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Environmental Politics

The Last Best Hope?

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Congress is dragging its feet in tackling global warming. Our current president is trying to address the problem, but his powers are limited. That leaves the courts, the third pillar of our government's triumvirate. Are they our last best hope?

American Apathy

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Edward Flattau

What will it take for us to join the rest of the international community in giving climate change its due?

A Columnist's Lament

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Pentagon analysts make a credible case that climate change-related sea level rise threatens our coastal transportation systems. In addition, they warn that increasingly extreme weather events are potential disruptors of domestic energy supply and distribution.

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Robert Stavins

With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

It is ironic, offensive, and sad that anyone would suggest that my support of Harvard's divestment position is somehow tied to my outside engagements. That suggestion -- and the recent threats I have received -- defies logic and is contradicted by the record.

What to Expect at COP-20 in Lima

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

On Monday, December 1, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commence...

The Final Stage of IPCC AR5 -- Last Week's Outcome in Copenhagen

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

First of all, here's the simplest headline statement: Things improved significantly at the Synthesis Report (SYR) government approval sessions in Copenhagen last week, but in saying this, I am only referring to the material for which I've been responsible. Let me explain.

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

The following post was originally published on Sept. 27, 2014, on Robert Stavins' personal blog. World leaders converged at the United Nations in New...

Insurrection

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Many Republican officials harbor a rebellious stance towards the federal government that they were elected to serve, and whose authority they are supposed to uphold.

Vatican Remorse

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

House Speaker John Boehner has proudly announced that Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress in September during the Holy Father's visit to the United States. But Boehner, Catholic though he is, should be careful of what he wishes for.

Oblivious to Oblivion

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Scientists have moved the well-publicized Doomsday Clock from five minutes to three minutes before midnight (aka catastrophe), but the Republican majorities in Congress are not keeping time.

Alternate Universe

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Since Senator Ernst failed to mention global warming, it's safe to assume Republicans will continue attempting to change the country's course by sidetracking the Obama Administration's climate change initiatives.

Transforming Power, Protecting the Environment in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in El Salvador is a grassroots, community-led organization of 27,000 families in more than 100 communities. It is transforming economic and political power and the health of the environment, across the department of Usulután.

Voters Cognitive Dissonance

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

If the new GOP leadership debuts by substituting a crusade against environmental protection and Obama for jumpstarting the economy, it won't be too long before many voters experience buyer's remorse.

GOP's True Identity

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

At their own peril, Republicans have conflated deregulation of red tape bedeviling business with environmental regulations protecting public health. The electorate overwhelmingly support dispensing with the former, not with the latter.

Unconscionable Cop-out

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Politicians who beg off taking a stance on global warming because they are not scientists are shirking the sacred responsibility and trust vested in public office.

Rubio for President?

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

To appeal to the tea party, with its distaste for big government and federal regulation, Senator Rubio has turned environmental flip-flopping into an art form.

The Terrorist Connection

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Experts pretty much agree that military action alone won't put an end to terrorist movements such as the Islamic State. What else can be done? One wa...

Election Reflection

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

You are concerned about climate change, are alarmed that mankind is worsening it, and reside in a state where a Senate contest is on tap for the fall. If that is the case, you should think long and hard before casting your vote.

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

Intermittent Streams

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Some members of Congress are highly critical of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to strengthen protection of the nation's 357 thousand miles of intermittent streams. The lawmakers contend the EPA is engaged in drastic overreach.

A New Election Climate

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

Climate change was a no show issue in the 2012 national election cycle. That won't (nor should) be the case when Americans go to the voting booths this November.

Stop Polluters From Putting Their Money Where Your Mouth Is

Courtney Hight | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Courtney Hight

Udall and Bennet's amendment will overturn the damaging effects of Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United v. FEC that have thrown open the floodgates to a tidal wave of corrupting campaign cash. Ever since these decisions, the amount of toxic money from big polluters in our political system has skyrocketed.

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Senator Ted Cruz, You're Fired

Courtney Hight | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Courtney Hight

The fact is that Cruz has now publicly proclaimed multiple times what he thinks is best for the Sierra Club. And, as you would expect from the man who single-handedly forced the government shutdown, his judgment leaves something to be desired.