New EPA Rule Could Allow Agency Cherry Pick Science

New EPA Rule Could Allow Agency Cherry Pick Science

It's official: @EPAAWheeler just announced the finalization of its controversial science transparency rule during a Zoom call hosted by @ceidotorg, a climate science denial group. pic.twitter.com/d5YnJPiP53 — Zahra Hirji (@Zhirji28) January 5, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The EPA has finalized a rule that would limit the scope of research that influences policy […]

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Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case About Endangered Species

Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case About Endangered Species

On Monday, which seems like a millennium ago, the newly constituted Supreme Court heard its first environmental case — which was a case about the secrecy of government deliberations.  In this case, those deliberations involve the science behind endangered species protections.

Why This Matters:  The case has ramifications beyond endangered species — it goes to scientific integrity and government transparency.

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California’s Never-Ending Wildfire Season Need Not Be The Case

California’s Never-Ending Wildfire Season Need Not Be The Case

by Natasha Lasky, Our Daily Planet Contributing Writer This past week, California’s biggest utility, PG&E, conducted the largest brownout of the year, shutting off the power for 466,000 people in 34 counties, affecting 1.1 million people. The blackouts have hit small towns as well as densely populated parts of the San Francisco metropolitan area, including […]

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Coney Barrett’s Climate Controversy

Coney Barrett’s Climate Controversy

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, created a bit of controversy during her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week when she called climate change itself “controversial.” 

Why This Matters:  Judge Barrett many questions with the same refrain — she refused to discuss her “policy” views on questions as obvious as do “poll watchers” who are armed intimidate voters, whether birth control should be decriminalized, or if same-sex marriage should be allowed.

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What science and democracy have in common: us, hopefully

What science and democracy have in common: us, hopefully

This piece was originally featured in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and has been reprinted with permission.  by Adam Sobel Donald Trump has said, several times in the week up to and including September 29’s presidential debate, that he will not commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election in […]

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Why Won’t He Just Listen to Science?

Why Won’t He Just Listen to Science?

In the span of a week, President Trump along with 34 others connected to the White House tested positive for coronavirus while increasing cases across the nation have Dr. Fauci “worried.” Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic has caused his approval rating to hit a record low. And all this has happened as California’s wildfires officially […]

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