Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet

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

The Age Gap in Environmental Politics

Policies may change gradually but the climate crisis is no longer emerging gradually and an issue for the future. The impacts of a warming planet on extreme weather and sea level rise are already being seen.

by |February 4, 2019

New York’s Overly Political Approach to Mass Transit

The time for a comprehensive fix for this region’s mass transit is long overdue.

by |January 28, 2019

Stepping Back From the Hatred in the Air

The two alternative universes of red and blue America have far more in common than they seem to know. It is time to focus our attention beyond these differences and focus on the far greater areas of agreement.

by |January 22, 2019

The Politics of a Green New Deal

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

by |January 14, 2019