Timeline: UCS Accomplishments in the 2000s


  • UCS issues a ground-breaking report, ultimately endorsed by some 17,000 U.S. scientists, exposing dozens of examples of political interference in science during the George W. Bush administration. The report alerts the nation to the issue of scientific integrity in policymaking and leads the organization to develop an agenda of solutions that are embraced by both political parties during the subsequent presidential election. [More about Scientific Integrity]
  • UCS climate experts play a key role in crafting the first multi-state effort to combat global warming. Since then, the nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have already helped cut the Northeast’s global warming emissions by 50 percent. [More about Global Warming]
  • UCS issues a detailed analysis of space debris, establishing the organization as a main source of information on the subject and a leading voice against the militarization of space and for international coordination of activities in space. [More about Global Security]
  • UCS helps convince the California Public Utilities Commission to approve the largest solar energy program in U.S. history. [More about Clean Energy]
  • After UCS delivers thousands of emails from concerned activists, Congress denies all funding for the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator—an ineffective new nuclear weapon. [More about Global Security]
  • After pressure from UCS and our allies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bans the use of an agricultural antibiotic because of concerns that widespread overuse in animals threatens its effectiveness when used in human medicine. [More about Food and Agriculture]
  • The in-depth UCS analysis Countermeasures helps convince President Bill Clinton not to deploy a national missile defense system. [More about Global Security]

More accomplishments: 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s & 1960s...

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