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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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 9, 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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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Senate Passes Stimulus Package; Science Group Urges Confereees to Accept House Version

By a 61-to-37 vote, the Senate today passed its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes such green initiatives as tax incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, funding to modernize the nation's electricity grid, and support for research and development of advanced vehicle and battery technology. The bill also includes a special $50 billion addition to the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program, much of which is likely to go to such technologies as nuclear power, liquid coal and coal-gasification power plants.
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Wednesday, February 4, 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 2, 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.