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In 2021, Let’s Set the Bar Higher for Our Government

, Lead science and policy analyst

A new Union of Concerned Scientists report released today provides recommendations for the next administration on how to restore science in policymaking. One element of ensuring independent science informs decisions is blocking opportunities for political interference and undue influence.

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Another Attack on Endangered Species Escalates Need for New Legislation

, Research scientist

The Trump administration is no stranger to attacking protections for endangered species, the implementation of the process by which endangered species are afforded protections by the federal government, the science underpinning that process, or the piece of legislation that spells all of these processes out and has resounding bipartisan support (i.e., the Endangered Species Act). And there are lots of endangered species at risk of losing their much-needed protections such as the American burying beetle, Chinook salmon, and (still) the polar bear. This is all happening as scientists continue to provide evidence that Earth is currently experiencing a sixth major extinction event. Read more >

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Time is Not on Our Side for Expert Review of Restricted Science Rule

, Lead science and policy analyst

The EPA plans to push out its ill-conceived restricted science rule by the end of this year, and at this rate, it will do so without internal or external input or peer review. Today, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) will meet to discuss a narrow piece of the rule, but so far has not thoroughly examined the full proposal.

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Peter Wright’s 50+ Chemical Facility Conflicts: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

, Lead science and policy analyst

Peter Wright, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, will face the Senate Environment and Public Works committee at his nomination hearing this Wednesday. Mr. Wright has spent the majority of his career working as an attorney for Dow Chemical Company (now DowDuPont). Would he make a smooth transition from defender of polluters to defender of the public? Under Pruitt’s lead, it seems unlikely that public safety would be at the top of his agenda. Read more >

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This Sunshine Week, How “Draining the Swamp” and Open Government are Faring in the Trump Era

, Lead science and policy analyst

We are more than one year into President Trump’s administration, and if you’ve been following the news, you know all too well that the whole “draining the swamp” initiative was only ever lip service at best. Despite issuing an executive order on ethics in his first week of office, President Trump has managed to appoint a slew of former lobbyists or industry staff to positions dealing directly with issues that affect their former employers’ bottom lines. Read more >

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