attacks on science


Training on the use of personal protective equipment. Photo: cdc.gov

Coronavirus and the Terrifying Muzzling of Public Health Experts

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The administration is muzzling government scientists, requiring that all statements be politically vetted through Vice President Pence, and punishing federal employees who draw attention to gross negligence. This is a highly dangerous power grab that undermines both emergency response and public faith in the reliability of information coming out of the government. And it speaks to the incompetence and incoherence of the response to this crisis so far. Read more >

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visits and serves bacon cheeseburgers for lunch to some of the Discovery Elementary School students, in Arlington, VA, during National School Lunch Week, October 15-19, 2018. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

From School Lunch to SNAP, New Attacks on Kids’ Health and Nutrition

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Life comes at you fast, and so does the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on children’s health. Over the last many months, my colleagues in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy have been hard at work rounding up stories of action or inaction, at agencies from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and beyond, that put the nation’s children in greater danger. Their report and related not-really-for-kids-storybook came out last week, and I encourage you to read them both.

But sadly, the tally is already a bit out of date. Even as our report was in press, the administration was jumping on a few more opportunities to put kids at risk.

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Blowing the Cover Off the “Cleanest Air” Sparkle of the Trump Administration

, Senior Energy analyst

The Trump administration has repeatedly claimed to want clean air—the cleanest air—but behind the administration’s rhetoric the truth of its actions still stands. It simply cannot obfuscate away the fact that this administration has aggressively, repeatedly, and profoundly attacked the public health protections that keep us safe from harmful air pollutants. Read more >

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Dark Rhymes for Dark Times: New Storybook Illustrates Threats to Children’s Health

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists releases a storybook for people who care about kids. With colorful illustrations and amusing rhymes, it illustrates how science keeps our children protected—and how the current administration is working to dismantle that. You’ll see from the storybook passages used as headers below, it is both entertaining and disturbing to be confronted with the reality of new threats to our children’s health. Read more >

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Ask a Scientist: How Trump Administration Policies Harm Children

, senior writer

According to our new report, the Trump administration is arguably the weakest defender of children in modern history. “Endangering Generations: How the Trump Administration’s Assault on Science is Harming Children’s Health,” documents how this administration’s rollback of bedrock environmental, health and safety standards has exposed children to more poisons in the food they eat, the water they drink, and the air that they breathe, and will potentially condemn them to suffer the worst consequences of climate change due to its unwillingness to acknowledge the threat, let alone address it. Lead report author Genna Reed’s interest in this topic is both professional and personal. She’s the top science and policy analyst for the UCS Center for Science and Democracy as well as the mother of a 16-month-old. “I’m a typical mom,” she says. “I want to protect my child, and parents should be able to trust that the government is making smart decisions about their children’s health and welfare. Our children should come first.” Read more >

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