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As Typhoon Melor threatens the Philippines, a Filipino boy prepares a fishing net. Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Holding the Fossil Fuel Industry Accountable: What We’ve Done and Must Do in the Wake of Paris

, director of science & policy

As we celebrate the landmark Paris Agreement and the momentum it creates for accelerating the pace of clean energy adoption and climate preparedness in the U.S. and internationally, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) will also keep working to ensure that the fossil fuel industry does not stand in the way of needed progress.

Building on our successful efforts earlier this year to motivate BP and Royal Dutch Shell to leave the climate-science-denying American Legislative Exchange Council, here are a few recent outcomes from our climate accountability campaign: Read more >

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Who’s Against Healthy School Lunches for Kids? (No Really, Who Is?)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Debates about child nutrition and the quality of taxpayer-subsidized school lunches are heating up in the nation’s capital. Last week, the Partnership for a Healthier America (the non-profit spin-off of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative) held its annual summit here. And this week, the School Nutrition Association, a trade group representing 55,000 school food service professionals, is holding a DC conference complete with “lunch ladies” lobbying members of Congress. Sounds great, right? Read more >

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Big Sugar Is Watching You: Four Ways the Food Industry Is Trying to Rig the Game

, democracy analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

Most of us ask a doctor for advice about our health. We consult a dentist about care for our teeth. No one queries General Mills, the maker of sugary Lucky Charms and Betty Crocker cake mixes, for the latest science on diabetes or cardiovascular disease. And no one in their right mind calls up Coca-Cola or PepsiCo for evidence-based guidance on sugar and dental disease. Read more >

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The Proposed Bailout for Ohio’s Coal Plants: A Bad Idea Any Way You Look at It

, energy analyst

Ohio’s three biggest electricity providers are asking the state to approve a bailout plan that would force Ohioans to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra charges to keep some of the nation’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient power plants operating. If the proposals are approved, electricity costs for Ohioans will rise as consumers are forced to pay extra to maintain the Buckeye State’s risky over-reliance on coal. Read more >

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Debunking an Attack on Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan: NERA Study Falsely Inflates Costs

, energy analyst

A recent study conducted by NERA Economic Consulting — funded in part by fossil fuel industry trade groups — falsely inflates the cost of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan by denying energy efficiency’s proven ability to save consumers money. Here’s what they got wrong, and why it matters. Read more >

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