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John Klossner

A Government for We, the People, Not Vested Interests: Recommendations for a 2021 President

, Lead science and policy analyst

Holding a government office comes with the ethical responsibility to prioritize public service over private financial gain. But with the opportunity to hold powerful government positions comes opportunities to abuse that power. The antidote to such corruption is reforms that bolster and enforce transparency, integrity, and oversight. Read more >

John Klossner
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After Formal Request, EPA Gives Experts Limited Time to Apply for Advisory Committees

, Lead science and policy analyst

Last month, UCS—along with Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Protect Democracy—requested that EPA reopen nominations for positions on its advisory committees with openings and reinstate advisors to committees from which they were removed after its illegal directive was implemented in 2017. Read more >

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EPA Chief Pruitt’s Recent Halloween Trick Will Scare the Health Out of You

, senior writer

On Halloween, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt gave Americans the equivalent of an apple filled with razor blades. Read more >

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President Trump is About to Give a Speech That Directly Undermines Science

, Former Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

This administration is focused on using any means available to invalidate public health protections that took years to develop. Read more >

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Science Advice in Action: Highlights from an EPA Science Advisory Board Meeting

, Lead science and policy analyst

We have been writing a lot lately about the importance of federal science advice and defending the value of advisory committees like the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors and EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) against threats of budget cuts and reform. When I saw that the full SAB would be meeting at the end of August, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. Read more >

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