racheal Upton, , UCS

The Bozeman 500 Women Scientists pod held a science policy workshop in February 2018 for 30 female scientists from all career stages, undergraduate to professor and government-based scientists. Sound intimidating? Here’s how we got there.

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Trump Swamp Threatens Waters of the US

In December, the Trump EPA issued its intended replacement for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The proposed rollback ignores the value of wetlands, includes a highly dubious cost-benefit analysis, and uses hysteria to shut down science. Read more >

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Mercury Is Toxic. Andrew Wheeler’s Proposed Rollback Is Even Worse.

, executive director

At the end of December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to propose a new formula for calculating the human health benefits that come from reducing air pollution from power plants. It’s a calculated and cynical proposal that could roll back current safeguards and undermine future public health and environmental protections. Read more >

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The Government Shutdown Hurts Public Health and the Environment. Do You Have a Story to Tell?

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The devastating effects of the shutdown on public health, the environment, and science are getting much less attention than they deserve.  We need to elevate these stories, and we need help from those who work most closely with the federal government to do so. Read more >

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The EPA, Mercury, and Air Toxics, Oh My!

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The government may be in the midst of a nonsensical shutdown, but that didn’t stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week from proposing a new formula of calculating the human health benefits of reducing mercury emissions from power plants (or in their words proposing a “revised Supplemental Cost Finding”). Read more >

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