climate policy


Science is Alive and Well in Maine

Ivan J. Fernandez, Professor and Scientist, , UCS

Over the past four years in the United States there has been an undeniable weakening of the role that science plays in climate change policy and beyond. Here in Maine, the prior governor all but halted efforts to address climate change in Maine despite the evidence at hand. However, if we have learned anything from COVID-19, it is that when the forces of nature and society line up, for good or bad, things can happen fast. Read more >

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Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy

Jennie C. Stephens, Director of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, , UCS

Trained in environmental science and engineering, I have been working on climate and energy for over 25 years. My professional experiences as a woman in this technical field have taught me that the inadequacy of our efforts to respond to the climate crisis—our inability to end fossil fuel reliance and transition to a renewable-based society—is not due to a lack of technological innovation or scientific expertise. Rather, our ineffectiveness results from a lack of investment and attention to social innovation and social justice. To fix that, we need an inclusive and integrative approach to climate and energy policy. Read more >

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Trade Groups Must Be Challenged for Their Harmful Climate Deception

, climate accountability campaign director

No company should get kudos for splashy climate pledges unless it also insists that the industry groups it supports are working toward its stated climate goals. Read more >

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Shell Inches Forward on Climate Action

, climate accountability campaign director

Royal Dutch Shell yesterday announced an update to its climate “ambitions,” stating that the company aims to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, if not sooner. While Shell explicitly seeks to bring net global warming emissions from its operations to zero by mid-century, the company’s pathway for reaching net zero emissions from the use of its products is less clear. Read more >

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Three Reasons Investors Should Give ExxonMobil’s 2020 Climate Report the Thumbs-Down

, climate accountability campaign director

Yesterday, ExxonMobil quietly published its 2020 Energy & Carbon Summary, the company’s latest report in response to rising shareholder demands for improved climate risk disclosure. While the report came without fanfare, you can bet that ExxonMobil will be hammering away at these talking points in the lead-up to its annual general meeting in late May. My hot-take: investors should not be duped by this slick, self-serving attempt by the oil and gas giant to claim that it’s doing its part to address climate change. Here are three reasons why. Read more >

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