Ken Kimmell


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Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states. Prior to joining UCS in May 2014, Mr. Kimmell was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and served as chairman of the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. See Ken's full bio.

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The Truth About Pruitt’s EPA Lawsuits is Even Worse Than You Might Think

One well-reported thing about Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, is his penchant for filing lawsuits to block the EPA from enforcing clean air, clean water, and climate regulations, rather than suing polluters in his own state of Oklahoma.

This alone ought to provide ample grounds for rejecting his nomination. But a closer look at these lawsuits and the legal arguments Pruitt has advanced (or signed onto) tells an even more disturbing story. Read more >

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The Absurd, Illegal Logic Behind Trump’s “Two for One” Regulation Proposal

UPDATE (January 30, 2017): President Donald Trump has signed a reckless executive order requiring agencies to cut two rules for every new one issued. Read our response.  

The President-elect recently described in a Youtube video what he intends to do on his very first day in office. Among other things, he will issue a new command to all federal agencies: “if you want to issue a new regulation, you must repeal two existing ones.” Read more >

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Standing Strong for Science and Democracy

This election raised the specter of backsliding on the critical progress we’ve made on climate change and other vital issues—but in no sense did the voters grant the new president a mandate to turn back the clock. Read more >

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Republicans, Democrats, and Climate Change: A Success Story in Massachusetts

Conventional wisdom holds that the politics of climate change has become so polarized that bipartisan action is all but impossible.

Massachusetts has just deflated that balloon. Read more >

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Big Breakthrough for Big Rigs: The EPA’s New Fuel Economy Rule for Trucks

Every day, Americans rely on trucks. Thanks to a new rule from the EPA, those trucks are about to become a lot cleaner. Read more >

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