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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Wednesday, February 04, 2009
New Markey-Platts Bill Would Dramatically Boost Clean Energy Development
The 25-percent-by-2025 renewable electricity standard bill introduced today by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Todd Platts (R-Penn.) would boost renewable energy generation by 135 percent above and beyond current policies between now and 2025, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists' preliminary analysis of the legislation.
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Monday, February 02, 2009
The Most Comprehensive, Independent, Web-Based Satellite Information Site Just Got Better
Ever wonder how many active satellites are in orbit around the Earth? (Answer: 905.) Or how many countries have a stake in satellites? (Answer: At least 115.) Or where in space most commercial satellites orbit? (Answer: Two-thirds of commercial satellites are in geosynchronous orbits.)
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Congress Should Heed Al Gore's Advice, Science Group Says
Former Vice President Al Gore told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today that Congress must pass a comprehensive climate bill this year to address the urgency of the climate crisis and to lay the groundwork for an international climate treaty later this year in Copenhagen. Below is a statement by Alden Meyer, director of policy and strategy at the Union of Concerned Scientists:
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
UCS: Green Stimulus Measures Would Help Revive Economy
The Senate Finance Committee today will begin marking up its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes such green initiatives as extending the production tax credit for wind projects through 2012, allowing businesses flexibility in claiming tax credits over a five-year period, and increasing the amount of tax credits available for residential renewable energy and energy efficiency systems. On Wednesday, the House will consider a similar version of the recovery plan that the House Ways and Means Committee passed last week.
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Obama Opens the Door to States Implementing Clean Car Law
President Obama today instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the Bush administration's denial of a request by California and more than a dozen other states to implement global warming pollution standards for cars and trucks. The president also directed the Department of Transportation to set fuel economy standards for 2011 and reconsider the methodology for standards in the years that follow.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Business Coalition Cap-and-Trade Program Needs Strengthening, Science Group Says
The United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a coalition of 32 corporations and environmental organizations, this morning announced a cap-and-trade proposal to reduce global warming pollution. (For the members of USCAP and more information, go to http://www.us-cap.org/ .) Below is a statement by Alden Meyer, the director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Secretary Nominee Tom Daschle Pledges to Restore Scientific Integrity at Health and Human Services
At his nomination hearing this morning, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary nominee Tom Daschle testified he would restore scientific integrity to the department.
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Friday, December 19, 2008
Imported Coal Power Could Undermine Northeast Global Warming Cap-and-Trade System
The Northeast's cap-and-trade system for global warming pollution-the first of its kind in the nation-will be compromised unless utilities are prevented from importing additional coal-fired electricity, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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