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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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Trump Administration Undermines Independent Science Advice
The advisory committees that federal agencies rely on for independent, expert scientific advice, are, by several measures, in the worst shape since the government began tracking them more than 20 years ago, according to the report “ Abandoning Science Advice: One Year In, the Trump Administration...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Bayou Bridge Fight Heads to Federal Court
Representing the interests of the millions of people who use, visit, study and rely on the Atchafalaya Great River Swamp, several groups today asked a Louisiana federal district court to vacate a recent decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) that would allow the controversial Bayou...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
New Study Finds Society Now Saves $6 for Every $1 Spent Preparing for Natural Disasters
The National Institute of Building Sciences, a public-private partnership Congress established in 1974, released a new report today titled “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves,” examining the cost savings of preparing for natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, many of which are worsened by...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
NYC Climate Lawsuit Hastens End of Fossil Fuel Industry Impunity for Climate Deception
New York City is suing five oil and gas giants, joining several cities and counties in California seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their contributions to climate change. The suit alleges that ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, BP and ConocoPhillips bear responsibility for the costs of...
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
ExxonMobil’s Move to Countersue California Locales Seeking Climate Damages Another Intimidation Tactic to Evade Accountability
ExxonMobil indicated it plans to countersue California cities and counties that want fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change-related damages. This move is a clear attempt by ExxonMobil to intimidate those seeking to protect their communities and hold major fossil fuel companies accountable...
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Monday, January 08, 2018
FERC Was Right to Reject DOE Proposal to Bail Out Coal Plants
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously rejected the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposal to force energy markets to provide failing coal-fired power plants and nuclear plants guaranteed profits—at the cost of consumers. DOE Secretary Rick Perry asked FERC last September to...
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Dourson’s Withdrawal a Victory for Science, Health
Michael Dourson, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, has withdrawn his name from consideration after key senators made it clear he could not win confirmation. That’s a victory for science-based policy and the...
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
President Just Signed Bill That Says Climate Change a National Security Risk, But Does He Know That?
President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The act would require the Pentagon to do a report on how military installations and overseas staff may be vulnerable to climate change over the next 20 years. The following language was included in the act:...
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
ExxonMobil’s Pledge to Disclose Climate Risks Significant, But Short on Details
ExxonMobil’s announcement that its board will provide shareholders details on climate change risks and impacts to its business is significant, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says, but it was woefully short on details. The company’s filing to U.S. securities regulators came three days...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Pruitt’s RFS Decision Defies Science, Undercuts Development of New Fuels
Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has finalized a change to biofuels policy, lowering the amount of cellulosic biofuel required under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). While political pressure from agricultural interests partly checked Pruitt’s effort to...
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