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January 2022 Update: Biden’s First Year, CSLDF in Nature, Michael Gerrard joins our board

Biden’s First Year: Where He Stands on Science 

Lauren Kurtz, our director, and Romany Webb, a Senior Fellow and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, wrote an op-ed for The Hill evaluating how the Biden administration has approached science during its first year.

We documented 328 anti-science actions taken by the Trump administration; a year in, the Biden administration has reversed or reconsidered only nine of these. Biden has made some important strides forward, but the pace must pick up, especially to protect against a future science-hostile administration.

CSLDF in Nature 

Our director Lauren Kurtz was quoted in two Nature stories and in E&E News, weighing in on current protections for federal science and a related new report on how to improve them, released by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

There is still a ways to go to fully safeguard government science. We offer a few key takeaways from the new OSTP report in our blog here.

Michael Gerrard Joins CSLDF Board

CSLDF is proud and delighted to welcome Michael Gerrard as our new board member!

Michael Gerrard is the founder and faculty director of Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and one of the foremost environmental lawyers in the nation. He is an advocate, litigator, teacher, and scholar who has pioneered cutting-edge legal tools and strategies to fight climate change.

Read his profile here.

CSLDF Wishes You a Happy New Year!

For 10 years, CSLDF has provided pro bono legal assistance to over 200 researchers under fire – 41 in 2021 alone. Our work to protect scientists only continues to ramp up.

We deeply appreciate our supporters who made end-of-the-year gifts. Your generosity and dedication enables us to continue fighting for scientists and defending the future of science.

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