Part two of a post about a member's visit to DC to lobby Congressional staffers to increase federal science funding.
This week: congress passes a bill to protect funding for weather prediction, EPA decides not to ban harmful chlorphyrifos, a proposal for new FDA trial designs, and more
This week: advice for politically active scientists, rejection of AHCA, NIH approves preprints, Texas education, climate change skeptics speak out, and more
Why do people believe false information? Why is it so hard to convince them otherwise? We try to explain these phenomena.
Conservation and Alternative Energy Currently, 20 Texas State Parks and 11 Wildlife Management Areas are actively leasing land for oil and gas drilling. Action: you can help prevent further damage by 1) stopping new leases, 2) supporting the removal of Kelcy Warren from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (he is the CEO of Energy … Continue reading Weekly Digest — Feb 27 – March 5
Conservation and Alternative Energy The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners (a Texas company that is also building the Dakota Access Pipeline) is Kelcy Warren, who is also currently serving on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Action: Fill out this form to message your State Senator to tell them it is unacceptable for an oil … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 6-12
Conservation and Alternative Energy Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are moving forward (NPR). “Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December” (Scientific American). The effort to ban lead bullets at wildlife refuges may be stymied (Wall Street Journal). Texas Water Symposium will be 7pm on Thurs, … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 23-29, 2017
Conservation The GOP aims to dismantle the Endangered Species Act (Washington Post). Committee(s) on Science, Space, and Technology House Resolution 44, introduced in the United States House of Representatives on January 11, 2017, would, if passed, express the House's support of designating February 12, 2017, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of Charles Darwin as … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 16, 2017
Conservation A little out of date, but House Bill 1794, passed in 2015 (link) sets a hard cap on payouts to counties that sue corporations for polluting waterways and/or air, as well as a 5 year statute of limitations. (Excellent opinion piece here) Save Our Springs is moving forward with filing a new lawsuit in … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 9, 2017
Conservation Obama & Trudeau designate Arctic and Atlantic coastal regions as unavailable for future off-shore drilling (NPR, Whitehouse press release). The Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium will be held Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 from 8am-3:30pm at the Canyon View Event Center. More details here. National Science Policy Who owns CRISPR/Cas? US Berkeley first filed a … Continue reading Weekly Digest – December 19-Jan 2, 2016