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Environmental Policy

Saving the Western United States From Pine Beetles

Lily Durfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Lily Durfee

The pine beetle is wreaking havoc across western forests, and congressional action is overdue.

China vs. US: Shape of Things to Come?

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

There are those who predict that China will eventually eclipse the U.S. as the world's most powerful nation. Maybe -- if China's recent rhetoric about its environmentally sustainable future prove to be true.

What Tough Budget Choices? The Anti-Environmental House Majority Is Having a Ball

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Take a moment to look beyond the cuts and instead focus on the numerous policy changes proposed in the continuing resolution, and it quickly becomes clear that this is not fiscal prudence at work but ideology.

What Will It Take?

Peter Neill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Neill

Japan lies devastated by a giant wave and its geological, nuclear, financial, sociological, and psychological aftershocks. A natural event, deep und...

To Address Climate Change We Need to Measure Poverty Better

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As long as we are unable to measure the poverty impact of climate change, we run the risk of either overestimating or underestimating the resources that will be needed to face it.

Starve the Beast: How the GOP's Fiscal Policies Damage our Future

Rep. Jim Moran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Moran

Republicans have revealed that they are willing, in Washington as in Wisconsin, to place politics above people and exploit both real and manufactured fiscal crises to pursue ideological ends.

Egypt's Environmental Future

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Little thought has been given to how difficult it is for a fledgling democracy to flourish should its population be subject to a severe chronic food shortage. Nutritional instability can lead to political instability, and Egypt is more than half way there.

Reagan's Birthday Caveat

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Reagan's anti-big government ideology led him to choose department heads dedicated to weakening or rolling back regulatory safeguards -- safeguards that were designed to protect the environment.

Bloomberg: Cautionary Tale

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Edward Flattau

Temporarily lost in the bad publicity was Bloomberg's professed goal to make New York City the first environmentally sustainable metropolis.

Will Climate Change Chill Obama's Legacy?

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Obama is the leader most likely to be blamed 20 or 30 years from now when people around the world are suffering from intense, diverse and irreversible stresses from climate change.

Environmental Futurecast: Six Pressing Environmental Challenges

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The foremost environmental issues in the coming year revolve around air pollution, especially the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the longer view?

He'll Be Back

Terry Tamminen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Arnold Schwarzenegger's legacy as arguably the greenest chief executive in our country's history will rival Mr. Universe titles and box office championships.

Defending EPA Against the Coming Right Wing Attack

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

The cynical right wing strategy of "starving the beast" by cutting funding could pose a grave threat to this chronically underfunded agency.

Climate Morality and 2009

John Wihbey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John Wihbey

As Clinton implies, America helped start this climate mess. Now the question looms what steps -- or even just signals -- the country is willing to put forth this year to end it.

The EPA's Dangerous Delay

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

A mini-firestorm erupted recently in response to the EPA's attempt to stall regulation meant to clean up mercury pollution from industrial plants. Are they caving to pressure?

Never Retreat

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Unlike its Republican critics, the EPA looks at both sides of the ledger and usually finds that the monetary value of its regulations' benefits far exceeds the costs.

Bennet-Buck Race Seen As Referendum On Obama Policies On Environment, Public Land

The New York Times | SCOTT STREATER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Tea party politics has caught fire in Colorado, where Sen. Michael Bennet (D), the Democratic successor to former senator and now-Interior Secretary K...

Dispatch From Cancún: Developing Paradise in the Suicide Capital

Roberto Lovato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Roberto Lovato

Cancun is the suicide capital of Mexico. That's a subject that's not likely to come up as thousands of people gather here over the next two weeks for the U.N. Conference on Climate Change.

Yale Political Union debates Senator John Kerry on "Resolved: America should lead the world in environmental policy"

Yale Political Union | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yale Political Union

On Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 the Yale Political Union debated "Resolved: America should lead the world in environmental policy" with Senator John Kerry . ...

The Test

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The environmental tests ahead will not be easy for President Obama, but he can pass with flying colors if he chooses to do the right thing.

The "Climate is Gone"

Gregory Unruh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gregory Unruh

Words of truth from Karl Rove as he interpreted the impact of Tuesday's Republican victory for shale-gas executives: the "Climate is gone." He meant c...

Facing Midterm Results: Do Liberals Really Want a One-Term Presidency?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

President Obama, don't just appeal to your base. With the right programs and outreach, you could appeal to a much broader group -- say the 51% you'll need to get reelected.

Where the Jobs Are

Nicole Lederer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nicole Lederer

Just a few years ago, the wind energy sector barely existed. Now it employs 85,000 Americans -- and not just in states like Texas.

Environment Matters...but So Does Freedom!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marty Robins

Everyone is in favor of protecting our environment, but there are those who take the matter too far, and jeopardize fundamental freedoms in the proces...

What Is the Brazilian Brand?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

I arrived at Brazil's PR firm's fancy upstairs offices where a company rep provided me with a glossy green booklet showcasing Brazil's many economic accomplishments.