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, May 23, 2017
Trump Budget Disregards Science, Puts Public Health, Innovation at Risk, Science Group Says
President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget is a deeply unjust budget that would disproportionately harm poor and working class Americans, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The budget would impose massive cuts on health, environmental and safety net programs. It also would gut...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Senate Defends Climate, Health by Voting Down Methane Resolution
Today, the U.S. Senate voted against advancing a resolution overturning important rules to rein in dangerous methane emissions on public lands. This resolution would have allowed oil and gas companies to do serious damage, and its defeat is a victory for the climate and public interest, according...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Science-Based Public Health, Safety Protections Would Be Devastated By RAA
The Senate has introduced a new version of the “Regulatory Accountability Act”—a bill that would cripple the ability of federal agencies to enforce laws that protect our health and safety, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the...
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Weakening Methane Rule Would Come at Cost to Climate, Health
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-considering a rule that would limit methane emissions from oil and gas extraction operations. This opens the door to weakening the rule, which is vital to protecting public health and reducing the risk of climate change, according to the Union of...
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Monday, March 27, 2017
Anticipated Trump Executive Order Will Ignore Science on Climate Change, Endanger Americans
President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order on Tuesday to severely curtail actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies to address climate change. The order directs the agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, the nation’s first-ever limits on global...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
“Skinny Budget” Disregards Science, Placing Communities at Risk
President Trump released his proposed “skinny budget” today. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell , president of UCS. Kimmell is also the former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative board chair. “President Trump’s budget...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
Lawmakers Ignored Pruitt’s Record, Says Union of Concerned Scientists Pres. Ken Kimmell
The Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks a low point in the United States’ history of environmental and public health protection, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of UCS. “...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
California’s Oroville Dam Crisis Illustrates Need to Plan for More Extreme Weather
Flooding risks around Northern California’s Lake Oroville reservoir that forced mass evacuations of people living below the nation’s tallest dam in recent days are demonstrating that future infrastructure projects must be capable of withstanding similar catastrophic events, according to the Union...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017
Pruitt Passes Out of Senate Committee—Full Senate Must Reject Him
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has advanced Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, putting the question of his confirmation before the full Senate. His confirmation would be a threat to public health and senators must vote no, according to the...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Tillerson Receives Highest “No” Vote for Secretary of State, Science Group Expects Him To Uphold Paris Agreement, Recuse Himself from Exxon-Related Matters for Full Term
Today, Congress approved 56-43 President Trump’s nominee, recently retired ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, to serve as secretary of state. The vote against Tillerson’s confirmation was the highest for a secretary of state since World War II. Condoleeza Rice, by contrast, was approved by an 85-13 vote...
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