Scientific Integrity

Scientists shouldn’t have to face pressure or harassment from political figures or institutions—but too often they do. Our experts expose attacks on science across the country.


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Will Democratic Candidates Finally Talk About Democracy Tonight?

, Kendall Science Fellow

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.

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Notable Moments from the Hearing on EPA’s Proposal to Sideline Science

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The House Science Committee yesterday held a hearing on EPA’s horrendous proposal to sideline public health research when it makes decisions. I livetweeted the hearing, as did UCS’s Allison Cain and NRDC’s John Walke. There were several revealing moments that tell us more about EPA’s strategy, highlight the forces behind the proposal, and emphasize the continued and sustained opposition from scientists.

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Our Unhealthy Democracy: A New Report and a Call to Action

, Kendall Science Fellow

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 >

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They want politicians, not scientists, to evaluate the evidence of harm to the public.

The EPA’s Move to Handcuff Scientists Will Sicken and Kill People

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

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 >

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El gobierno de Trump abandona la ciencia y rompe promesas a las comunidades marginadas

, Climate Scientist

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.

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