Scientific Integrity


John Klossner

Science After Trump: What We Learned and How the Biden Administration Can Build Back

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

I have studied science used and misused by US presidents for a decade, but the Trump era kicked that work to a new level. In less than four years, we have logged more than 160 attacks on science (and counting)—more than any other president in the last seven decades. From ignoring evidence of harm to gagging federal scientists to suppressing inconvenient science, the administration has disrespected the crucial role that science and technical experts have long played across the government, under both parties, to protect public health, safety, and the environment. Now we must rebuild and build better at the same time. Read more >

John Klossner
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Restoring Science, Protecting the Public: Recommendations for Federal Agencies in the Next Presidential Term

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

To best serve the public, federal scientists and the other professionals who work with them need more than funding. They need to be able to bring the fruits of their work to decisionmakers and the public without political manipulation or censorship. They need the processes and rules they work under to support efforts to use the best available science in making public policy. Read more >

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On Children’s Environmental Health Day: A Checklist for Defending Science and Protecting Kids

, Lead science and policy analyst

Today is Children’s Environmental Health Day— a day organized by the Children’s Environmental Health Network and supported by a long list of organizations committed to advocating for policy change that prioritizes children. Earlier this year, our report Endangering Generations outlined some of the policy decisions made in recent years that have ignored the science and walked back progress in protecting children’s environmental health and wellbeing. Read more >

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EPA Chlorpyrifos Assessment: A Harbinger of Restricted Science Rule Havoc

, Lead science and policy analyst

For years, the EPA has been downplaying scientific findings in an attempt to continue the use of organophosphate insecticide, chlorpyrifos, which is a known neurotoxin and threatens the health of children, especially Latinx children who live near farmland or are the children of farmworkers. But now, it has chosen to inexplicably throw out studies from consideration as it approaches a critical registration decision. Read more >

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Worried for Government Science? So Are We.

A few weeks ago, my colleague chronicled a milestone for our organization and the country: We had just recorded the federal government’s 150th attack on science, carried out by the officials and agencies tasked with defending science. Today, we mark another milestone: The release of our recommendations, for 2021 and beyond, to undo the damage from these attacks and bolster protections for government science.

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