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The Trump Administration’s Continued Attack on Science

As of August 14, the federal government has attempted to censor, misrepresent, and otherwise stifle science over 150 times, according to the Sabin Center’s Silencing Science Tracker.

An Evening with the Writers of the Clean Air Act: Insight into the ‘Golden Age’ of Environmental Law

At a panel discussion this week, Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, two senior staff members who helped craft the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other major environmental legislation in the 1970s, spoke about the bipartisan effort to pass that legislation, and the partisan divide that stymies Congress today.

by |October 24, 2014

The Policy Buffet (Part 5): How the Oil Spill Killed the Climate Bill — and Why the Economy Didn’t Help, Either

The climate bill has come and gone. Just two months ago, it seemed as though the bill stood a fighting chance, given the buffet of options available to policymakers.

by |August 20, 2010

The Policy Buffet (Part 4): Eulogizing the Climate Bill that Wasn’t

On July 22, just days before the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared that the last decade was the warmest on record, the United States Senate abandoned its effort to put a price on carbon. Comprehensive climate and energy legislation was on life-support for weeks until Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) announced that… read more

by |August 18, 2010