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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Latest Science and Democracy Posts

Global COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity: A Shameful Crisis within a Crisis

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

A terrible and unjust crisis looms large, risking millions of people’s lives and threatening our collective ability to overcome this global pandemic. We—the US and other richer nations of the world—can and must do a lot better, and urgently. So many lives are at stake—each one precious, each one loved. Let’s not look the other way. Read more >

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A National Academy of Sciences Conversation on Rebuilding Federal Science Workforce

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Last month, I had the honor of participating in the National Academy of Sciences’ 158th Annual Meeting in a session led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), entitled “Rebuilding the Federal Science Workforce.” The session focused on key priority of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ advocacy to the Biden White House: Building federal science capacity. Read more >

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Biden Has Reversed Trump’s War on Science in His First 100 Days

, Research scientist

In its first 100 days the Biden administration has already made great strides in building back and strengthening science, but much work still lies ahead. Read more >

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Federal Government Should Embrace More Diverse and Inclusive Science Advice

, Senior Analyst

This week, UCS led a group of 16 scientific, professional, and academic organizations, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Ciencia Puerto Rico, 500 Women Scientists, and the American Association of University Professors, that sent a letter to 24 federal science agencies and departments in support of diversifying the science advisory committees that support policy decisions across the government. Read more >

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100 Days into Biden’s Presidency, Science Is Bouncing Back

One year ago today, the nation was enduring hell.

63,000 people in the US were dead from COVID-19. 20 million people had lost jobs. Political officials—desperate to hide the severity of the pandemic and their failures to contain it—had muzzled experts. Federal science, which had been vulnerable to political assault for decades, lost even more ground. Read more >

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