- President of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Kevin Knobloch is the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), an ostensibly independent, nonprofit environmental and national security advocacy organization comprised of more than 100,000 members whose stated purpose is to build a “cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.” The UCS takes public stands, purportedly buttressed by scientific research, regarding a variety of political and health-related issues. For example, it opposes genetically engineered foods, condemns SUV vehicles, and proposes measures aimed at combating what it deems the imminent dangers of global warming. It also opposes the vast majority of American foreign policy decisions, calls for a unilateral reduction in U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiles, and derides American efforts to develop a National Missile Defense (NMD) system. The UCS disseminates to lawmakers and news outlets its opinions about each of these matters, with the intent of ultimately influencing public policy.
Knobloch and the UCS have been extremely critical of Republican political leaders, particularly President Bush. Knobloch began his tenure as UCS president by stating, “The Union of Concerned Scientists was founded on the belief that science has an essential role in informing and driving public policy, and advancing that principle has never been more needed. The Bush administration and some in Congress have, increasingly, undercut the role of science and scientists in national policymaking. UCS will be a leader in countering this trend, helping scientists turn their frustration into action.”
Knobloch has also served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies and the Environmental League of Massachusetts, both of which have leftwing agendas. In addition, he was once the legislative director for former Senator Timothy Wirth (D-Colorado), who is currently the president of the United Nations Foundation. Knobloch was also the legislative assistant and press secretary for the late Representative Ted Weiss (D-New York). During his term in office, Weiss sought to impeach President Reagan for overthrowing the Marxist regime in Grenada.