Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, October 13, 2017
Hartnett-White Would Put Environment, Public Health on Dangerous Footing
President Trump has nominated Kathleen Hartnett-White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). A former chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hartnett-White is now affiliated with an oil industry-funded think tank in Austin. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell,...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Clean Power Plan Repeal Will Not Bring Back Coal: White House Puts Ideology Over Science and Law
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a proposal today to repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan—continuing its pattern of putting ideology over science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The purported rationale for this proposal is that the Clean...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
New Analysis Finds About 20 Percent of US Coal-Fired Electricity Generation Comes from Uneconomic Plants
Despite political rhetoric to the contrary and recent actions by the Trump administration, the market reality is that coal-fired power has become increasingly uneconomic and is the main factor driving the U.S. electricity sector to rapidly transition away from coal. Of the more than 700 coal units...
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Monday, October 09, 2017
White House Puts Ideology Over Science and Law in Repealing Clean Power Plan
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to issue a proposal tomorrow to repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan—continuing its pattern of putting ideology over science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The purported rationale for this proposal, as it...
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Monday, October 02, 2017
Vice President Pence Touts “Success” in Gutting Public Health and Safety Protections
Today, Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech touting the Trump administration’s efforts to delay, undermine and cut science-based safeguards. Unfortunately, the administration has ignored science and the public interest in its rush to deregulate, leaving Americans, especially low-income...
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Thursday, September 07, 2017
New Analysis Finds More Than 650 Facilities Exposed to Harvey Floodwaters
More than 650 energy and industrial facilities may have been exposed to Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters, according to an analysis released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today. The analysis, accompanied by an interactive map , looked at energy facilities (refineries, LNG import/export...
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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Study Finds Top Fossil Fuel Producers’ Emissions Responsible for as Much as Half of Global Surface Temperature Increase, Roughly 30 Percent of Global Sea Level Rise
A first-of-its-kind study published today in the scientific journal Climatic Change links global climate changes to the product-related emissions of specific fossil fuel producers, including ExxonMobil and Chevron. Focusing on the largest gas, oil and coal producers and cement manufacturers, the...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
DOE Grid Study Correctly Shows Wind, Solar Not a Threat to Electricity Reliability
Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry released a study late yesterday reaffirming what energy experts, including those at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), have been saying for years—low natural gas prices are the main reason for recent coal and nuclear power plant retirements...
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Nine RGGI States Embrace Clean Energy by Collectively Capping Power Plant Emissions Through 2030
The nine states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)—the nation’s first carbon cap-and-trade program—today committed to cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants in their states by an additional 30 percent between 2020 and 2030, putting them on a...
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Study Finds That Boosting Soil’s Sponge-Like Qualities Would Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts
Farming practices that keep soil covered year-round can reduce the damage caused by both floods and droughts, according to a new study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “Turning Soils Into Sponges: How Farmers Can Fight Floods and Droughts” shows that that widespread adoption of...
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