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, November 07, 2017
Syria to Join Paris Agreement, Leaving Trump in Isolation on Climate Change Inaction
At the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany today, Syria announced it will join the Paris Agreement leaving the United States as the only nation to say it will not participate in the global effort to tackle climate change. The announcement happened during a plenary session at the climate...
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Friday, November 03, 2017
National Climate Assessment Moves Through Scientific Process to Diagnose US Climate Change Ills
The first public draft of the highly anticipated 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA), was released for public comment today. The NCA—a quadrennial report mandated by Congress in 1990—is developed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program to help the nation “understand, assess, predict and...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017
Cuts to Electric Vehicle and Clean Energy Tax Credits Will Undermine Growing Industries, Take Us Backward on Climate
The draft tax bill released today by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee would eliminate the electric vehicle tax credit, axe the permanent 10 percent Investment Tax Credit for solar and geothermal power, and reduce the Production Tax Credit for wind power by more than a third. These provisions...
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
US Solar Industry, Jobs Still at Risk Following International Trade Commission Decision
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today issued three recommendations for how President Trump can restrict the imports of photovoltaic cells and modules. These materials are integral for the booming domestic solar industry. Today’s recommendations follow a USITC finding last month that...
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Pruitt Actions on EPA Advisory Board Undermine Independent Science, Put Americans at Risk
Today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to announce new members of key science advisory boards and dismiss from the boards academic scientists who have received EPA grant funding. In appointing new members to the primary Science Advisory Board (SAB) and...
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Trump Policy Change at DOI Fails to Protect National Lands, Parks from Climate Impacts
According to news reports, the latest draft of the Department of Interior’s (DOI) strategic vision for 2018 through 2022, fails to mention climate change entirely. This would be a complete policy reversal by the Trump administration from the department's previous five-year strategic plan covering...
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The Disinformation Playbook: New Website Exposes Tactics of Attacks on Science
Funding fake studies. Intimidating and silencing scientists. Manufacturing doubt. Buying credibility. Manipulating federal policy processes. It’s a pattern we’ve seen repeatedly, from the tobacco industry and fossil fuel producers to soda manufacturers and the National Football League. With a new...
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Friday, October 13, 2017
Hartnett-White Would Put Environment, Public Health on Dangerous Footing
President Trump has nominated Kathleen Hartnett-White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). A former chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hartnett-White is now affiliated with an oil industry-funded think tank in Austin. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell,...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Clean Power Plan Repeal Will Not Bring Back Coal: White House Puts Ideology Over Science and Law
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a proposal today to repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan—continuing its pattern of putting ideology over science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The purported rationale for this proposal is that the Clean...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
New Analysis Finds About 20 Percent of US Coal-Fired Electricity Generation Comes from Uneconomic Plants
Despite political rhetoric to the contrary and recent actions by the Trump administration, the market reality is that coal-fired power has become increasingly uneconomic and is the main factor driving the U.S. electricity sector to rapidly transition away from coal. Of the more than 700 coal units...
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