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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How Science Watchdogs Can Protect the Gray Wolf

Dr. Carlos Carroll, , UCS

Sadly, we have grown accustomed to seeing political candidates denying the reality of established scientific facts, such as those that underpin our understanding of evolution and climate change. Science denial is even more disturbing, however, when it emerges from federal agencies such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that are meant to uphold scientific integrity. But scientists can play an important role in watchdogging government actions. My new peer-reviewed study sheds light on how far we’ve strayed from what the science says we should do in protecting the wolf, and how the FWS can return to a science-based path to recovery. Read more >

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Here’s What Congress Should Ask When Industry Tries to Spread PFAS Disinformation Today

, Lead science and policy analyst

At a hearing tomorrow in the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the primary makers and users of PFOA and PFOS, 3M, DuPont, and Chemours, will be testifying about their roles in the PFAS contamination fiasco. This follows a July hearing featuring the voices of community members and state agencies who have been impacted by the failure of these companies to control releases of these substances for decades. Read more >

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NOAA Officials Threatened with Firing After Dorian Trump Tweet Fiasco

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Senior NOAA political staff objected to orders to “fix” weather forecasts to conform with the president’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama, the New York Times reports. Then Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire them.

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Scientists Ordered to Keep Quiet During Hurricane Dorian to Help President Save Face

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

NOAA leadership prioritized the president’s precious feelings and fragile ego over the health and welfare of the people who were in Dorian’s path. Read more >

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NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today is a dark day: dedicated public servants were thrown under the bus by NOAA leaders. Read more >

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