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.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
First 100 -- Obama Gets High Marks on Scientific Integrity
On the occasion of President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) gave the president high marks on fulfilling his campaign promise to restore scientific integrity to federal policymaking. But without a long-term plan and the commitment to see it through, UCS warned that history could repeat itself. Below is a statement by Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and director of UCS's Scientific Integrity Program:
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Interior, Commerce Departments Overturn Rule That Cut Science Out of Endangered Species Act
Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rescinded eleventh-hour Bush administration changes to Endangered Species Act regulations that allowed federal agencies to decide for themselves if their own projects -- such as roads and dams -- would threaten imperiled species. Federal agencies again will be required to consult with expert biologists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or National Marine Fisheries Service before undertaking or permitting new projects.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
E+C Testimony on Transportation in Climate and Energy Bill
UCS Clean Vehicles Program Research Director David Friedman will testify on Friday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment on the role transportation initiatives play in climate and energy draft legislation recently introduced by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
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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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