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Ken Kimmell: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan a State Burden and Pretext for Regulatory Rollbacks

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2018—President Donald Trump released his administration’s outline for an infrastructure package today. Trump’s plan raises serious concerns because it would suppress environmental reviews of new infrastructure projects, and it neglects to make sufficient investments in projects that hasten the country’s transition to clean energy and make communities more resilient to climate change, […]

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Genna Reed: New Report Reveals Trump Administration Is Abandoning Science Advice

January 22, 2018 – Unease. Frustration. Indignation. Experts serving as members of federal advisory committees are being frozen out of the very avenues that were designed to encourage external input on scientific issues to the federal government. A new Center for Science and Democracy report released today, Abandoning Science Advice: One Year In, the Trump […]

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Rachel Cleetus: NOAA Report Shows 2017 Was the Costliest Year on Record for US Disasters

January 9, 2018 – Yesterday NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center released its yearly report on “billion-dollar weather and climate disasters” that affected the US in 2017. Not surprisingly, the numbers were staggering. The costs of 2017 disasters, at $306.2 billion dollars cumulatively, set a new US record that blew past previous totals. These events also resulted in […]

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Local Management Plans May Not Protect California Groundwater from Climate Change Risk

November 27, 2017 – While hundreds of local agencies across California draft their plans to ensure the sustainability of groundwater basins, water experts say in a white paper released today that these state-mandated plans need to incorporate climate change impacts to be sustainable. The paper is intended to serve as a resource to help agencies do just […]

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Andrew Rosenberg: Vice President Pence Touts “Success” in Gutting Public Health and Safety Protections

WASHINGTON, October 2, 2017 – Today, Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech touting the Trump administration’s efforts to delay, undermine and cut science-based safeguards. Unfortunately, the administration has ignored science and the public interest in its rush to deregulate, leaving Americans, especially low-income communities and communities of color who often face the greatest threats, […]

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Ken Kimmel: DOE Secretary Perry Dismisses Science, Impact of Carbon Dioxide on Climate

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2017—US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry says he does not believe carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are the primary driver of climate change, dismissing science completed by his own agency and others within the federal government. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned […]

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Astrid Caldas: Trump EPA Web Page Removal Doesn’t Change Climate Reality

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2017—On the eve of the much-anticipated climate march in Washington, D.C., the Trump administration removed the Environmental Protection Agency’s primary climate change web page, and replaced it with a notice that indicates the page is being updated. A press release from EPA issued late Friday evening said the pages were being reviewed […]

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Rachel Cleetus: Signing Away Our Future: President Trump’s All-Out Attack on Climate Policy

March 28, 2017 – Rachel Cleetus is Lead Economist and Climate Policy Manager Today President Trump launches an all-out attack on our country’s policies to address climate change, via an Executive Order expected to be signed this afternoon. We’ve known for some time that something like this was in the works. Yet that doesn’t take […]

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Ken Kimmel: “Skinny Budget” Disregards Science, Placing Communities at Risk

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017—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 doubles down on antiquated ideas and misguided science, which will hurt our […]

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Rachel Cleetus: The Social Cost of Carbon Underscores an Obvious Fact: Climate Change is Costly

Feb. 28, 2017 – Rachel Cleetus is Lead Economist and Climate Policy Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists This morning the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is holding a hearing on the social cost of carbon (SCC). Past experience indicates that the majority members on this committee are not big fans of science or facts. […]

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Adrienne Alvord: The Oroville Dam Crisis Illustrates Need to Plan for More Extreme Weather

OAKLAND, Calif. Feb. 13, 2017—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 of Concerned Scientists. Below is a statement by Adrienne Alvord: […]

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Ken Kimmell: Pruitt will not carry out the job of EPA Administrator to robustly enforce our environmental laws

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2017—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 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).  Below is […]

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Biden Announces Reduction in US Nuclear Stockpile, Expresses Support for No-First-Use Policy

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2017 – In a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Vice President Joe Biden announced that over the past year, the United States moved almost 500 weapons from the active stockpile of deployed and reserve weapons into the dismantlement queue—a reduction of roughly ten percent. “I’m pleased the administration made […]

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Legislature Passes Bill to Help California Water Users Fight Climate Change

OAKLAND, Calif. August 29, 2016—The Legislature today passed and sent to the governor a bill (SB 1425, Pavley) that would create a voluntary registry to track the heat-trapping pollution of California water users—primarily water suppliers and wastewater treatment facilities. The bill, which is sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), is needed because the […]

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California Climate-Safe Infrastructure Bill Passes Legislature, Awaits Governor’s Signature

OAKLAND, Calif. August 25, 2016—The California Legislature today passed Assembly Bill 2800 (Quirk, D-Hayward), a bill requiring the creation of a climate-safe infrastructure working group. If signed into law by Gov. Brown, it would help address a dangerous disconnect between engineering and climate science that threatens the safety and benefits of costly public infrastructure projects. […]

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