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Environmental Policy

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.

The 10 Biggest Environmental Issues Facing The U.S. In 2012

Posted 12.22.2011 | Green

What are the biggest environmental and energy policy challenges facing America today? A list from Vermont Law School highlights the 10 most important ...

Jordan Howard

Wind Advocates Lobby To Extend Vital Tax Credit | Jordan Howard | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A new study commissioned by the American Wind Energy Association says that if the Production Tax Credit, a lifeline for the burgeoning ...

The Generals Know Best

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Some of our politicians consider global warming a hoax. Our military leaders consider global warming a threat to national security.

Understanding the Failure of the UN's Climate Talks

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

The U.N climate talks have failed because the issue has become too important for the world's more powerful nations to assign negotiations to the U.N.'s deliberative bodies.

Unfinished Business

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

Until "American Exceptionalism" also encompasses an acknowledgement of our shortcomings and reflects a more active effort to set things straight, the term's full connotation is not matched by reality.

Can the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations begin today in Durban, South Africa. These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of ...

Can Andrew Cuomo Meet the Leadership Challenge of Hydrofracking Policy?

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

We do not yet have the technology we need to create a renewable energy economy. Someday we will. The question is how fast can we get there, and how much of the planet's ecosystem will remain intact when we do?

Gluttons for Punishment

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

Republican congressional leaders persist in the belief that advancing economic expansion at the expense of environmental protection is a winning strategy. They never learn.

Jordan Howard

Fracking: Weighing The Pros And Cons | Jordan Howard | Posted 01.10.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Last Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its final research plan to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing on dr...

Let's Stop Trying to Save the Environment; We Aren't Good At It, and It Isn't Working

Harris Silver | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Harris Silver

The way to save the environment is to save capitalism. And the way to save capitalism is to understand the role of government in protecting the commons through regulation and policy.

The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In the U.S., political polarization has decimated what had long been the key political constituency in the Congress for environmental action, namely, the middle, including both moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Joseph Erbentraut

Should Chicago Ban Plastic Bags? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

Though they are often as ubiquitous in the city as stop signs or parking meters, plastic bags have become the target of one Chicago alderman's quest t...

For the People

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.18.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

There is no excuse for any member of Congress not to recognize when a corporate polluter is "crying wolf."

Study Says Politicians Shouldn't Fear Voicing Climate Change Concerns

Posted 12.14.2011 | Green

Does a politician's stance on climate change matter in an election? Yes, according to a study from Stanford University entitled "The Impact of Can...

The Climate Post: 'Crony Capitalism' Alleged Behind Tar Sands Pipeline Review

Mason Inman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request imply the State Department -- charged with evaluating the pipeline -- may have worked closely with TransCanada to help the plan win approval.

Handle CEQA With Care

Joel Reynolds | Posted 12.07.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Reynolds

Californians have relied on CEQA for over 40 years to protect their communities and our natural resources from environmentally uninformed government decisions.

Open Letter to Governor Perry

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Are you sure it is wise to be so cocksure about the inconclusiveness of the global warming threat? After all, there is substantial scientific data to the contrary.

Jordan Howard

Waxman Calls House Most Anti-Environment 'In History' | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 112th Congress, the Republican House majority has taken aim at issues ranging from labor protections to women's right to choo...

Mitt's First Day

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

If elected president, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has drawn up an ambitious agenda for his first day in office. At the top of his list is scuttling pending regulations that include proposals designed to protect public health and the environment.

The Farmers Field Saga: Hide and CEQA

John Mirisch | Posted 11.11.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

But the question at hand is not whether the Farmers Field project is good; the question is much simpler: should we be granting California Environmental Equality Act exceptions or mitigations for individual projects?

The Jobs Fiction

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.06.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The contention of Republicans in the House of Representatives that pending air pollution regulations will cause significant job loss is a falsehood dressed up as a scare tactic.

Is the Obama Administration putting corporate profits above public health?

Robert Redford | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Robert Redford

One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it?

Why Are Congressional Republicans Turning on the Environment?

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.11.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Why have Congressional House Republicans unleashed an unprecedented assault on the nation's environmental regulatory framework even as they profess to care as much as anyone about clean air and water?