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Illinois To See Significant Public Health Benefits in a 100% Carbon-Free Future

, Energy policy analyst

We need to quickly transition to a clean energy future in Illinois to prevent additional negative public health impacts from fossil fuel plants. The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) HB 0804/ SB1718 is the only bill that puts Illinois on a path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. The public health benefits of transitioning to a clean energy future in Illinois are abundant and underscore the need for expedient action. Read more >

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Biden Administration Pushes for Science-Informed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

, Research Associate, Center for Science and Democracy

Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced its intent to ban the sale of menthol flavored cigarettes. If finalized, public health experts and anti-tobacco advocates believe this would be a big step forward in tobacco regulation and could help address health disparities experienced by communities of color. Read more >

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Scientific Integrity Task Force Will Tackle Politicization in Federal Science

, Research scientist

Yesterday, the Biden-Harris administration announced the formation of a task force whose goal is to review and strengthen scientific integrity across the federal government. The task force was mandated by a presidential memorandum signed by President Biden on January 27 of this year. The announcement sets a 120-day clock for the task force to conduct a “thorough review of the effectiveness of scientific-integrity policies” implemented by 28 federal agencies. Read more >

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Ohio Needs to Strengthen, Not Restrict Voting Rights Protections

, Kendall Science Fellow

Ensuring that everyone’s vote counts the same is also a crucial aspect of electoral integrity, as measured through bias in results, including malapportionment, and racial and partisan gerrymandering. Ohio is one of many states where legislatures are now moving to enact new restrictions, facing pressure from extremists motivated by false allegations that the 2020 election was “stolen.” How does Ohio compare to other states? Read more >

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How Can Scientific Organizations Support Science Advocacy? 5 Ways to Get Started

Rose Hendricks, Program Director, Society Civic Science Initiative , UCS

Scientists have many reasons to organize, mobilize, and advocate — whether it’s to stand up for democracy and voting rights, to push for evidence-informed solutions to threats like climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic, or to demand structural changes that make the scientific enterprise itself more inclusive and anti-racist. In recent years, more scientists have used their voices to advocate for changes like these and many others.  Read more >

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