Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sometimes, the Good Guys Win

In recent years, the manipulation, suppression, and distortion of federal government science has misinformed the public and jeopardized our health and safety. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has worked hard and achieved much against such overwhelming odds.

achievements of the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2008:

Global Warming - More than 12,000 UCS activists have already signed a petition urging the new administration to work with Congress on a comprehensive clean energy plan that will curb global warming and grow the economy.

Clean Energy - Critical federal incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy were set to expire at the end of 2008, but, with the help of Union of Concerned Scientists supporters, Congress extended them as part of an emergency economic stimulus package.

Clean Vehicles - In December, the Detroit automakers went to Capitol Hill for an emergency influx of cash, and UCS was called in to testify. We played a key role in encouraging Congress to link any U.S. auto industry financial assistance to increased fuel standards.

Scientific Integrity - As 2008 drew to a close, UCS released our scientific integrity agenda for the next president—based in part on your input—and shared it in multiple meetings with the president-elect’s transition team.

Food & Agriculture - In the waning hours of the Bush administration, UCS kept an eye on last-minute regulatory changes. Thousands of UCS activists objected to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal to weaken oversight of genetically engineered crops, particularly those grown to produce drugs and industrial chemicals.

Nuclear Weapons & Global Security - Over the last three years, solid technical analysis combined with the persistent advocacy efforts of UCS activists like you have effectively derailed two massive government programs—Complex Transformation and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership—which posed serious risks to our nation’s security.

Invasive Species - UCS recently released a new report: Invasive Species in Ohio: Pathways, Policies and Costs. This comprehensive report accompanies our previous reports on the effects of damaging non-native species on several states’ economies, environments, and public health.

For more information on any of these initiatives, please visit the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists

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