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, June 19, 2019
New EPA Power Plant Rule is a Sham, Science Group Says
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its final Affordable Clean Energy rule, a replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that will do virtually nothing to curb U.S. power plant carbon emissions, despite the many cost-effective options available, according to the Union of...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Tax Code Reform Bill Would Set New Priorities by Providing Long-Term Incentives for Low-Carbon Energy Resources
Today, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Clean Energy for America Act that would simplify the myriad of energy tax provisions, establish long-term, performance-based tax credits to promote low-carbon energy, and end tax incentives that reward fossil fuel companies for their ongoing...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
House Leaders Introduce Legislation Requiring US to Remain in Paris Climate Agreement
Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) along with other members of the House introduced H. RES 9 – the Climate Action Now Act. This bill urges the United States to honor its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, blocks the federal government from using funds to advance withdrawal from...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Green New Deal or Not, Congress Must Act on Climate Change
Today, the Senate voted against a motion to take up the Green New Deal resolution introduced last month by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and introduced in the House by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Today, the...
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
GAO Report Concludes Climate Change Will Cost Taxpayers Even More if Government Fails to Act
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its 2019 “High Risk” report , which—like previous reports—concluded that climate change is a major threat to taxpayer-funded federal programs and that the government must do more to address this ever-worsening problem. Produced...
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Monday, February 25, 2019
U.S. House Hearing Will Expose Industry Disinformation and Its Consequences
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing to examine the tactics used by companies and industry front groups to undermine science and mislead the public. This hearing will open up a long-overdue conversation in...
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
EPA PFAS Plan Falls Short of a Real Commitment to Chemical Safety
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, a proposal to begin the process for dealing with this dangerous class of chemicals. The proposal doesn’t set a strong safety standard or make clear how the EPA will protect...
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Green New Deal Resolution Pushes Congress to Act on Climate
Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-M.A.) introduced joint resolutions today that recognize the economic, social and environmental impacts of a changing climate and calls for a comprehensive approach to address its causes and effects. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell,...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Top Scientists Confirm 2018 Fourth Hottest Year on Record, Last Five Years Rank Hottest
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) announced today that 2018 was the fourth hottest year worldwide on record. Below is a statement by Brenda Ekwurzel , director of climate science and senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “Despite the...
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Monday, January 28, 2019
New UCS Report Tallies Attacks on Science in Trump Era Harming Public Health
New research shows that the administration has interfered with or sidelined science in 80 separate incidents over the past two years, demonstrating a pattern of hostility to evidence—and posing a serious threat to public health and the environment. These abuses are detailed in the Union of...
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