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Environmental Policy

Take Back America?

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The Tea Party's faux patriotic superiority is an offensive blot on democracy. No American has a prima facie monopoly on patriotism because of a particular political view.

As Government Fails to Protect Endangered Species, One Grassroots Program Quietly Succeeds

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 08.17.2011 | Green
Robert J. Cabin

Much to the chagrin of the conservation community, President Obama has not turned out to be a strong environmentalist or defender of vanishing species.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Invisible Speech

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.17.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Uneven media coverage of climate change is undoubtedly contributing to the United States' dubious distinction of being the only nation with a sizable segment of its population in global warming denial.

What It Takes to Preserve Environmental Justice in California

Jakada Imani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Jakada Imani

Critics of the California Environmental Quality Act claim it is inconvenient and expensive to consider the economic and health impacts on residents. They could not be more wrong.

Toxic Litmus Test

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

How does the eventual Republican nominee appeal to a wider audience without alienating his or her base?

Obama's Impossible Dream

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

It is unclear whether President Obama will be successful in using compromise to get a significant portion of his agenda -- environmental or otherwise -- past highly partisan Republican foes.

Senator Landrieu: The Apologist

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The Senate's most outspoken apologist for the oil industry is at it again. Sen. Mary Landrieu, recently declared that eliminating federal subsidies to the major oil companies would be a gross injustice.

Republicans Continue to Alienate Voters: This Time on the Environment

Margie Omero | Posted 06.18.2011 | Green
Margie Omero

Americans do not want to see weakened protection of environment. Republicans -- once again -- risk overplaying their hands by showing such enthusiasm for unpopular positions.

The Tea Party Attack on Environmental Protection Will Fail

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

While many of the Tea Party inspired budget cuts are targeted toward poor and elderly people, a second front in the Republican war on common sense is ...

The Galileo Syndrome

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Some Republicans have made no bones about their ideologically-driven belief that climate change is a giant hoax, concocted by liberals as a subterfuge to empower big government.

New Blood

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.06.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Is Virginia General Attorney Cuccinelli, with gubernatorial aspirations for a starter, representative of the Republican Party in the coming decade? From an environmental perspective, one hopes not.

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.