Policy ForumSCIENCE AND REGULATION

Congress's attacks on science-based rules

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Science  29 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6238, pp. 964-966
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab2939

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Summary

There is a growing and troubling assault on using credible scientific knowledge in U.S. government regulation that will put science and democracy at risk if unchecked. We present five examples, and the false premises on which they are based, of current attempts in the U.S. Congress in the supposed pursuit of transparency and accountability but at the expense of the role of science in policy-making.

  • * Steering Committee member, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists.

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