Public access to scientific knowledge is essential to a robust democracy. When facts and evidence are available to people, they are empowered to participate effectively in the policy-making process and make informed choices.
Access to information is not only important for making good policy; it can also be critical to public health and safety. In a crisis such as a chemical spill or a nuclear accident, first responders, local officials and other responsible parties often need scientific information in order to take effective action—but access may be blocked by barriers such as corporate trade secrets or needlessly restrictive agency policies.
- Transparency in Food Labeling (2016)
- Stormy Seas, Rising Risks: What Investors Should Know About Climate Change Impacts at Oil Refineries (2015)
- Science, Democracy, and Fracking: A Guide for Community Residents and Policy Makers Facing Decisions over Hydraulic Fracturing
- Improving Citizen Access to Government Scientific Information (Branscomb Forum, 2012)