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Florida Governor Suppresses the Vote, State University Suppresses the Voting Experts

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Scientists everywhere should be outraged at this attempt by the University of Florida to suppress science in a crucial public policy debate. Science and Democracy Scientific Integrity academic freedom florida Ron DeSantis voter suppression Voting rights

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Lower-Income Households Shouldn’t Pay More for Solar. Congress Can Fix It.

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Someone who makes less than I do shouldn't have to pay more for solar than I do. Energy budget reconciliation equity solar power

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Calling All Scientists: The Federal Government is Hiring

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Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have bad news and good news. First, the bad: The federal scientific workforce—in other words, the scientists and experts who work for the government on behalf of the public—needs help. That workforce is aging quickly. It’s not as diverse as it should be.

After COP26 – Wasted Time or Time Well-Spent?

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People blocking progress need to get out of the way. Science Communication climate-change

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Photo Essay: Giving Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante the Protection They Deserve

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A visit to Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. Climate Change Scientific Integrity Bears Ears Biden Administration climate-change Grand Staircase-Escalante science-based decision making

5 Ways Rural Drivers Benefit from Electric Vehicles

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Rural drivers stand to benefit the most from switching to an electric vehicle (EV), regardless of the state they live in or the type of vehicle they drive. Transportation electric vehicles EVs rural America rural transportation

Tyson Foods Is a Monster in Disguise

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Try as they might, Tyson Foods can't dress up the facts. Food and Agriculture corporate consolidation COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic meatpacking poultry Tyson Tyson Foods

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More and More: 5 Offshore Wind Stories I’m Watching

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As US offshore wind begins to become a reality, it is providing more (and more) reasons to be excited. Climate Change Energy

Democracy in Peril: Top Political Scientists Highlight What’s at Stake with Freedom to Vote Act

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"To lose our democracy but preserve the filibuster in its current form.would be a short-sighted mistake of historic proportions.”. Science and Democracy

Hurricane Ida Shows Why We Urgently Need Bold, Just and Equitable Climate Action

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More catastrophic storms are coming. Climate Change climate change Hurricane Ida

Top US Chemical Weapons Company Selling Lethal Smoke as Non-Hazardous

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Safariland—a chemical weapons company that boasts annual sales of over $850 million—has removed vital safety information from its hexachloroethane (HC) smoke grenades, each of which is capable of killing 10 people.

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To Find Out If ExxonMobil Really Supports a Carbon Tax, Just Follow the Money

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Despite claiming to endorse a carbon tax, ExxonMobil has funneled millions of dollars to lawmakers who oppose the idea. Climate Change Energy

Despite Cutbacks, ExxonMobil Continues to Fund Climate Science Denial

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ExxonMobil has spent more than $39 million to manufacture doubt about climate science and block government action. Climate Change Energy

A Functioning Democracy Focuses on Funding Priorities, Not Whether to Defund the Government

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There are real-world consequences for this political gameplaying – including for science and scientists. Science and Democracy government shutdown

Fossil Fuel Obstruction Brought Us the Climate Crisis: Hard Questions Big Oil CEOs Should Answer

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Director of Strategic Climate Analytics Erika Spanger-Siegfried pulls no punches as she imagines what she'd ask the fossil fuel executives who will be questioned about their role in climate change at a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting.

EPA’s Latest Emissions Report Shows Why We Need Stronger Regulations

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Regulations have pushed car manufacturers to offer the most efficient vehicles ever, but much more can and must be done to address climate change. Transportation emission standards EPA

What Does Corporate Consolidation Mean for Your Thanksgiving Turkey?

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Skyrocketing turkey prices are driven in part by consolidation in the industries that slaughter and process meat and poultry products. Food and Agriculture corporate consolidation department of justice Thanksgiving Tyson Tyson Foods USDA

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Republicans Reject the Freedom to Vote Act

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With Census Data Now Available, You Can Help Protect Democracy: Here’s How

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2020 US Census data are now available and accessible–and there are an exciting variety of tools for science and democracy advocates to use this data to demand fair and unbiased districting. Science and Democracy Democracy Democracy Reform science and democracy Voting rights

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Fossil Fuel CEOs to Testify in Congress: Five Greenwashing Claims Debunked

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The House Oversight Committee must insist on the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Climate Change Energy #climatechange #ExxonKnew #ShellKnew American Petroleum Institute BP Chevron climate accountability climate deception Congress lobbying Shell US Chamber of Commerce

Welcome Silence: Biden Administration Passes on ConocoPhillips Alaskan Drilling Appeal

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ConocoPhillips plan to drill in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve is on hold for now. Climate Change Energy Uncategorized Biden Administration clean energy climate-change ConocoPhillips Global warming

The Day of Reckoning for the Oil Industry?

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Oil company CEOs will have to testify under oath about their decades-long campaign to block government action on climate change. Climate Change Energy

Roundup: Welcome Steps on Masks and Concerns about Booster Advice

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Liz Borkowski provides a look back at the Biden administration's performance on scientific integrity for the third quarter of 2021. Science and Democracy Scientific Integrity SI quarterly roundup vaccination policy vaccines

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Why High Natural Gas Prices Are So Spooky This Halloween

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In response to higher natural gas prices, US utilities are going back to coal instead of ramping up investments in renewables. Energy emissions energy bills natural gas winter

Ask a Scientist: Tyson’s Near Monopoly is Bad for Workers, Farmers and Communities

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Rebecca Boehm, an economist with the UCS Food and Environment Program, looked at Arkansas and the biggest poultry producer in the state, Tyson Foods, as a case study and published her findings in August in conjunction with a Guardian investigative story.

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Crunch Time at COP26: Five Things to Watch for as Glasgow Climate Talks Enter Second Week

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Leaders must lead. Climate Change COP26 Glasgow Loss and Damage

Extreme Heat Is a Killer. A New Federal Initiative Prioritizes Worker Health and Safety.

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The White House has tasked OSHA with launching a multi-pronged initiative to protect workers exposed to extreme heat. That's great news -- but there's a rub. Climate Change extreme heat OSHA Priorities for the Biden Administration Too Hot to Work

IN: Arctic Experts and Scientists — OUT: Unqualified Political Operatives

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The Biden administration has taken action to bring back science and expertise to its Arctic policy work. Climate Change Science and Democracy Arctic Priorities for the Biden Administration

New USDA Research Grants Show Promising Focus on Food Systems

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces new funding for research projects in sustainable agriculture. Food and Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture NIFA NIH sustainable agriculture USDA

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Can the US Survive California’s Drought?

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California's drought is a national and international crisis. Climate Change California California drought climate change impacts disadvantaged communities Drought groundwater Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Colorado’s Fossil Fuel Industry Wants to Buy Your Friendship. Don’t Be Fooled.

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A new UCS report found that the oil and gas industry has spent massive amounts of money in Colorado to buy political influence and block public health and environmental safeguards. Climate Change Energy Scientific Integrity climate change impacts disinformation fossil fuel companies

Accurately and Appropriately Accounting for Risk: Why Steven Koonin and George Will Are Unsettling

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A Science Network guest blogger reacts to Dr. Steven Koonin's controversial book on climate science, and a perhaps overly credulous review of this book by George Will in the Washington Post. Climate Change climate impacts disinformation risk assessment science-based decision making

“Code Red” for Climate Means Reducing US Oil and Gas Production

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The Biden adminstration needs to focus on the urgency of the climate crisis. Climate Change Energy clean energy climate-change

Science Is Rising: STEM Students Rocked the Vote in 2020 Election

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Science Network community and partnerships manager Melissa Varga shares her rundown of recent student voter data–it's good news for democracy. Science and Democracy 2020 election civic engagement early career scientists science rising student voting voter registration voter turnout

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Methane Madness: 5 Reasons Why Natural Gas Doesn’t Belong in a Clean Electricity Payment Program

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The Senate just released a federal budget resolution that includes a measure that could subsidize the production of natural gas. Here are 5 reasons why we shouldn't do that.

Here’s What Richer Countries Must Deliver to Make COP26 in Glasgow a Success

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We’re less than two weeks out from the start of the annual U.N. international climate talks, also referred to as COP26, which are set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31-November 12. The gravity of the moment should be sinking in for world leaders.

EPA Plans to Take Bold Action on PFAS. Will it Be Enough?

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EPA's new plans for regulating PFAS are an important step in the right direction. But more needs to be done. Science and Democracy environmental justice EPA impacted communities PFAS

Coal Ash Cleanup: Victory for the Environment, the Economy, and Environmental Justice

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A new report demonstrates that utilities can do a much better job cleaning up coal ash sites to protect public health, the environment, and local economies. Climate Change Energy

Why Utility Planning Must Be Inclusive

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What Joseph Daniel learned when he went back to Kansas for a utility resource plan proceeding. Climate Change Energy

What is the Supply Chain for Clean Energy and Climate Change?

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To deliver new clean energy, the country will need changes in transmission and transmission policy. Climate Change Energy FERC PJM solar wind