government Archives - State of the Planet

Our Democracy Needs Science Now More Than Ever

In a world filled with fake news and “alternative facts,” science is an integral part of an effective democracy that is based on truth and reality.

by |July 13, 2018
panel discussion including steve cohen and richard moss

Translating Science into Action

How can science be used and transferred effectively by decision-makers? How can we manage scientific uncertainty? These are some of the questions tackled on Monday at the event, ‘Speaking Science to Power.’

by |April 6, 2018

The Value of Public Service

In a world where we are constantly interacting and competing, we also need to nurture and generate the value of cooperation and compassion. This is a value I call public service.

by |January 3, 2018

Houston’s Post-Harvey Toxic Mess

If we are to maintain the way of life we enjoy while maintaining a safe and healthy environment, we need to require more careful management of toxic substances.

by |September 11, 2017

The Myth that Regulations Kill Jobs

In a real world of complex new technologies, crowded cities, multiple interests, and exponential information growth, we need regulations.

by |August 7, 2017

Responding to the Attack on Environmental Regulation

Last week, the new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attacked his own agency in an address to the Conservative Political Action summit. The attack on environmental regulation by the head of EPA is a remarkable nightmare. Fortunately, in our federal system, state and local officials will be able to fill in if the federal government refuses to act.

by |February 27, 2017

Paying for Infrastructure

Privatization is seen by some as a way of rebuilding America’s infrastructure more efficiently than public sector reconstruction, but experience with privatization is mixed. Sometimes it works well; sometimes it doesn’t.

by |December 28, 2016

Anchor Institutions Task Force Holds Annual Conference

In November 2016, the Anchor Institutions Task Force held its annual conference in New York City. Over 150 representatives from a variety of anchor institutions and partner organizations came together to discuss how anchor institutions can make valuable contributions to community and economic development through local partnerships.

by |December 3, 2016

The Role Of Government In Rebuilding After Disasters

The fundamental job of government is to provide security and safety for its people. Natural disasters may be predictable to some degree, but they are unavoidable. What is avoidable is the sense of economic hopelessness that follows these events.

by |August 22, 2016

The Right Wing’s Endless War on Environmental Regulation

The right wing attack on environmental regulation is a fundamental political mistake. Conservatives are correct in assuming that Americans mistrust big organizations and powerful institutions, but they should remember that the public counts on these powerful organizations to protect them.

by |May 26, 2015