Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet

New Yorkers Need to Invest in Their Parks

There is little question that parks are a resource worthy of investment and that the investment pays off.

by |April 15, 2019

Renewable Technology Prices and Decarbonization

The use of fossil fuels will only be reduced by something that is as cheap, convenient and reliable. Fortunately for the planet, renewable energy is poised to drive fossil fuels from the market.

by |April 8, 2019

The Politics of Authenticity

When corporate and public interests are in alignment, the political agenda can respond to people’s needs. But when they are not in alignment, the corporate sector increasingly seeks to define reality itself.

by |April 1, 2019

Midwestern Floods, Climate Resiliency, and the Green New Deal

Midwestern floods, Western forest fires, and coastal hurricanes are creating a call for climate resilient infrastructure. The Green New Deal is a way to respond to that demand.

by |March 25, 2019

The Electric Car, Technological Disruption, and Climate Change

There is no chance that the century-old technology of the internal combustion engine will remain much longer. It is a question of how long it will take to go electric.

by |March 18, 2019

Energy Efficiency: A Clue to Politically Feasible Climate Policy

The only politically feasible way of combatting climate change is to invest in research and development and infrastructure that makes our energy system more efficient and less dependent on fossil fuels.

by |March 11, 2019

Congestion Pricing Again

The idea is to charge more for driving on the most congested streets in the city and direct those funds to making mass transit more efficient and perhaps even pleasant.

by |March 4, 2019

New York City Tech, Post Amazon

We should learn from our mistake in losing Amazon and do all we can to build the growing technology industry in New York.

by |February 25, 2019

Youth Strike for Climate and the Ethics of Climate Policy

I believe we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in environmental politics. The idea that we must choose between economic well-being and environmental protection is being challenged.

by |February 18, 2019

Amazon, the Global Economy, and Long Island City

This deal might not be good, but it’s necessary.

by |February 11, 2019