Scientific Integrity

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New Emails Show Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs is Unfit to Lead NOAA

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Late Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a batch of emails between high-level agency officials around Sharpiegate; BuzzFeed broke the news. Most of the emails are further verification of what was previously understood about how things played out at the agency when its leaders betrayed their own scientists after the President doubled down on his inaccurate Dorian forecast and doctored a weather map. But an important take-away for me is a new window into just how unfit Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs is to lead the agency. Read more >

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UCS Center for Science and Democracy Research Director Gretchen Goldman at the October 2019 meeting of the Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel.

Keeping Up With Scientific Integrity: October–December 2019

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

Nearly three years into the Trump administration, we’ve seen so many attacks on science—as well some spirited defenses of it—that it can be hard to remember all that’s occurred. To help us all stay on top of fast-moving situations, I’m posting quarterly updates on scientific integrity actions. This the update for the final quarter of 2019. Read more >

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EPA Science Advisors Tear Into Agency’s “Transparency” Proposal

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The EPA’s own Science Advisory Board (SAB)—two-thirds of which was appointed by the Trump administration—is the latest group of scientists to come out swinging against a proposal to restrict the use of science in agency decisions. The SAB’s draft analysis was released on New Year’s Eve as one of four documents that panned several recent anti-science and anti-environmental proposals. The advisors also challenged EPA’s work on water protection, fuel efficiency, and mercury pollution.

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Natural Resources Committee Embraces Collaborative Governance

, Kendall Science Fellow

At a time when the internet and social media seem to be tearing our politics apart, where violent ideology and moral outrage enflame partisan divisions, the democratic promise of information technology is making an appearance in the House Natural Resources Committee. Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and Representative A. Donald McEachin have opened the public participation phase of their Environmental Justice for All Act.

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Environmental restoration employees deploy a containment boom from a boat March 18, 2019, on Offutt Air Force Base. One-third of the installation was flooded and the boom was a precautionary measure for possible fuel leaks. U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford

Three Reasons why The Pentagon Must Address Climate Change as a National Security Threat

, Climate Resilience Analyst

This morning, Pentagon officials will testify during a Senate Armed Services Committee  hearing on “Strategic Threats, Ongoing Challenges, and National Defense Strategy Implementation.” It has been reported that the hearing will likely focus on how the current Pentagon officials are Implementing the National Defense Strategy, a policy document that is a clear departure from previous administrations in many ways, not least in its omission of climate change as a national security threat. Read more >

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