What Does Scott Gottlieb’s Leadership Mean for Scientific Integrity at the FDA?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Later this afternoon the Senate will vote to confirm Scott Gottlieb as the next U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. What does this mean for scientists and science-based policymaking at the FDA? His conflicts of interest are...
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Trump Picks Two for FERC—Will Bipartisanship Continue?

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By John Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has finally announced his intent to nominate candidates for two of the three open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and send their names to the U.S. Senate for approval. Assuming they are confirmed, the two...
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Under New Mismanagement: Polluters Asked How to Destroy EPA

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council “’Listening Sessions’: Excellent!” Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency held “listening sessions” to hear public comment on Executive Order 13777, which requires an EPA Task Force to recommend “specific rules that...
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5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, Senator Rob Portman introduced his version of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), a bill that would significantly disrupt our science-based rulemaking process. A version of this inherently flawed, impractical proposal has been...
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25 Percent of the Senate Speaks Out for Real Net Neutrality

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press It’s been a good couple of days for Net Neutrality. Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai have been ramping up their attack on the open internet, but we’ve been ramping up our defense. Activists around the country are mobilizing, pro-Net Neutrality comments are flooding...
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Net Neutrality Activists Picket Pai

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By Brandon Forester, Free Press Last Thursday we printed our chant sheets, bought a couple of dollar-store ponchos, had a sign-making party and picked up a bullhorn we’d borrowed from the Washington Peace Center. We had work to do. On Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was continuing his speaking...
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Trump’s Regulatory Accountability Act Is a License to Kill

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By Sam Berger, Center for American Progress Don’t let the innocuous name fool you: The Regulatory Accountability Act recently introduced in the Senate is nothing less than President Donald Trump’s License to Kill Bill. Described as the means of realizing Steve Bannon’s dream to deconstruct the...
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