Politics Archives - State of the Planet

Columbia Students Join Youth Climate Strike to Demand Action

Joining the worldwide protests, students gathered on campus to push for politicians to take large-scale climate action.

by |March 15, 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

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