Priorities for the Biden Administration

Our analysts, scientists, and experts outline the most important and immediate actions that the Biden administration must take to address climate change, restore science-based decision-making, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Science Is Taking Center Stage in President-Elect Biden’s Plan to Combat COVID-19

, Research Analyst

In a positive and encouraging sign, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced last Monday the formation of a Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board—made up entirely of doctors, scientists, and former governmental health officials—and presented an updated version of their COVID-19 pandemic response plan. Read more >

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The Damage to Science that President-Elect Biden Can Undo with a Stroke of a Pen

, Research scientist

The last four years were not great for science-based decisionmaking, but President-elect Biden can undo a good amount of damage by rolling back President Trump’s executive orders that sidelined science. Read more >

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John Klossner

Science After Trump: What We Learned and How the Biden Administration Can Build Back

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

I have studied science used and misused by US presidents for a decade, but the Trump era kicked that work to a new level. In less than four years, we have logged more than 160 attacks on science (and counting)—more than any other president in the last seven decades. From ignoring evidence of harm to gagging federal scientists to suppressing inconvenient science, the administration has disrespected the crucial role that science and technical experts have long played across the government, under both parties, to protect public health, safety, and the environment. Now we must rebuild and build better at the same time. Read more >

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A Biden Presidency Means a New Day in the Fight for Climate Action

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Today marks a new day in the fight for bold, just, and equitable climate policy, and even the most jaded of us are filled with a measure of relief and hope. So let’s make sure President-elect Biden hears us loud and clear: We’re living in a climate emergency and it’s well past time we acted like it. Read more >

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A Comeback for Science in the Biden-Harris Administration

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The election of a new administration and Congress provides us with an extraordinary opportunity for science and science-based decision-making to once again serve the public interest. We must demand that the incoming administration and Congress deliver on that promise. Read more >

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