Ten Democratic presidential candidates will be onstage tonight for their fifth debate, a little more than two months before the first primary votes are cast. One of the sponsors, The Washington Post, has provided details on six key issue areas and candidate positions that may be addressed during the debate, including “government” and “climate change.” Unfortunately there is little indication that there will be any questions about how “government” affects “climate change” and how strengthening democracy will enable us to find better solutions to climate change. That’s a conversation that can expand public interest in and understanding of the link between our democratic institutions and our ability to solve big problems.
Latest Scientific Integrity Posts
November 20, 2019 11:20 AM EDT
November 12, 2019 9:54 AM EDT
In a new analysis being released a year out from the 2020 election, the Center for Science and Democracy is recognizing and responding to the erosion of our democratic institutions. Our Unhealthy Democracy: How Voting Restrictions Harm Public Health—and What We Can Do about It, explores the link between electoral representation and constituent health outcomes and finds that disenfranchisement is associated with poor health outcomes. Read more >
November 11, 2019 6:45 PM EDT
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doubling down on a proposal that would effectively force the agency to ignore thousands of scientific studies when responding to public health threats and setting pollution standards. It could also compromise scientific assessments produced by the EPA on a wide variety of topics, including on chemicals like ethylene oxide. The EPA can’t develop adequate public health protections without fully considering all the scientific evidence. Read more >
October 30, 2019 9:02 AM EDT
En Estados Unidos, las personas de color y/o de bajo ingreso frecuentemente viven más expuestas que otras comunidades a la contaminación del aire que respiran y del agua que toman. En años recientes, los grupos de justicia ambiental y las organizaciones de base comunitaria han luchado arduamente para lograr la creación de programas y política pública federal para proteger su salud, seguridad, y calidad de vida de los efectos de la contaminación.