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Environmental Policy

Environmental Ethics: Bernie Madoff's Pyramid Scheme Is an Important Lesson

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Many consumers assume that less packaging or no packaging is always the best answer for the environment. That may be true of most products, but there are reasons food packaging is different.

Sustainability and the Politics of Environmental Protection

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

I frequently make the argument that a more profitable economy is one based on sustainability principles: Minimal use of finite resources, minimal environmental impact during consumption and production, and maximum use of renewable and recycled resources.

Sad Commentary

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

In many respects, the recent United Nations Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro was a sad commentary on the international community's -- and our own -...

Not Black or White but Grey All Over

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

The right-wing's hyperbolic demonization of its political enemies seeks to neuter them by simplistically (and falsely) portraying their positions as ones of untenable extremes.

Reflections on Rio+20: Who Are These New Environmentalists Undaunted by Political Gridlock?

Roger Platt | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Roger Platt

I firmly believe a new generation of pragmatic and committed leaders was hard at work at the conference in Rio. Our job now is to identify who these leaders are and how to work with them to ensure they succeed.

Mitt Antagonists

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Which environmental policies reflect the real Mitt Romney? Those he displayed as Massachusetts governor, or the ones that the Republican Party is asking him to embrace as a presidential candidate?

IN Primary: Loss of Moderates No Good for Governing or the Environment

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

In a legislative body like the Senate where compromise and bipartisanship have long been necessary, this is another blow for getting things done.

Low Prices a Problem? Making Sense of Misleading Talk About Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.

Walmart's Criminal Problems - Much Bigger Than NewsCorp's

Carl Pope | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Carl Pope

Walmart's much heralded commitment to ethical behavior has once again proven to be a pathetically flimsy shield against the driving imperative of its "grow at any cost" business model.

From Mexico to El Otro Lado

Luis R. Cabrales | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Luis R. Cabrales

During my ten years working to protect the environment, I have witnessed the power of the law to bring about positive change in communities of color. This has encouraged me to pursue the kind of career I could only "DREAM" of as an undocumented teenager.

Boehlert's Play Book

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

In previous White House contests, environmental concerns rarely surfaced in the exchanges between candidates. But the 2012 campaign could be different.

Three Signs of Hope and One Omen on Climate

Auden Schendler | Posted 06.09.2012 | Denver
Auden Schendler

Most of us in the movement to solve climate change want to rock in the corner holding our knees, eating Chinese food out of the box. But that's neither productive nor healthy. Instead, we need to find signs of hope.

Future Block

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

The Republican Party appears incapable of actively addressing the fundamental challenges posed by the onset of the 21st century.

Don't Let the Lights Go Out on Environmental Journalism

Alex Formuzis | Posted 05.08.2012 | Green
Alex Formuzis

In the entire state of California, there is now only one AP reporter whose full time on the environment.

What BP Owes Americans

Jackie Savitz | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Jackie Savitz

Given the extreme carelessness of BP and the vast scope of the resulting damage done, a low-end settlement would send the wrong message to BP and the other companies that are drilling in our oceans, telling them that they may not have to pay for future damages they cause.

Environmental Justice a Form of Social Justice

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Warren J. Blumenfeld

A so-called "free-market" economic system lacking in environmental protections is tantamount to a social system deficient of civil and human rights protections for minoritized peoples.

Don't Close the Gate on Endangered Species Protection

Noah Greenwald | Posted 04.25.2012 | Green
Noah Greenwald

What if the bald eagle had never made it onto the endangered species list in 1967?

Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 2009, the U.S. Congress considered but ultimately failed to enact legislation aimed at limiting U.S. greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bill unde...

Economics of the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Sixth Edition of Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings has just been published by W. W. Norton & Company of New York and London. Throug...

Keystone Pipeline: Gift Horse or Threat to America

Nigel Barber | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
Nigel Barber

Whatever decision is reached on the pipeline, we need to balance both sides of the debate in a mature way. Yet that may not happen. We are likely to get politics as usual.

Boom to Bust: China, the U.S., and the Environment

Jason J. Czarnezki | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
Jason J. Czarnezki

In both China and the U.S., economic progress should be based on sustainability and improvement of existing resources rather than simply growth and acquisition.

Keystone as a Political Barometer

Chris Ladd | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Chris Ladd

The Keystone opposition is not about global warming or protecting the environment. The debate over Keystone is a barometer of how difficult it has become for Americans to address any political issue in a rational manner.

The Platform Opens a Window: An Unambiguous Consequence of the Durban Climate Talks

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The national delegations from around the world now have a challenging task: To find a way to include all key countries in a structure that brings about meaningful emissions reductions on an appropriate timetable at acceptable cost.

Who Are the Extremists?

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.27.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

The sad truth is that in the Republicans' "green" lexicon, the epithet "extremist" usually applies to those who cite health benefits in support of tough environmental laws that the GOP opposes at the behest of powerful business interests.

The EPA Gets It Right, But Watch Out for the Republicans

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.26.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

So the new clean air rules will be a net job creator that will pump up sagging local economies. Great news that should appeal even to cost-conscious Republicans! Well, not exactly.