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Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program Off to a Great Start

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP) was initially authorized by the legislature in 2009, with subsequent legislation in 2015 allowing the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fully implement the program in 2016. The program’s goals are to foster the development of an in-state market for cleaner fuel by requiring that transportation fuels used in Oregon get steadily less-polluting over the next decade. The program completed a very successful first year, but it remains under attack, so it’s a great time to review how the policy is working, and its prospects for the future. Read more >

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Why One Midwestern Scientist Will March for Climate Justice in Washington

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

With the Trump Administration’s recent attacks on climate policy, the proposed cuts to the EPA’s budget, and numerous attacks on science it’s no surprise that people are outraged and want to stand up for science and fight for climate justice.

That’s why the Union of Concerned Scientists joined the Steering Committee of the People’s Climate Movement, which is a project of dozens of organizations working together to solve the climate crisis. The People’s Climate March will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Washington DC which marks Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. We must push back against the Trump administration’s agenda and at the same time push forward on our vision of a cleaner and safer world. Read more >

Photo: Michael O'Brien/CC BY-NC (Flickr)
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Survey Shows Abundant Snow, But Will it Stick?

, climate scientist

Today’s snow survey confirms abundant snow in the Sierra Nevada. But, early snowmelt will cause flooding and require reservoirs to spill excess water that could threaten safety of California dams in the weeks to come. It’s time to stop looking up to the mountains for our water supply and start paying attention to our aquifers. Read more >

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President Trump landing on USS Gerald R. Ford, March 2, 2017.

President Trump’s Visit to Newport News, VA and His Speech Aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford: The Climate Connection

, Climate Preparedness Specialist

Yesterday President Trump visited Newport News Shipbuilding and delivered a speech aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford underscoring that he will be strong on defense and will increase defense spending by $54 billion. While the story in the headlines center on proposed increases in defense spending, the story that you didn’t hear about yesterday is that major military assets, including in the Hampton Roads area, are at increasing risk from sea level rise due to climate change. And President Trump has thus far refused to acknowledge that threat to military readiness. Read more >

Photo: Ian Swoveland
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Photo: Patrick Venenoso/UNESCO

Destinations at Risk: Iconic World Heritage Sites Across the Globe Vulnerable to Climate Change

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

I’ve spent a lot of time during the last year researching the impacts of climate change on World Heritage sites. What I’ve found has shocked me. Read more >

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