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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EPA Extends Comment Deadline, Schedules Hearing on Science Proposal After Pretty Much Everyone Complains

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The EPA today extended the comment deadline to August 16 on its proposal to restrict the types of science that can be used in EPA decisions after pretty much everyone—from the American Home Builders Association to the American Geophysical Union—complained that a thirty-day comment period was grossly insufficient for a rule with such potential wide-ranging consequences. The EPA also scheduled a public hearing to be held in Washington, DC on July 17. Read more >

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Between Two Terns: A Conversation on Endangered Species and Social Justice

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

Endangered Species Day was introduced as a resolution by Congress in 2006 to encourage “the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide.” This year, Endangered Species Day (May 18) began with a devastating school shooting. It really had me questioning how appropriate it would be to emphasize the importance of wildlife conservation while so many in the world and our nation seem to place little value on human lives. Read more >

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Testimony Reveals the Real Controversy over Census Data and Voting Rights

, Kendall Science Fellow

On Friday, May 18, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division repeatedly refused to answer questions about his role in the Justice Department’s December 2017 request to the Department of Commerce to add a new citizenship question to the Decennial Census. Read more >

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Did EPA Consult With The Chemical Industry While Working To Suppress A Scientific Study On PFAS?

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to EPA requesting more information about a meeting with an industry trade group, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), attended by Richard Yamada, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development. Read more >

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Now Is the Time To Halt the EPA’s Restrictions on Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

YOU can submit a comment into the public record that the EPA is obligated to consider. And now is the time! For this proposal, the comment period is only 30 days—and it’s over at the end of May. Read more >

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