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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Bipartisan Outrage as EPA, White House Try to Cover Up Chemical Health Assessment

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Citing a potential “public relations nightmare,” the Trump administration successfully stopped the publication of a study measuring the health effects of a group of hazardous chemicals found in drinking water and household products throughout the United States. Many of the contaminated sites are on military bases across the country and affect military families directly. Multiple Republicans and Democrats have expressed concern about the censorship and have called for the report to be released, and Trump administration officials are scrambling to contain the political fallout.  Read more >

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Among President Trump’s Dismal Judicial Nominees, Wendy Vitter Stands Out for Promoting Unscientific Myths

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Wendy Vitter has been nominated by President Trump for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court in Louisiana, and is expected to receive a vote in a Senate committee tomorrow. Vitter has a track record of promoting anti-science myths which call into question her capacity to impartially evaluate evidence and expert testimony as a future judge. Senators should think long and hard if they want someone with this kind of judgement on the bench. Read more >

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Back to Bad Air: The Trump EPA’s Attack on Science and Our Health

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

When he was first appointed, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt vowed to bring the agency “back to basics” by focusing on clean air and water. One could be forgiven for assuming this meant he intended to preserve and strengthen America’s air pollution protections. That’s why it’s so jarring to see how severely his actions have undermined them. Read more >

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La EPA elimina una protección vital para mantener el aire libre de sustancias tóxicas, poniendo nuestra salud en peligro

, Climate Scientist

La EPA ha eliminado regulaciones que nos protegen de 187 sustancias tóxicas, y que han evitado cada año desde 1990 la emisión de 1.5 millones de toneladas de contaminantes atmosféricos tóxicos. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt’s Incredible, Perpetual, Public Time-Wasting Machine

, Energy analyst

How low can this man go… Read more >

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