Julie McNamara

Energy analyst

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Julie McNamara is an energy analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she analyzes state, regional, and national policies relating to clean energy development and deployment. Ms. McNamara holds an M.S. in technology and policy from MIT, and a B.A. in biology and political economy from Williams College. See Julie's full bio.

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With Headlines Elsewhere, Administration Offers Just ONE Day For Public Input on Major Climate Rule

It is a stunning abdication of agency mission, an overt rejection of underlying statute, a blatant favoring of special interests over the well-being of the public. Read more >

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Getting the Facts Right on Washington’s I-1631

Oil-backed opposition to 1631 is loudly spreading falsehoods. We’re correcting them. Read more >

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Hurricane Florence Threatens East Coast Electricity Infrastructure

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Mid Atlantic and by every measure it’s poised to be an extremely dangerous event—lashing winds, storm surge reaching 9 to 13 feet, and inland flooding from 20 to 30 inches of rain, and possibly even 40 inches in select locations. All this will be occurring in an area that has been experiencing above-average precipitation, meaning saturated soils less able to absorb incoming water and trees that are more likely to fall.

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Trump Administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule Is Anything But

If there’s one thing you need to know about the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Trump Administration’s new proposal for limiting carbon emissions from power plants, it’s this: ACE was not designed to reduce emissions; ACE was designed to boost generation from coal plants.

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A Power Plan No More: Trump Team Slaps Down Progress, Clears Way for Dirty Air

Today, with the legal system pinning its back on the ropes, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new proposed rule for power plant carbon pollution standards.

Or perhaps more accurately, EPA proposed a new version of an old rule, as the content retreads that which the agency already finalized three years ago, previewed four years ago, was directed to pursue five years ago, and solidified the obligation to create nearly ten years ago.

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