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US Reps to Oil Giants: Did You Fund Climate Change Denial?

CEOs of major fossil fuel companies — including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Peabody Energy and BP — have received letters from a group of US congress people asking them if they were involved in efforts to “spread disinformation about climate science.” The letter, signed by 45 Democratic representatives, follows a … Read more »

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Big Rig Standard Could Save Biggest Trucking Fleets $1.7bn

FedEx, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and UPS — five of the country’s biggest trucking fleets — could cut their fuel use by 500 million gallons a year under the new heavy duty truck fuel efficiency standard, saving $1.7 billion on fuel, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists study. The EPA and … Read more »

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Will Shell Leave ALEC?

The Union of Concerned Scientists is pressuring Shell to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council, a coalition of corporations and state legislators that opposes environmental regulations and clean energy policies. In a blog post, the science advocacy group says the oil giant’s rhetoric doesn’t match its involvement with ALEC. The … Read more »

EPA Underestimates Renewables in Clean Power Plan, Report Says

EPA Underestimates Renewables in Clean Power Plan, Report Says

States can cost-effectively produce almost twice as much renewable electricity as the EPA calculated they could under its proposed Clean Power Plan, according to a proposal from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The science group found that increased renewable electricity growth could allow states to collectively cut heat-trapping carbon emissions … Read more »

Big Rigs Can Cut Fuel Consumption 40%, ACEEE Says

Big Rigs Can Cut Fuel Consumption 40%, ACEEE Says

Fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks could achieve a reduction in average new truck fuel consumption of at least 40 percent by 2025 from 2010 levels, according to a fact sheet by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and four other groups. The EPA … Read more »

‘Greenest Automaker’ Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda

‘Greenest Automaker’ Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda

Hyundai-Kia wins the title of “greenest automaker,” unseating Honda, which came in second, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) latest Automaker Rankings report. Toyota, Nissan, and Volkswagen tied for third place. UCS says all eight of the best-selling automakers showed improvements in the 2014 rankings, which measure the … Read more »

Colgate-Palmolive Adds to Palm Oil Policy

Colgate-Palmolive has issued a new Policy on No Deforestation, including a pledge to achieve full traceability of its palm oil supply back to the plantation by 2015. The policy commits the company to responsibly source forest commodities of pulp and paper, palm oil, soy and beef tallow. The move follows … Read more »

General Mills Commits to Sustainable Palm Oil

General Mills said it will source 100 percent of its palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by 2015, a commitment it first made in 2010. The announcement closely follows the scoring of consumer brands for sustainable palm oil made by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In that scoring, … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Union of Concerned Scientists, E-Waste Systems, WateReuse

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Union of Concerned Scientists: The advocacy group has named Kenneth L. Kimmell as its new president. Kimmell will leave his post as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to take the job starting in early May. E-Waste Systems: The electronic waste … Read more »

Mars Extends Sustainable Palm Oil Push

Mars announced a new palm oil sourcing policy that will require all of its suppliers to have a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply by the end of 2015. The company also has demanded its suppliers make this commitment to its sourcing charter by end of this year, joining … Read more »

Scorecard Says Palm Oil Commitments Absent or Incomplete

Twenty-four out of 30 top companies in the packaged food, fast food and personal care industries have inadequate commitments or lack commitments altogether for sourcing sustainable palm oil for their products, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). A scorecard, Donuts, Deodorant and Deforestation: Scoring America’s Top Brands on … Read more »

Renewables Can Cut Power Plants’ Water Use 97% by 2050

Renewables Can Cut Power Plants’ Water Use 97% by 2050

Investing in renewables and energy efficiency could reduce power plants’ water withdrawals by 97 percent from current levels by 2050 and cut carbon emissions 90 percent from current levels, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists-led Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3). Most of … Read more »