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Quiet Heroes

The United States boasts a huge corps of public-servant scientists devoted to going where the evidence takes them and who, as of Wednesday, will for the first time in years be respected by the highest officials in the land for what they do.

The Most Important White House Office Most Americans Have Never Heard Of

The White HouseThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has played a remarkably important role in America’s post-World War II history, yet few Americans are even aware that there is such a thing. In a recent report called “OSTP 2.0,” the Woodrow Wilson Center has published recommendations for reforms in the management of U.S. science policy.

Defending Science from Industry Assaults

David Michaels at CAPDavid Michaels speaks at a Center for American Progress event to discuss his book, Doubt Is Their Product, explaining the “tricks of the trade” used by cigarette makers, drug companies, and climate change deniers to delay regulation that would make Americans safer.

Does Europe Hold a Solution to the EPA’s Chemical Policy Problem?

The Environmental Protection Agency continued its fall from grace at a Senate hearing earlier this week that investigated political meddling with the Agency’s toxic chemical policies. But in the midst of a rain of criticism, there were suggestions of future policy that could better allow the EPA to protect citizens from hazardous materials.



Contemporary rhetorical tactics designed to confuse politicians and the public about scientific issues are as old as antiquity. The methods are just as disingenuous 2,500 years after their invention.

Federal Science Bungle of the Week: Ignoring Warnings About Formaldehyde In FEMA Trailers

cdchearing On Wednesday, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held the first of what could be more hearings on the CDC’s failure to protect public health when it released a scientifically flawed report on formaldehyde levels in post-Katrina FEMA trailers, understating the health risk of extended exposure to the gas.


Fire Fight

How should we think about the relationship between global warming and an increased risk of wildfires to the United States?