With primaries underway across the country in advance of the November elections, it’s a good time to chat with Michael Latner, an associate professor at California Polytechnic State University and UCS’s first Kendall voting rights fellow. Michael’s award-winning academic work has largely focused on how redistricting, gerrymandering and electoral laws influence political representation. During his two-year UCS fellowship, he has broadened the scope of his research to include the impact of electoral system bias on public health and environmental protection, two key UCS priorities. Read more >
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December 12, 2019 2:16 PM EDT
Taking the right steps now will make our electricity grid cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable. Read more >
December 11, 2019 11:00 AM EDT
This month’s Ask a Scientist column takes a look at how the revolution in energy storage technology has the potential to wean the United States off fossil fuel-powered electricity and—if implemented correctly—lower residential electric bills, strengthen resilience to power outages, and clean up the air in communities where dirty power plants are usually located. Read more >
November 12, 2019 10:10 AM EDT
Communities are fighting against longstanding injustices and science is proving to be a powerful tool. For example, scientific research can provide evidence of the threat posed by toxic air and water emissions, corroborating community concerns about the impact of pollution. Communities can then use this evidence to lobby lawmakers to enact policies that protect them from pollution. Scientists also can suggest potential solutions that, in conjunction with community viewpoints and expertise, increase the chance that public officials will enact policies that are equitable and evidence-based. Scientists have an extraordinary opportunity to partner with community groups and apply their work to promoting equity and justice. Read more >
October 23, 2019 8:56 AM EDT
ExxonMobil says it believes “the risk of climate change is real” and it is “committed to being part of the solution.” The largest investor-owned oil company in the world also says it supports a federal carbon tax and the Paris climate agreement.
Then why, after all these years, is the company still financing advocacy groups, think tanks and business associations that reject the reality and seriousness of the climate crisis, as well as members of Congress who deny the science and oppose efforts to rein in carbon emissions?