Top Ten Deeply Troubling Signs for Federal Science Policy

Deeply troubling signs for federal science  and science policy are becoming increasingly evident. Climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt now leads the Environmental Protection Agency and has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Side-stepping science entirly, the Trump administration's 42-page proposal for repealing former President Obama's Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) is largely built … Continue reading Top Ten Deeply Troubling Signs for Federal Science Policy

Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method

On March 29, the House Science Committee convened a hearing titled, “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method.” The scientific method has become a central issue in the committee’s work this year. The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would … Continue reading Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method

Call for Public Comment on New NASEM Study Committee: Polar Icebreaker Cost Assessment

In a Congressionally mandated study supported by the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Academies has appointed a committee to: (i) describe current and emerging requirements for the Coast Guard's polar icebreaking capabilities; (ii) identify potential design, procurement, leasing, service contracts, crewing, and technology options that could minimize life-cycle costs and optimize efficiency and reliability of Coast Guard polar icebreaker operations in the Arctic and Antarctic; and (iii) examine a variety of other factors related to Coast Guard estimates for the procurement and operating costs of a Polar icebreaker.