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Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc.
August 23, 2010

The Union of Concerned Scientists work to reduce some of the biggest security threats facing the world today, including the risks posed by nuclear weapons, nuclear terrorism, and space weapons. They work with scientists around the globe to increase international understanding of these issues and to foster and strengthen efforts to increase international security. In addition, they work to improve the safety and security provisions at existing nuclear power plants and the performance of the industry's oversight body--the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; assess the safety, security and nuclear weapons proliferation risks of new reactors; and analyze the pros and cons of increasing nuclear power as a means of reducing global warming. They write reports, file formal petitions to the NRC, testify before Congress, and provide technical assistance to groups of citizens living near nuclear plants. Political interference in federal government science is weakening our nation's ability to respond to the complex challenges we face. Because policy makers depend on impartial research to make informed decisions, they are mobilizing scientists and citizens alike to push for reforms that will enable our leaders to fully protect our health, safety, and environment. As a scientist, this particular issue is of vast importance to me. They have been fighting global warming to protect the health and economic well-being of current and future generations. To do this, they promote reducing our emissions of heat-trapping gases by using the technology, know-how, and practical solutions already at our disposal. This includes promoting the use of a family of diverse energy technologies that share a common thread: they do not deplete our natural resources or destroy our environment. Along these lines, they have been providing consumers with scorecards on how well specific automobiles meet mileage requirements and reduce polution. Two other things have been important to me. First, I believe that we must promote sustainable agriculture practices in order to protect the environment and produce high-quality, safe, and affordable food. The Union of Concerned Scientists promotes such practices while pushing to eliminate harmful CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) and strengthening government oversight of genetically engineered food. Secondly, they have been working to reduce the introduction of non-native organisms that damages the environment and endangers native species, undermining decades of conservation efforts. Because federally regulated international trade is the source of most invaders, they are working to reverse some U.S. policies and improve others.

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their aid in buying an environmentally friendly car.

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2010

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Donor & I have been a member for more than 30 years.

FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS
August 23, 2010

I joined FSA because they were working for arms control; in particular the control of nuclear weapons. They are still very active in this area. They are also concerned with biosecurity. They have been working with emerging technologies and building teaching games and simulations for students. Some of these simulations are quite amazing. They have one on circulation. They get the input of scientists in order to make the simulations as scientifically accurate as possible. They have also been working with new building technology, especially with respect to inexpensive earthquake proof buildings. They are build several of these building in the earthquake zones in Turkey for proof of concept.

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no case.

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2010

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Donor & I have been a member for more than 30 years.