Congressional Member’s Report Card

Congressional Member’s Report Card

Evidence Based References

Center for Responsive Politics “Open Secrets” – Nonpartisan, independent and nonpro;t, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

Govtrack – Publishes the status of federal legislation, information about your representative and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on legislation and congressional oversight & investigations.

The Trace – Is an independent, nonpro;t news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States.

Sharon Beder, “Global Spin” Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2002.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. They work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. They measure productivity and global Pows of trade and investment. They analyze and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. – has been tracking inequality related news and views for nearly two decades. A project of the Institute for Policy Studies since 2011, their site aims to provide information and insights for readers ranging from educators and journalists to activists and policy makers.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. They work to invigorate the First Amendment , advocating for greater diversity in the press and scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anticensorship organization, they expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are
muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-pro;t sources of information.

Naomi Oreskes, “Merchants of Doubt”. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2012.

The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)– is an organization comprised of academics and non-pro;t employees that promotes open and accessible government data and information along with evidence-based policy making.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)– UCS was founded in 1969 by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Their staff experts believe that rigorous analysis is the best way to understand the world’s pressing problems and develop effective solutions to them.

Rachel L. Carson, “Silent Spring”. New York:Houghton Mi]in Company, 1962.

Theo Colborn, “Our Stolen Future”. New York: Penguin Group, 1997.

Gerardo Ceballos, “The Annihilation of Nature”. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2015.

Peter Wadhams, “A Farewell to Ice”. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Jennifer Lindsey, “Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe”– A Tribute to Four Decades of Wildlife Research, Education , and Conservation:Harry N. Abrams, 1999.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)– mission is to provide the public with
accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA, one of the world’s leading climate research.

The Silent Spring Institute– Silent Spring Institute began in 1994, after members of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition called for a scienti;cally sound investigation into elevated breast cancer rates on Cape Cod. They founded “a laboratory of their own” and named it Silent Spring Institute in tribute to Rachel Carson. Silent Spring Institute provides a database on the 216 different chemicals shown to cause mammary gland cancer in animals, including individual study results, chemical regulatory status, and likely sources of exposure. It provides another searchable database on the 450 primary epidemiological research articles on breast cancer and environmental pollutants.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)-TEDX, founded by Dr. Theo Colborn, is an international nonpro;t organization dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scienti;c evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by low-level exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors. Resources include information on chemicals in natural gas operations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)– CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.

International Union for Conservation of nature (IUCN)– provides public, private and nongovernmental organizations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Center for Biological Diversity– For over 25 years, the Center for Biological Diversity systematically and ambitiously uses biological data, legal expertise, and the citizen petition provision of the powerful Endangered Species Act to obtain sweeping, legally binding new protections for animals, plants, and their habitat.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation– is an international nonpro;t organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.