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Who Not to Pick for the EPA’s Science Advisory Board

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In its effort to fill fifteen positions on the Science Advisory Board, the EPA has posted a list of 132 nominees to be a part of the esteemed EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is a group of over forty scientists, experts in a range of disciplines, who provide peer review and expert advice on EPA issue areas.

While many of the nominees are highly qualified and distinguished in their fields, there are a handful of individuals that are extremely concerning due to their direct financial conflicts, their lack of experience and/or their historical opposition to the work of the EPA in advancing its mission to protect public health and the environment.

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American Petroleum Institute Regresses with All Fossils, All the Time Plan

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The oil lobbying group’s annual report on energy in the U.S. is out, and it’s a step backwards on climate change. While API’s 2015 State of American Energy report for the first time touted a host of clean energy options, the 2016 one is back to all fossils, all the time. Read more >

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Here’s What Will Happen with the EPA Ozone Rule

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Sometime in the next few weeks, the EPA will release its long awaited final rule on ambient ground-level ozone. It hasn’t happened yet, but there are some clues as to what the agency will do and how others will react.  Here’s how I see it going down and what that means for the country.  Read more >

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Shell Promises Climate Risk Disclosure to Shareholders, but What About Its Political Spending?

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

UPDATE, May 15, 2015:

At Shell’s Annual General Meeting on May 19, investors will consider a shareholder resolution calling for greater disclosure of the risks climate change poses to the company’s bottom line. Shell’s call for shareholders to unanimously approve this resolution is noteworthy for its strong endorsement of investors’ demands for greater transparency around the company’s political activities on climate change. Read more >

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New UCS Report: Companies Can Anonymously Influence Climate Policy Through Their Business and Trade Associations

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today we release our new report, Tricks of the Trade: How Companies Influence Climate Policy Through Business and Trade Associations. In the report we found that many companies choose not to be transparent about their affiliations with trade and business associations, even when the information is publicly available. In addition, we found that when companies did choose to disclose their trade group board seats, many claimed to disagree with their associations’ positions on climate change, raising questions about who trade groups are actually representing on climate policy. Read more >

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