A Pandemic Response That Puts Politics Before Science Is Doomed to Fail

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By Rebecca Jones, Project on Government Oversight As the world contends with the coronavirus pandemic, decision-makers cannot afford to kick objective science to the sidelines. Yet on April 21 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demoted Rick Bright, a career expert on vaccine...
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As COVID Barrels Down on Communities, EPA Offers Polluters a Pass

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By Patrice Simms and Hilton Kelley, Earthjustice The Trump administration is using the virus as cover to give industries a wink and a nod that it will let them off the hook when it comes to emissions releases and reporting. In the city of Port Arthur, Texas, people are used...
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Trump Attempts to Shield Big Ag at the Expense of Workers

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By Valerie Baron, Natural Resources Defense Council On April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day, at the reported urging of Tyson Foods, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) with the stated goal of keeping meat processing (slaughterhouses) open through the COVID-19 crisis. In doing...
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The White House Scrapped the Science on Tricholorethylene — So We’re Urging the EPA to Investigate

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By Taryn MacKinney, Union of Concerned Scientists When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists concluded that the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) causes fetal heart defects, even at low doses, officials at the White House overrode their conclusions—an egregious example of political...
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Cold Hard (Storage) Facts About Meatpacker Threats of Scarcity

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By Dr. Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy “It is impossible to keep our grocery stores stocked if our plants are not running,” said Smithfield Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth Sullivan when he announced the closing of its Sioux Falls, South Dakota slaughterhouse due to a...
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