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  • The Path To Clean Energy Requires An Energy-Storage Revolution

    The Path To Clean Energy Requires An Energy-Storage Revolution

    FAST COMPANY 09/15/16 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Mike Honda With the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s announcement this month that, in no uncertain terms, climate change played a pivotal role in Louisiana’s unprecedented rainfall and catastrophic flooding, it’s clear that, as a nation, we must take notice. […]

  • Why Obama Should Pardon Snowden

    Why Obama Should Pardon Snowden

    USA TODAY 09/14/16 By Michael Shank The real threat to national security is our own egregious activities in war zones. The American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and others are launching a campaign this week to get President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden for his 2013 whistle-blowing […]

  • California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

    California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

    FAST COMPANY 6/21/16 By Michael Shank A historic deal to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with renewable energy could be a model for the rest of the country. There are few fuels that are causing more consternation in the environmental community than nuclear power. It’s seen by some as […]

  • Trump Should Take a Lesson From the Pope on How to Lead

    Trump Should Take a Lesson From the Pope on How to Lead

    FORTUNE 06/07/16 By Michael Shank He might actually yield a higher ROI by trying an alternative approach. Over the weekend, Pope Francis made a political statement inside the Vatican that has direct bearing on the U.S. presidential landscape: “Politics is one of the highest forms of charity.” Noting that we […]

  • Fast Fashion Comes at a Steep Price for the Environment

    Fast Fashion Comes at a Steep Price for the Environment

    MSNBC 05/21/16 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bédat There are few industries fickler than fashion, changing annually and swapping seasonally. The good news is that fashion can, in theory, change more quickly than the energy or agricultural industries, for example. And when it comes to tackling climate change, agility and […]