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, April 21, 2009
US Can Dramatically Cut Carbon Emissions and Lower Energy Bills at the Same Time, New Study Finds
The United States can dramatically cut global warming emissions and reduce consumer and business energy bills at the same time, according to the findings of a soon-to-be-released, two-year study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Obama Administration EPA Recognizes the Science, Opens Door for National Climate Regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today officially declared that global warming emissions are pollutants that endanger public health and welfare. The move will allow the agency to regulate heat-trapping emissions from power plants and automobiles under the Clean Air Act. Below is a statement by Eli Hopson, a Union of Concerned Scientists Washington representative:
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Polluters Could Fund Clean Energy Projects
Illinois residents filing personal income taxes today may face future tax increases as the state tries to balance its budget. But Illinois State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) and a coalition of scientific, faith and tax organizations today offered another approach: raise revenue by making companies pay to pollute.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Genetic Engineering Has Failed to Significantly Boost US Crop Yields Despite Biotech Industry Claims, New Report Finds
For years, the biotechnology industry has trumpeted that it will feed the world, promising that its genetically engineered crops will produce higher yields. That promise has proven to be empty, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.
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Friday, April 10, 2009
UCS: Information on Benefits of Auctioning Emissions Allowances
Auction off "allowances" for heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming or give them away? That is the question. John Holdren, President Obama's science adviser, told the Washington Post this week that the administration is considering delaying auctioning 100 percent of the heat-trapping emission credits or "allowances" that would be created under a climate program.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Waxman-Markey Draft Sets Stage for Climate Legislation
A "discussion draft" (pdf) for climate and energy legislation released today by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) sets the stage for the federal government to rapidly adopt a comprehensive approach to energy and climate policy, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). House members will use the discussion draft as a starting point for crafting legislation.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
New Fuel Economy Rule Based on Flawed Bush-Era Methodology, But Limitied to One Year
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released its final fuel economy requirements for automakers for model year 2011 cars and trucks. The agency set the average at 27.3 miles per gallon (mpg), a slight jump from the estimated average of 26 mpg for 2008 model year vehicles. It also removed draft language the Bush administration inserted into the rule that attempted to block California and other states from implementing their own clean car standards. The agency will release final rules for model years 2012 to 2016 sometime early next year.
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Monday, March 09, 2009
Obama Administration Follows UCS Recommendations to Protect Scientific Integrity
Today President Obama issued a memorandum that follows Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recommendations to prevent the abuse, manipulation and suppression of federal science. The following is a statement by Dr. Francesca Grifo, director of the UCS's Scientific Integrity Program:
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Nat'l Renewables Standard Could Save Consumers $94 Billion
Consumers could save as much as $94 billion on their electricity and natural gas bills by 2030 if Congress enacted the national renewable electricity standard recently introduced by Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Todd R. Platts (R-Pa.). That's according to a preliminary analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which used a modified version of the Department of Energy's National Electricity Modeling System (NEMS) for its analysis. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the bill, H.R. 890, at 9:30 a.m.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
GM, Chrysler to Report Back to Congress Today
General Motors and Chrysler are scheduled to report back to Congress today about how they have been using the billions in federal dollars they received in December and their plans for achieving financial viability over the next several months. They already have publicly stated their intention to ask for billions more in federal assistance.
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