Scientific Integrity

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Groups Urge Support of Scientific Integrity Act as Congressional Hearing Looms

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

On the eve of a congressional hearing about preventing attacks on science, more than 60 organizations sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to co-sponsor and advance the Scientific Integrity Act. I’ve written previously about how the legislation would empower federal agency scientists to speak publicly about their work and protect federal science in policy decisions from inappropriate political influence and interference. What’s exciting to me isn’t the number of groups, but the diversity of interests that they represent.  Read more >

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What to Expect from Today’s EPA Scientific Integrity Stakeholder Meeting

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Later today, a few dozen advocates will head to the Environmental Protection Agency for a stakeholder meeting on protections for scientific research at the agency in the context of its annual scientific integrity report and scientific integrity policy. The meeting is an opportunity for organizations to ask questions about the report, to give feedback to the agency, and to identify new or emerging challenges to scientific integrity at EPA. Here’s how I expect it to go down.  Read more >

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5 Ways the Trump Administration Will Eviscerate Science and Undermine Climate Action in New “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule

, Senior Energy analyst

This week, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize carbon pollution standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants. Here are five attacks on science we’ll be on the lookout for as the administration attempts to subvert facts and evidence and arrive at a stunning reprieve for polluters. Read more >

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One Thing You Can Do to Stand Up for Science This Week

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Scientific Integrity Act would give federal government scientists the right to share their research publicly and protect science in policy decisions from political manipulation—and you can help advance its progress. Today kicks off the National Call Out to Protect Scientific Integrity—and UCS is making it easier than ever for you to stand up for science and help restore science to its rightful place in public health and environmental decision-making. Read more >

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Three Times EPA Administrator Wheeler Failed His Science Advisors This Week

, Lead science and policy analyst

I told E&E News before this week’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting that my concern was that Administrator Wheeler was using the board “as a box he needs to check off” on his path to deregulation. He called out my quote in his statement to the SAB on Tuesday morning and refuted the underlying assumption that he didn’t value his science advisors. I didn’t have to wait long before the proceedings of the meeting proved my very point and illustrated exactly how little Administrator Wheeler cares about the scientific underpinnings of regulations, the opinions of his own scientists and science advisors, or even in getting basic scientific facts correct. Here are just a few anecdotes from this week’s SAB meeting that made this clear:

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