attacks on science


Five Lessons Our Science Network Watchdogging Teams Have Taught Us

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

It is one year since the Presidential inauguration, though to many of us it now seems like time is measured in dog years—each approximates seven in our own lifetimes. The election really energized the science community and many others to push back against the hateful rhetoric and frightening agenda of the president and his administration. Read more >

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Trump Administration Rescinds Fracking Rule for Public Lands: A Blow to Public Protection

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

At the end of last month, we saw yet another casualty in the Trump administration’s war on science-based policy. The administration announced it would rescind a 2015 rule at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to address risks associated with unconventional oil and gas development on public land. Though not unexpected, this move was disheartening. The 2015 BLM fracking rule was an important step in protecting people from many unchecked risks associated with hydraulic fracturing. To understand what we lost, let me quickly review the national setting back in 2015 when the rule was issued. Read more >

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Pruitt Rejects Advice from Independent Scientists Based on False Premises

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

This week Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to issued a new directive, following up on his speech at the Heritage Foundation, that bans scientists with EPA grants from serving on the agency’s science advisory committee (see coverage here ). I want to share my perspective as a scientist who has served on numerous boards and panels advising government. Read more >

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I Am a 30-Year Veteran Scientist from US EPA; I Can’t Afford to Be Discouraged

Rita Schoeny, , UCS

. . . And neither can you.

Since January, we have seen a continual assault on our environmental protections. EPA has put a political operative with no scientific experience in charge of vetting EPA grants, and the agency is reconsidering an Obama-era regulation on coal ash. The well-established legal processes for promulgating environmental regulations, and—very pointedly—the science underlying environmental regulation are being jettisoned by the Trump administration. As scientists, we must stand up for science and ensure that it is not tossed aside in public policy and decision-making. Read more >

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The Trump administration is using bogus science to justify restrictions on birth control access, building on a legacy of Presidential administrations' politicization of science around contraceptives. Photo: www.quotecatalog.com

The Trump Administration Fakes Science to Justify Restrictions on Birth Control Access

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

The Trump administration is using bogus science to justify restrictions on birth control access, building on a legacy of Presidential administrations’ politicization of science around contraceptives. Read more >

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