Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet

The Politics of a Green New Deal

Tying economic development to environmental protection is a winning political strategy.

by |January 14, 2019

Anti-Government Ideology and the Federal Government Shutdown

Building infrastructure, providing emergency services, maintaining social safety nets, and ensuring public safety require an open and capable government.

by |January 7, 2019

The New House of Representatives Must Compel EPA to Enforce our Environmental Laws

We are at the end of two years witnessing the awful spectacle of an Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department more interested in exploiting natural resources than protecting them. But starting today, the unified control of the national government by President Donald Trump and his enablers has ended.

by |January 2, 2019

The Wall and Trump’s Anti-Immigration Policy Folly

The wall, growing limits on visas, children separated from their parents and the Muslim ban are all examples of Trump’s immigration policy folly.

by |December 21, 2018

The Climate Talks Struggle While California Forges Ahead

The contrast between the climate talks in Poland and progress by California is illuminating and provides a clear indication of how the climate crisis will actually be addressed.

by |December 17, 2018

Promoting but Regulating Electric Bikes in New York City

We need to be as creative in regulating new technologies and business models as the people who are making and selling these products and services.

by |December 10, 2018

The Green New Deal and a Vision of Environmental Sustainability

The widespread and growing attention paid to environmental sustainability is difficult to ignore.

by |December 3, 2018

Climate Fact and Right Wing Fantasy

The Trump administration’s effort to bury the newest climate report isn’t working.

by |November 26, 2018

Anti-Government Ideology in our More Complex World

Fires continue to burn in California as the air quality declines to dangerous levels. Hurricanes and floods this fall left a path of destruction as communities all over this country struggled to put themselves back together.

by |November 19, 2018
new york state capitol building

New York State Should Catch up to California’s Decarbonization Program

Bold leadership and dramatic action is required to counter the backward-facing energy and environmental policy we see in Washington.

by |November 12, 2018