Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitics
The Trump Administration’s Hostility Toward Independent Expert Advice Spirals Out of Control
This is an attack on the way that facts and verified information feed into our government. Its very premise threatens our democracy.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Hurricane Florence Lessons Underscore Need for the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019
Congress has a critical opportunity now to reform the National Flood Insurance Program. Here are some of the lessons we can learn from recent hurricanes and other flood events that underscore the need.
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min readTech
Here’s Why New York Should Pass the CCPA
New York State is on the verge of passing one of the nation’s most ambitious economy-wide climate laws. The Community and Climate Protection Act, or CCPA, would not only require New York to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2040, but also pave the wa
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What Will DTE’s Electricity Future Look Like?
On June 20th, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is holding a public forum and information session on an important electricity planning process involving DTE Energy’s electric subsidiary. This is a key opportunity for residents and busines
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readScience
Winning at Climate Change: an Arctic and Boreal Story
Climate change is definitely not a competition, but if it were, arctic tundra and boreal forests would be crushing it by getting hotter and changing faster than the rest of the world.   Due to a phenomenon called Arctic amplification, these ecosystem
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Chevron Evades Questions About its History of Climate Disinformation
Although ExxonMobil has received the most attention for its early knowledge of climate science (spawning the hashtag #ExxonKnew), the entire petroleum industry knew its products would cause global warming.
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min read
HBO’s Chernobyl: A Fictionalized Representation of the True Horrors of Sidelining Science
HBO’s new five-episode miniseries “Chernobyl” at the time of this writing is the highest rated TV show on IMDB. I’ll say straight out that the show is a fictionalized account and that I recommend reading Forbes and the New Yorker’s summaries on what
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min readPolitics
One Thing You Can Do to Stand Up for Science This Week
The Scientific Integrity Act would give federal government scientists the right to share their research publicly and protect science in policy decisions from political manipulation—and you can help advance its progress. Today kicks off the National C
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min readPolitics
Under Our Noses: PFAS Contamination in Southern Colorado
I was born an only child in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1979. My father, who is a retired military officer, moved us from coast-to-coast and across the country until we finally returned home in 1989. By the time I was 20, I had traveled and seen pa
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Reality Bites: Fossil Fuel Companies Face Climate Liability Claims After Decades of Denial
Fossil fuel companies knew they were damaging the planet—and spent millions to mislead the public. Is the law about to catch up with them? In the just completed annual general meetings season, climate change was a top priority for investors. While co
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitics
Three Times EPA Administrator Wheeler Failed His Science Advisors This Week
I told E&E News before this week’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting that my concern was that Administrator Wheeler was using the board “as a box he needs to check off” on his path to deregulation. He called out my quote in his statement to th
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min read
Secretary Perdue is Moving The Cheese and It’s Not Good For Any Of Us
In a recent interview by the North Carolina News and Observer, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue discussed the current proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside Washington DC.
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min readSociety
Bury Myers’ NOAA Nomination
We became scientists to make discoveries and explore the unknown, not to wonder why science is rife with sexual harassment and discrimination. But that is not how our paths have gone. One of us (Dr. Willenbring) survived severe sexual harassment at a
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readPolitics
Wheeler’s Breathtaking Ignorance of Science, in One Comment
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler raised some eyebrows at yesterday's EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting with one particularly misguided statement.
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Will the Trump USDA Deliver on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Our New Report Shows What’s at Stake
Sixty percent of adults the United States are now living with one or more chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. That’s 150 million people—not counting millions of children and young adults—whose daily lives
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min readNutrition
“Big Food” Companies Spend Big Money in Hopes of Shaping the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The maker of Snickers, M&Ms, and Skittles has built a global conglomerate on sugar. The privately held Mars Incorporated let it be known earlier this year that it hopes to double its $35 billion annual revenue over the next decade, reportedly thr
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Understanding the New Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research, and Attacks on the Scientists Who Use It
If you want to understand the toxic and skewed discussion around the use of fetal tissue in research, the negative consequences for individual scientists and their work, and the consequences of these new restrictions, here are some good places to sta
Union of Concerned Scientists7 min readScience
Scientists Advocating For Climate Action In Oregon: Why We Are Stepping Up And Speaking Out
We are two climate scientists, currently teaching about climate change at two universities in Portland, Oregon. We are also two concerned scientists who understand the severe threats that climate change is posing to human well-being, as well as two c
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Climate Change and Human Health – The Win-Win of Tackling Air Pollution
The World Health Organization estimates that an alarming 7 million people die prematurely each year as a result of air pollution. To help tackle this issue, this year’s World Environment Day (June 5) is shining a spotlight on this environmental threa
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Votes of No-Confidence in ExxonMobil’s Climate Leadership
Before entering ExxonMobil’s annual meeting in Dallas last week, shareholders had to pass local activists holding a 100-foot-long banner with the message “Climate Crisis: #ExxonKnew—Make Them Pay.” I attended the meeting for the fourth year in a row
Union of Concerned Scientists2 min readPolitics
Put Them In, Coach: Why Sidelining the EPA’s Science Advisory Board Is a Disservice to Us All
The EPA’s key scientific sounding board, the Science Advisory Board (SAB), will be holding its first full public meeting of 2019 this week. And as Administrator Wheeler’s EPA continues to roll back policies that were informed by science or devise new
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
This Crazy Trick Could Help New Orleans Utility Customers Save Money
Over the past year or so, a lot of states with renewable portfolio standards (RPS) have opted to double down on that policy mechanism to set a path to 100% clean electricity. However, most jurisdictions in the deep south have been reticent to pass su
Union of Concerned Scientists4 min read
Let’s Stop Letting Minority Rule Give Us Science Fiction Abortion Laws
Missouri is still set to become the first state in over 45 years to not offer abortion as a part of healthcare. Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi have recently joined other states in not only limiting access to abortion (relying on misinformation), bu
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
La Energía Eólica Marina – 5 Próximos Pasos
El mundo de la energía eólica marina tiene bastante movida estos días.  Nueva legislación, nuevas propuestas para proyectos, nuevos mercados al punto de abrirse. El momento sigue creciendo. Este viernes pasado, por ejemplo, el estado de Massachusetts
Union of Concerned Scientists6 min read
The Billion-Dollar Coal Bailout Nobody Is Talking About: Self-Committing In Power Markets
Nearly two-thirds of the United States’ power plants operate in competitive wholesale markets.  Market rules typically prescribe that only the cheapest set of resources may run—nowadays, those are often renewable energy resources. Despite a growing t
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
My Testimony Before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
Last week I had the opportunity to testify before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, at a hearing on Creating a Climate Resilient America. I focused my remarks on the impacts of climate change already unfolding and projected to worsen
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Court Records Reveal Plan to Use Census for Racial Discrimination
Just weeks before the Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of placing a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, newly released documents from a federal trial demonstrate that Trump administration officials falsely testified about the J
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
It’s National Heat Awareness Day—Let’s Protect Farmworkers from Extreme Heat
The last Friday in May is National Heat Awareness Day. For those of us in parts of the country where summer has already arrived like a sack of bricks, you might be thinking “Don’t remind me!” I know that here in DC, my short morning commute is starti
Union of Concerned Scientists5 min read
Hurricane Season 2019: Global Warming, Forecasts, and Probabilities
According to NASA, 2018 was the 4th warmest year in a continued warming trend since record keeping began in the 1880’s, with temperatures 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.83 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean. And with it, a string of five c
Union of Concerned Scientists3 min read
Trump Administration Puts Offshore Oil Rig Workers’ Lives at Risk
The Trump administration is failing to consider scientific evidence in rolling back a rule intended to keep lives of offshore oil rig workers safe. These are the very workers that the Trump administration claims to care so much about. But evidence su
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