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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How the Green New Deal Can Unify Rather than Divide Us

The key is to define the Green New Deal before the caricatures stick, by showing that, while it is ambitious, it is realistic and affordable. Read more >

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50 Years of Science In Action

Today is a very special day–the 50th anniversary of the Union of Concerned Scientists.  As a proud leader of this great organization for five of these fifty years, I would like to share my reflections, which are excerpts from a 50th anniversary speech I gave a few weeks ago.

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Two Years in, and the State of Our Union Is Weakened—but It’ll Be Strong Again

We have a weakened president, a resurgent House of Representatives, new governors committed to state-level progress, and an engaged and mobilized public. Read more >

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A Big Win on Climate Change and Clean Transportation

If you would like to be inspired by an example of states working together on an ambitious plan to address climate change, read on—the following is a big deal! Read more >

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Nuclear power carries unique costs and benefits as an energy source.

Why We’re Taking a Hard Look at Nuclear Power Plant Closures

Nuclear power plants are controversial, for legitimate reasons. But we need to make hard choices. Read more >

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