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Jun 24 7 tweets 2 min read
The public health implications of overturning #RoeVsWade are clear: it means pregnant people will needlessly suffer. act.ucsusa.org/3ndb6mk The policy decisions following this ruling that restrict reproductive health will ignore what the best available science tells us about how to best protect people.
Jan 7 6 tweets 3 min read
Yesterday we talked about the threat the events of Jan. 6 posed to our democracy. But #Jan6 also highlighted a threat to our entire planet. Why? Outdated and dangerous policies give @POTUS sole authority to launch a nuclear strike & no one can stop it once issued. (🧵) – Two days after the capitol riot, concerns about then-president Trump led House Speaker Pelosi to ask the head of the US military, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, about "preventing an unstable president from...ordering a nuclear strike. politico.com/news/2021/01/0…
Sep 21, 2021 9 tweets 8 min read
The House Oversight Committee has called on major fossil fuel company CEOs and lobbying groups to appear before Congress on 10/28 & answer for their #ClimateDisinformation campaigns. They have until 9/23 to confirm. RT this thread to keep the pressure on. act.ucsusa.org/3Ewiu3A .@Chevron CEO Michael Wirth must commit NOW to appearing before Congress. It’s time to answer for Big Oil’s decades of #ClimateDeception. act.ucsusa.org/3zoNFtP
Jun 2, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Today, California's @AirResources held a workshop on electric truck infrastructure. Investments in charging infrastructure and deployment of electric trucks are critical, as is a strong Advanced Clean Fleets Rule, to getting zero-emission trucks on the road. A strong electric truck fleet rule will create certainty in the heavy-duty charging infrastructure marketplace & send a clear signal that we must continue momentum on the investment & buildout of zero-emission fueling tech. #ElectricTrucksNow @mslianeran ElectricTrucksNow.com
Jun 2, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Hurricane season officially started yesterday. In the lower 48 states, there are 126 counties at risk of storm surge from a Category 5 hurricane, according to NOAA. Based on our analysis, just 36% of eligible people across those counties is fully vaccinated. The Gulf Coast is home to hundreds of large petrochemical plants, oil wells and refineries, and Superfund sites containing large quantities of toxic material. Every hurricane strike has the potential to expose people in the area to even greater concentrations of toxic chemicals.
Jan 21, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
We are encouraged by the Biden administration’s initial actions and science-based plan to address the #COVID crisis, but recognize that ALL OF US must act to bring the virus under control and prevent more needless deaths. int.nyt.com/data/documentt… Science clearly shows that masking up and social distancing are essential to bringing the virus under control. Requiring masks on all federal property is a good step, but EVERYBODY should be wearing a mask in public, no matter where they are. act.ucsusa.org/39dmrNt
Oct 1, 2020 17 tweets 7 min read
Here's a good piece by @izzieramirez@vicenews highlighting environmental justice! Thank you for including UCS. We wanted to take this opportunity to clarify UCS is not primarily an environmental justice org & why it's important to uplift orgs that are. vice.com/en/article/jgx… Grassroots environmental justice groups often have to struggle for funding and attention, even as they’re representing the communities most overburdened by environmental issues. It’s important these groups get the credit.
Sep 11, 2020 9 tweets 4 min read
Meet Dr. Scott Atlas, who has effectively replaced Dr. Anthony Fauci as the chief science advisor to the White House’s #Coronavirus Task Force. forbes.com/sites/mattpere… Dr. Atlas is unqualified for the job, has no background in epidemiology as a radiologist, and is pushing pandemic policies not backed by evidence. He is actively advocating for a “herd immunity” strategy that would needlessly endanger the lives of people. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Sep 10, 2020 9 tweets 3 min read
California's Bay Area wakes up to disorienting orange skies. By raising temperatures, melting snow sooner, and drying soils and forests, climate change is fueling #Wildfires. Here’s a thread on what the science shows. twitter.com/i/events/13037… #1: Wildfires are getting worse. Since 2015, the United States has experienced, on average, roughly 100 more large wildfires every year than the year before. Image
Sep 9, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Charleston, South Carolina just became the first city in the US South to take fossil fuel companies to court for their role in climate change. #MakePollutersPay thestate.com/news/local/cri… Under current trajectory, over 1,600 homes in Charleston are at risk for chronic flooding in the next 25 years and over 7,000 are at risk by the end of the century. Residents shouldn’t be on the hook for the costs of climate change while Big Oil profits. ucsusa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries…
Aug 21, 2020 9 tweets 4 min read
THREAD🧵: In July, the Trump administration abruptly told the CDC to stop collecting and publicly sharing current data on #COVID19 hospitalizations, ICU beds, and PPE. The results have been as predictable—and unacceptable—as expected: nytimes.com/2020/07/14/us/… Image COVID data collection shifted to a third-party under Health & Human Services and subject to potential political influence. The firm has repeatedly refused to answer questions about its contract & data collection, which—unlike the CDC—are not fully public. nytimes.com/2020/08/14/us/…
Jul 30, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
The Trump admin’s EPA has launched a new attack on the #CleanAirAct, this time by reinventing math. Tell the EPA to not sideline the science that supports strong air pollution standards. File a comment by Monday, August 3. Protect our clean air today! act.ucsusa.org/2PaLl5a Why is the admin messing with math? Because the science on air pollution is inconvenient for powerful industries who want to roll back public protections. @GretchenTG and @_aploy explain: blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/h…
Jul 23, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
We condemn the Trump administration's slide toward autocracy and its flagrant abuses of power. We call on Congress and policymakers of conscience, of all political parties, to stand up for our democracy and uphold their oath of office by speaking out against and taking steps to counter the president’s dangerous actions. Call your member of Congress at 833-277-4075. Image
Jul 15, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
The Trump administration weakened the National Environmental Policy Act today, putting communities and ecosystems at risk. act.ucsusa.org/3euHaev “At a time when we need to be prioritizing health, justice and the long-term well-being of our communities, the Trump administration is speeding in the opposite direction.” act.ucsusa.org/3euHaev
Jun 30, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Happening RIGHT NOW: The visionary Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, is on the House floor. This bill would create jobs and address climate change. Urge your Representative to #ActOnClimate and vote YES on #HR2. act.ucsusa.org/3idsELs BREAKING: The US House has passed the Moving Forward Act, #HR2. We are particularly excited about the parts of the bill that help transition to vehicle electrification, deploy #CleanEnergy, and build resilience into our infrastructure. Read more: act.ucsusa.org/2BYDGmW
Jun 15, 2020 6 tweets 10 min read
PRESS RELEASE: The National Black Environmental Justice Network Relaunches to Address Growing Threats to Black Communities: ow.ly/b9bz30qOvjr @nbejn1 #NBEJN #NBEJNisBack #NBEJNisBlack #RacialJustice #COVID19 #ICantBreathe #BlackLivesMatter #HealthEquity #ClimateJustice The @nbejn1 is back because more Black Americans breathe in far more deadly air pollution than they are responsible for making: pbs.org/newshour/healt… #NBEJN #COVID19 #BlackLivesMatter
Jun 3, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
In support of ongoing protests and in response to the Trump admin’s violent rhetoric and unacceptable and unconstitutional threat to use military force against the people of the US exercising their first amendment rights, we issue the following statement: act.ucsusa.org/2XyNCfD We condemn the racism that persists in the United States and the racist actions of the Trump administration, which are literally killing Black and brown people across the country.

We stand for our democracy, our Constitution, and our first amendment rights.
May 29, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
We need independent information to protect public health, not political manipulation of CDC recommendations for keeping people safe. By overruling and removing CDC advice, the White House is putting lives at risk. washingtonpost.com/health/white-h… This isn’t the first time the White House has interfered with CDC recommendations. At the end of April, the White House blocked the release of a CDC report that provided detailed science-based recs on how to reopen communities safely during the #COVID19. act.ucsusa.org/3bQYBor
May 22, 2020 11 tweets 5 min read
Reopening the US safely during an ongoing pandemic will require plans informed by science. But many states are sidelining science to downplay health risks of reopening - this is extremely dangerous. Here is what we’ve seen so far (a thread).🧵 Georgia posted a graph (now corrected) showing a decline in cases by misaligning dates. Such a manipulation of data is an integrity violation in the academic community – you’d be fired and never see a job in academia again. i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/05/19/…
May 19, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
We've compared White House press briefings during #COVID19 and past outbreaks. The current admin has not only pushed experts out but has actually delivered inaccurate & contradictory messages! This only puts more lives at risk. Full factsheet: act.ucsusa.org/2Xf9c7v Compared to previous administrations who have faced disease outbreaks, under the current admin we're hearing less from experts and more from political leaders. Image
May 18, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
1) The #coronavirus pandemic is seriously impacting the #2020Election and making it more essential for people around the country to exercise their democratic right to vote. The upcoming primary is an opportunity tackle global warming, nuclear weapons, and support truth. 2) If you are registered to vote in DE, OR, HI, DC, MT, RI, SD, WV, or NY, you should receive a ballot in the mail for your upcoming primary (if you haven’t already). We urge you to exercise your right by using your #MailInBallots. You can learn more at: rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/na…