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The Census Crisis: Commerce Secretary Tightens Grip on a Vital Public Good

In defiance of a federal judge’s order to continue the 2020 census count through October 31 after the administration cut it short, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced a new deadline—October 5, nearly a month sooner than the judge required.

In the closing acts of the nation’s most vital research effort, how did we reach this crisis point? Read more >

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My Testimony on Climate Change Before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Last week, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on the Environment, at a hearing entitled ‘Climate Change, Part IV: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future.’ Below is my oral testimony, as prepared (shortened a bit during delivery to respect time constraints). Also, here is a link to my written testimony, as submitted to the committee.

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The Most Dangerous Job in Fishing Isn’t Fishing—It’s Processing Fish During a Global Pandemic

Amanda Moeser, Ph.D. Environmental Science student, , UCS

There is no such thing as a “staycation” for the people working tirelessly to fish, farm, process, package, transport, and distribute seafood in the United States. Immediately deemed an “essential service,” the $244 billion/year seafood industry supports 1.74 million jobs and is the heart and soul of seaside towns across the United States. Read more >

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Understandings of Science Advocacy can Strengthen it

Back in January, I reached out to scholars and civic leaders with an interest in science-related advocacy. I asked each of them to share their insights about organizing and social movement building so we could put them in the service of strengthening and diversifying science advocacy. We planned to meet in March, and then COVID-19 happened.

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Heatwaves and COVID Mean Higher Home Electricity Bills; What Do We Do About That?

, Senior Energy Analyst

When the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread, states across the country began to institute stay-at-home orders in an effort to help contain the virus and “flatten the curve.” At the same time, advocates in the utility world began to call for moratoriums to electric and gas shut-offs, so that a lack of financial resources would not threaten a family’s ability could shelter in place safely, especially as the economic crisis deepens. Now, utilities want to start collecting on unpaid bills and many state policymakers are thinking of capitulating to utility demands by lifting previously imposed bans on utility shut-offs.

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