Ken Kimmell

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Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states. Prior to joining UCS in May 2014, Mr. Kimmell was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and served as chairman of the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. See Ken's full bio.

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State of the Union 2018
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State of the Union: The Values that Can Stop a Wrecking Ball Presidency

Trump’s presidency is a wrecking ball swinging at long-revered and essential norms and safeguards, widening the divide between Americans, and separating our country from the rest of the world. The values of kindness and decency, reverence for facts and expertise, and long-term thinking were not present in most of Mr. Trump’s speech last night. Read more >

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Pruitt’s War on the Planet and the EPA—and What Congress Can Do About It

Thus far, he hasn’t had to account for his actions—but a moment of accountability is nearing. Read more >

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Seven States Take Big Next Step on Climate: Here’s the What, Why, and How

Seven Northeast states just took a big step forward on climate change. They’re tackling transportation. Read more >

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Climate Change Goes to Court

In the United States today, the federal government has abdicated leadership on the central challenge of our time—global climate change. Congress has failed to enact a national climate change policy, and seems more divided on the issue than ever. Given this dereliction of duty, will courts now step in to fill this void?  Five recently filed suits—and some new work by climate scientists—suggest the answer could be yes. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

Tomorrow, the EPA is expected to take a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a sensible, flexible, cost-effective rule addressing one of one of the biggest sources of US carbon emissions, and one of the least expensive sources to control. Read more >

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