disinformation playbook


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5 Ways the Trump Administration Uses Disinformation & Why We Need Oversight

, Lead science and policy analyst

Throughout history, special interests have worked studiously to deny, distort, or manipulate science to interfere with policy outcomes and rig the game so that they may continue profiting, usually at the expense of public health or environmental quality. The tobacco and fossil fuel industries have perhaps most infamously used these strategies to avoid public scrutiny and maintain the status quo. Sadly, the outcome is the delay or obstruction of science-based policies intended to protect the public.

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Independent Science Takes Another Hit at the EPA: New Science Advisory Board Members Announced

, Lead science and policy analyst

The EPA released the names of eight new members yesterday. The verdict? Acting Administrator Wheeler is continuing the trend of undermining the independence and quality of scientific advice to the EPA, Read more >

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What is the Responsible Science Policy Coalition? Here Are Some Clues

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

An interesting new group has popped up called the Responsible Science Policy Coalition (RSPC) that seems to have a significant interest in chemical safety policy. Are they legitimate? As Congress prepares for another hearing into the dangers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, it’s worth digging into who these folks might be. Read more >

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Intimidation, Disinformation, the Formula Industry and the Next Dietary Guidelines

, Lead science and policy analyst

It’s nearly time for the federal government to update its Dietary Guidelines for the public, and this time around the recommendations will include legally mandated dietary guidance for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers (from birth to age 24 months). With that in mind, my colleagues and I were troubled to read of a dust-up over infant formula that occurred at the World Health Organization this past spring.

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Monsanto Drags IARC Into the Depths of Its Disinformation Campaign on Glyphosate

, Lead science and policy analyst

Industry lobbyists have learned that a tried and true way to delay or block unwanted policy proposals is to attack the science supporting those policies and the integrity of the institutions that have conducted the science. We’ve seen this time and time again as plays in the disinformation playbook. Read more >

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