Fossil Fuels


The First Three Reasons Senators Should Oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA

, director of Climate & Energy

President-elect Trump has promised to return the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to its original mission to deliver clean air and ‘crystal clear’ water.  The EPA was established by President Nixon in 1970 because “Our national government today is not structured to make a coordinated attack on the pollutants which debase the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that grows our food.” Those pollutants primarily come from the burning of fossil fuels in cars, trucks, and industrial sources like power plants and refineries.  We need an EPA Administrator that will take us forward, to tackle the pollution challenges of today, and not take us back by weakening existing standards. Read more >

Photos by Leroy Woodson and Frank Aleksandrowicz, NARA
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Devil Is in the Details for This Massive Trade Deal

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

Finally, after six years of negotiation, and a final agreement reached late last year, the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is making the headlines. All the four major presidential candidates oppose it, perhaps the only issue on which they’ve shown agreement. Read more >

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Who Should Decide What Happens When Scientists Violate Conflict of Interest Rules?

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Scientists and institutions are under increasing scrutiny to be more transparent, especially when they publish research that has bearing on major public policy debates, and with good reason: funding can influence how studies are conducted and results are presented. It’s not easy though; when it comes to disclosure of conflicts of interest, practices vary across scientific disciplines, journals and institutions, and the lines regarding what should be disclosed are sometimes blurry. Read more >

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Minnesota Scientists, Engineers, Economists, and Health Professionals Support Clean Energy

Dr. Lee Frelich
, , UCS

Minnesota has an important opportunity this year to continue its leadership on clean energy.  I, along with 54 other Minnesota scientists, engineers, economists, and health professionals, support requiring 40 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar, by the year 2030. Read more >

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Gina McCarthy, the Power Plant Carbon Standards, and Reducing the Risk of Power Outages

, , senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The EPA’s new power plant carbon standards are a potential climate game changer for a whole lot of reasons, given how much fossil-fueled power plants contribute to global warming. And in her speech unveiling the proposed standards on Monday, in talking about what global warming means for the power sector, rather than the other way around, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy nailed it. Read more >

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