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Acting BLM Director William Pendley at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on September 10, 2019 Photo: House Natural Resources Committee

William Pendley is Still Bad News—and Still Illegally Leading the Bureau of Land Management

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Pendley never should have been nominated in the first place. His myriad conflicts of interest and his very opposition to the mission of the agency he was nominated to lead should have disqualified him from the beginning. That makes it all the more troubling that the administration is illegally continuing Mr. Pendley as the effective acting administrator of the BLM despite withdrawing his nomination. Read more >

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150 Attacks on Science and Counting: Trump Administration’s Anti-Science Actions Hurt People and Communities Nationwide

, Research Analyst

Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these attacks on science since day one and our tracker has now hit a new, grim milestone – the Trump administration has so far engaged in more than 150 attacks on science, far exceeding the attacks recorded during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. Read more >

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A Thank You to FOIA Officers: Purveyors of Sunshine

, Lead science and policy analyst

This sunshine week I would like to express my appreciation for all of the work that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers at federal agencies have done and continue to do to ensure public access to government communications, records, and documents. Read more >

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With the Public Distracted, Interior Department Moves Full Speed Ahead on Oil and Gas Leases

, Climate scientist

Interior Secretary Bernhardt and his staff are using the pandemic crisis as an excuse to sideline science, shut down advisory committees, and sell off oil and gas leases at discount prices without sufficient environmental review. Here’s what they should be doing instead. Read more >

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Cultivating Censorship at the National Park Service: New Acting Director Issues Controversial Memo

, Climate scientist

It has come to light that a recently issued memo may severely restrict the ability of park superintendents and other staff to weigh in on activities happening on adjacent public lands. It is a clear effort by the Trump administration to undermine government science and its role in protecting our nation’s public lands. Read more >

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