Politics Archives - 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
A DSNY spreader is loaded with salt at one of the city's 42 salt sheds.

Cutting the Salt in Winter Road Maintenance

As the capital and environmental costs of road salt continue to mount, has the time come to ask whether we’re putting too much of it on our streets?

by |December 13, 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

The Midterm Elections and Environmental Protection

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

by |November 5, 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

Saving the NYC Subways will Require Money and Political Courage

Both our governor and mayor need to place public service above political gain to save our mass transit system.

by |May 29, 2018
Glenn Hubbard speaks about the benefits of a carbon tax

The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax

Economist Glenn Hubbard explains why carbon pricing can appeal to people on both sides of the political aisle.

by |May 16, 2018
wind farm at dusk

Funding Renewable Energy is Easier Than Taxing Carbon

Given the political infeasibility of a carbon tax to speed the transformation to a sustainable economy, we need to rapidly move on to another policy approach.

by |March 5, 2018