Kathleen Rest

Executive director

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As executive director of UCS, Dr. Kathleen Rest leads the organization, overseeing programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security. See Kathleen's full bio.

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We’re All in This Together: Support and Solidarity for Our Heroes on the Front Lines

As COVID-19 continues its exponential growth here at home, there is plenty of material to post in my Profiles in Cowardice series — like the confusion, disinformation and rosy forecasts coming from the White House on a daily basis. Or the unconscionable lack of testing and the unpardonable delays in getting basic protections to our nation’s workers who are putting themselves on the front-line of this pandemic every day. I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin.

So, I am shifting the frame today to Profiles in Courage.

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Profiles in Cowardice: Oregon Lawmakers Run Away from Climate Action. Literally.

Last week, 11 Republican senators walked off the job in Oregon and took to the hills; they literally ran away in order to prevent a vote on a climate bill (SB1530) that would phase in tighter restrictions on carbon emissions. Read more >

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Book Review: The Triumph of Doubt Exposes the Disinformation Playbook in Action

“The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception” is a no-holds barred page-turner. In story after story, author David Michaels chronicles how major industries use and misuse science and co-opt scientists to manufacture doubt about scientific evidence and put public health at risk. Read more >

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How the Trump Administration Plans to Gut Our Nation’s Bedrock Environmental Law

Make no mistake. This is a very big deal. President Trump has launched one of his most destructive assaults yet on our nation’s environmental and public safeguards. Read more >

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Profiles in Cowardice: Chemicals, Climate, and a Toxic Disregard by the Trump Administration

A new report from FEMA completely ignores climate change. The administration and Congress block efforts to protect the public from PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” which have contaminated drinking water supplies across the country. Two more striking examples of cowardice from our elected leaders. Read more >

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