Juan Declet-Barreto

Kendall Science Fellow

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Juan Declet-Barreto is a joint Kendall Science Fellow for the UCS Climate & Energy program and the Center for Science and Democracy. He partners with environmental justice groups and activists to research the potential effects of carbon trading on disadvantaged communities, as individual states begin implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. See Juan's full bio.

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Science Just Saved My Daughter—The Most Important Reason Why I #StandUpForScience

The morning of April 4, 2017 began with excitement. My family and I were ready to fly to Boston, where we were to meet up with friends and their children at the geography conference. Our five-month old baby Amaia had lost some weight and been all kinds of fussy over the last two weeks, so we stopped to see her doctor in the morning thinking she would get some antibiotics for a stomach bug and we would be on our way. Read more >

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Marchemos en defensa de nuestro clima, nuestro ambiente y nuestra salud

Ante los embates en contra de las protecciones a la salud, educación, empleo, derechos constitucionales y ambiente, la población de EEUU ha respondido con un reclamo multitudinario y amplio en claro rechazo a las posturas anti-científicas y de odio del Presidente Trump y su gabinete. La necesidad de reducir de manera inmediata y con herramientas científicas los causantes del cambio climático es uno de los reclamos que más resuenan entre amplios sectores de la población. El cambio climático afecta los empleos, la salud humana, el bolsillo y el bienestar de generaciones presentes y futuras en nuestro planeta. Read more >

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Defending Science Is Not Only for Scientists—It’s for All Who Care About Clean Air, Water, and Soil

The Union of Concerned Scientists is committed to watchdogging the Trump administration’s attacks on science and the safeguards that keep our water, soil, and air clean.  Since the inauguration of President Trump, we have seen how the administration has fired all cannons on deck to gut protections from the ravaging effects of climate change as well as from air, soil, and water contaminants. For example, a few minutes after the inauguration, all mentions of climate change from the White House’s website were taken down (but were archived here). This week, the Environmental Protection Agency has been effectively gagged and immobilized under orders to suspend all social media contacts, and freeze grants and not talk about it. Read more >

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Pruitt EPA Appointment Ominous for Environmental Justice Communities

Contempt for the EPA’s mission and prioritizing the interests of fossil fuel industries are incompatible with ensuring protection of communities on the frontlines of climate impacts and environmental pollution. After all, the Environmental Protection Agency’s fundamental mission is to “protect human health and the environment—air, water, and land”. So it’s a little mind-boggling to see how Scott Pruitt—President-elect Trump’s pick for the agency’s top job—will fulfill that mission if he is confirmed to the post. Read more >

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RGGI Review: An Opportunity to Include Environmental Justice in Emissions Market Design

Confronting climate change, reducing emissions that warm the planet, and protecting the health of the most vulnerable are increasingly recognized as environmental justice issues.  As the blatant disregard for both drinking water and the welfare of people of Flint, Michigan, recently showed us, communities on the frontlines of environmental pollution are actively demanding redress of environmental inequities. In Massachusetts and elsewhere in the Northeast, discussions around leading multi-state efforts to combat climate change are an opportunity to bring these issues front and center. Read more >

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