Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

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Erika Spanger-Siegfried, a senior analyst in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, researches, writes and speaks about U.S. climate change impacts and preparedness.She holds a master’s degree in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University and a B.S. in fisheries biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.. See Erika's full bio.

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How Does Your Whiteness Inform Your Climate Work? Fair Question.

This past weekend, I had the honor and challenge of presenting at the Fifth Annual Climate Conference of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). For the past three years, UCS has been proud to be one of the sponsors of this summit at Dillard University, in New Orleans, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support it in years to come.

For me personally, this year’s event took an important turn when a Howard University student stood up and posed a good, hard question: How does your whiteness inform your work on climate change? Read more >

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A sign from the Stand Up for Science rally in Boston, February 2017. Photo: Audrey Eyring/UCS

Dear Scott Pruitt: Stop Lying. We See What You Are Doing.

Scott Pruitt is not a climate skeptic. He’s not a climate denier. He’s not unclear on the science, or if he is it’s out of willful ignorance. And in these times it seems especially important to call a lie a lie, and a liar a liar. Read more >

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NOAA’s coastal data and research are vital to the efforts of coastal communities to plan and prepare for coastal change, including rising seas. Photo: NOAA

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Hurting NOAA Hurts America

Here’s a simple recipe for angering millions of Americans: take away something they heavily depend on. News reports this weekend indicate that the Trump administration is proposing to do just that by making deep cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) budget. Congress would be wise to get a handle on what these cuts mean and ensure they are dead on arrival. Read more >

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Resist this: The Trump Administration’s Control+Alt+Delete Strategy on Climate Change

The first days of the Trump Administration have caught many of us by surprise with the volume of contestable statements, controversial orders, and provocative media appearances. Amidst this, the administration’s attacks on science are now fully underway.

At least, though, we’re clearer now what their climate change strategy is going to be, and can more effectively organize to fight it. Read more >

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Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson and “We’ll Adapt” to Climate Change: Millionaire Oilmen Say the Darndest Things

People tell me that Rex Tillerson stands a good chance of being confirmed as Secretary of State this month. In the spirit of not going quietly, Senators should press him on many fronts, not least his statements about climate change adaptation. When Rex Tillerson says we’ll just have to adapt to climate change—whether it’s hubris, ignorance, or deception talking—it’s a dangerous view. It’s playing with other people’s lives. Read more >

Photo: Center for Strategic and International Studies
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