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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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Billions of Dollars Leaving State Economies Annually to Import Coal, Report Finds
Economies in three dozen states are collectively hemorrhaging tens of billions of dollars annually on imported coal to generate electricity, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
800 VA Scientists, Academic Leaders Tell Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to Stop Harassing Climate Scientist
More than 800 scientists and academics in Virginia, including nearly 300 from the University of Virginia (UVA), today sent a letter (pdf) to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, urging him to drop his investigation of former UVA Professor Michael Mann's scientific research.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Energy Department's Annual Outlook Underscores Need for Strong Renewable Energy Policies, Touts Benefits of Fuel Economy Standards
The Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) yesterday released its "Annual Energy Outlook 2010," which provides an overview of the nation's current energy use and projects future energy trends. Experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) took a close look at the EIA's take on renewable energy and fuel economy.
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Friday, May 07, 2010
Long-term Power Purchase Agreement between National Grid and Cape Wind Puts Northeast a Step Closer to Cleaner Energy Production
Massachusetts utility National Grid and owners of Cape Wind, the nation's first proposed offshore wind project have agreed on a long-term contract for the utility to buy Cape Wind's electricity. The agreement would help Cape Wind obtain financing to construct 130 turbines off the Massachusetts coast in Nantucket Sound. Below is a statement by John Rogers, a senior energy analyst in the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate and Energy Program:
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Harasses Climate Scientist
In a letter sent late yesterday afternoon to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) asked Cuccinelli to rescind his misguided investigation into the work of climate scientist Michael Mann. Mann, a professor at Penn State University, was on the faculty of the University of Virginia between 1999 and 2005.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Favorable Cape Wind Decision Paves Way for American Clean Energy Development, UCS Says
Leading environmental organizations hailed today's historic decision by Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar to provide federal approval for Cape Wind, allowing the country's first utility-scale offshore wind farm to move forward. The announcement signaled the Administration's intentions to support renewable energy development off U.S.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Iceland Volcano Eruption Too Small to Have Significant Climate Effect, Science Group Says
Volcanic ash from Mt. Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland is disrupting air travel. Could it also disrupt the climate?
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Open Government Plan Inadequate
The Obama administration today announced plans to make all cabinet agencies more open to public scrutiny. Below is a statement by Francesca Grifo, director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Obama Administration Sets New Course for Post-Cold War Nuclear Weapons Policy
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today called the Obama administration's new nuclear weapons policy "the most far-reaching since the end of the Cold War" and urged President Obama to "go even further to strengthen national and international security." Below is a statement by Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director of the Global Security Program at UCS.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists and Economists Call On Senate to Address Climate Change Now
Nobel Prize-winning economists and scientists will deliver a letter to the U.S. Senate today, urging lawmakers to require immediate cuts in global warming emissions. The letter was signed by more than 2,000 prominent U.S. economists and climate scientists, including eight Nobel laureates, 32 National Academy of Sciences members, 11 MacArthur "genius award" winners, and three National Medal of Science recipients.
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