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The Midterm Elections and Environmental Protection

Tuesday’s election could be key in deciding federal environmental protection moving forward.

by |November 5, 2018

The State and Local Role in Protecting America’s Environment

The U.S. EPA is shrinking at the very time we need it to expand, but the environmental functions performed by state, county, and city governments will continue to grow.

by |July 16, 2018

The Post-Pruitt EPA

While it is possible to predict the most probable form the post-Pruitt EPA will take, we should strive for something better.

by |July 9, 2018

The States Resist Trump’s Environmental Agenda

The Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations is running into the state and local opposition one might expect given this nation’s strong support for environmental protection.

by |May 7, 2018

Global Environment Report Card Sees Dirty Air, Failing Fisheries

Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problem in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.

by |January 23, 2018

Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump’s Stealth War on the EPA

The Trump Administration’s understated attack on environmental regulation could have more impact than some of its higher-profile actions.

by |August 14, 2017

Resisting the Deregulation of Environmental Protection

Today we have an EPA Administrator who is willfully and aggressively deregulating elements of environmental protection. We need to resist federal cutbacks in environmental protection policies and programs, while also continuing to keep our eye on the daily, operational tasks of creating sustainable economy.

by |July 10, 2017

A Small Senate Victory Maintains Methane Regulation

While I see little hope of modernizing the environmental regulatory structure under the current regime, last week provided some hope that the U.S. Senate won’t allow our environmental laws to be dismantled.

by |May 15, 2017

Trump’s Budget will Harm the Planet and the Economy

Trump’s proposed budget includes an effort to shrink funding for university-based science research and the national labs run by the Department of Energy. Research on fundamental earth systems science is also cut as is funding for state environmental agencies and national environmental emergency response.

by |March 20, 2017

A State and Local Strategy for Protecting the American Environment

While federal support for new technology and infrastructure would be helpful, there is another approach that can also be effective. We should focus on modernizing our state and local energy systems. By modernizing the energy system we can reduce the costs and environmental impact of our energy use.

by |March 13, 2017