Gretchen Goldman

Gretchen Goldman

Gretchen Goldman is a lead analyst in the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She holds a PhD and MS in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in atmospheric science from Cornell University. See Gretchen's full bio. Follow her on Twitter at @GretchenTG.

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Since the last particulate matter review, several new large-scale epidemiologic studies provide powerful evidence that particulate matter is causing adverse health outcomes (such as early death, heart attacks, and respiratory stress) at locations and during time periods with concentrations at or below the level of the current standards. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Experts Have Spoken: Disbanded Particulate Pollution Panel Finds EPA Standards Don’t Protect Public Health
The Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel has released their consensus recommendations to the EPA administrator on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. The group of 20 independent experts , that were disbanded by Administrator Wheeler last October and reconvened...
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We need leaders who will support the crucial scientific work of federal agencies and have the moral courage to resist attempts to politicize scientific communication. NOAA leadership just abdicated this responsibility. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 09, 2019
NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement
The mission of the National Weather Service is to provide “weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.” And its hard-working employees work around the clock in offices around the country to ensure the...
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"It serves only those who wish to pollute, exposing more American to unhealthy air." (Photo: Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, April 13, 2018
Brace Yourself for Unhealthy Air
Yesterday the Trump administration started chipping away at one of the strongest science-based public health protections we have in the country. In a laundry list of industry wishes, President Trump has ordered the EPA to make several sweeping changes to how it implements ambient air pollution...
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Scott Pruitt Will Restrict EPA's Use of Legitimate Science
The EPA is reportedly on the verge of restricting the science that EPA can use in decisionmaking and I’m livid. This is a move that serves no purpose other than to prevent the EPA from carrying out its mission of protecting public health and the environment. If Pruitt’s proposal looks anything like...
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake
Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration to promote scientific integrity in federal decision-making. But we cannot forget the many steps that preceded it. Today, the Union of Concerned...
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Sunday, December 04, 2016
The Internet Can’t Get Over the House Science Committee’s Climate-Denying Tweet—and That’s a Good Thing
On Thursday the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted some good ole fashioned climate denial—you know, the old tired long discredited nonsensical claim that cold weather negates the global consensus of scientists that climate change is happening ( It doesn’t .). The scientific...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016
On Trump and Science: Preparing for the Unknown
I’m a little anxious. And I imagine you are too. Among other things , I’m worried about how President-elect Trump will treat science. We don’t know yet, for example, what he might do at science-based federal agencies. Will he cut public science funding? Will his administration interfere with...
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
As Congress Calls Out Fossil Fuel Deception, ExxonMobil Continues to Fund Climate Science Denial
Last week, ExxonMobil released their much anticipated 2015 Corporate Citizenship and Worldwide Giving reports, which include voluntarily disclosed information about their corporate giving each year. Despite ongoing claims by the company to NOT be funding climate denial , the reports once again...
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Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Combatting Panic: Ebola, the CDC, and Crisis Communication
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States. Almost on cue, panic and overreaction were rampant, most notably on social media. It would seem that this panic is what even prompted a member of Congress to tweet the...
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