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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For Washington Voters, I-1631 is a Chance to Tackle Climate Change Head On

The magnitude of the climate challenge is daunting; a constellation of causes and impacts, promising no simple fix. But a new proposal in Washington state has identified a powerful place to start. I-1631, on the ballot this November, is grounded in the reality that to truly address climate change today, it’s simply no longer enough to drive down carbon emissions—communities must now also be readied for climate impacts, including those already at hand, and all those still to come. Read more >

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Trump Administration Takes Aim at Public Health Protections

In a new regulatory effort, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims to be working to increase consistency and transparency in how it considers costs and benefits in the rulemaking process. Don’t be fooled. Under the cover of these anodyne goals, the agency is in fact trying to pursue something far more nefarious. Indeed, what the EPA is actually working to do is formalize a process whereby the decision of whether or not to go ahead with a rule is permanently tilted in industry’s favor. How? By slashing away at what the agency can count as “benefits,” resulting in a full-on broadside to public health. Read more >

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Ever Heard of Microgrids? They’re Awesome—Here’s Why

Most people rely on a massive centralized power system. It doesn’t have to be that way. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt’s Incredible, Perpetual, Public Time-Wasting Machine

How low can this man go… Read more >

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Spate of Nor’easters Rips Down Wires, Sparks Calls to Do Better

Two weeks, and three jarring reminders of how dependent we are on the power grid—and just how vulnerable that grid is to failure. Let now be a reminder that we can and must do better. Read more >

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