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  • The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

    The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

    THE GUARDIAN 09/23/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Raul Grijalva Members of Congress – and the public – who care about a sustainable peace in the Middle East, the wise use of American tax dollars and the balance of power between our branches of government must not stand by as […]

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment Makes UN Climate Summit a Success

    Fossil Fuel Divestment Makes UN Climate Summit a Success

    HUFFINGTON POST 09/22/14 By Michael Shank The United Nations climate summit in New York, where I’m writing from this week, is already a success. With Rockefeller Brothers Fund announcing this week that they’re divesting entirely from fossil fuels, pulling $860 million of RBF funds out of fossil fuel stocks, the […]

  • Don’t Let China Dominate

    Don’t Let China Dominate

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/18/14 By Michael Shank, Elena Krieger and Julia Trezona Peek This month’s report on renewable energy markets from the International Energy Agency indicates that by 2020, China will account for almost 40 percent of the growth in renewable energy capacity. The United States, meanwhile, lags […]

  • Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!

    Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!

    DAILY BEAST/NEWSWEEK 09/17/14 By Michael Shank and Jeffrey Sachs Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs and the Quakers’ Michael Shank call on Obama to stop the airstrikes—and stop supporting anti-Assad rebels. Too many times in recent history the United States has responded militarily to provocations and threats in ways that have […]

  • Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

    Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

    POLITIX 09/16/14 By Michael Shank As the United Nations convenes world leaders this month in New York to discuss ways to reduce global warming, the United States Senate has the opportunity to discuss the most important lever the U.S. government can pull to cool the planet and make our air […]