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  • How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

    How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

    HUFFINGTON POST 03/09/17 By Michael Shank America has a dangerous and deadly addiction to plastic. If recent trends in New York State are any indication, it’s not going away anytime soon, thanks, in part, to multi-million-dollar lobbying by the plastic manufacturing industry. Yet the recent showdown over plastic bag fees […]

  • Yemen Needs Us Now

    Yemen Needs Us Now

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/06/17 By Michael Shank Yemen is now a White House talking point. It was in President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress last week and there’s speculation of increased American military involvement. While most Americans aren’t tracking the complexities of the civil […]

  • Pruitt’s EPA will Lead to More Toxic Chemicals in Our Food and Farms

    Pruitt’s EPA will Lead to More Toxic Chemicals in Our Food and Farms

    THE HILL 02/17/17 By Michael Shank and Danya Hakeem This year is set to witness one the greatest rollbacks of environmental protections in Republican history. Even if Scott Pruitt hadn’t been confirmed this week as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) administrator, Republicans are already easing the restrictions on coal mining […]

  • Everyone In Donald Trump’s Cabinet Is Failing Americans

    Everyone In Donald Trump’s Cabinet Is Failing Americans

    TIME 02/17/17 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke As President Donald Trump’s Cabinet confirmation hearings continue, it’s shocking to see how far the President has deviated from Republican presidential precedent when it comes to selecting his Cabinet. President Richard Nixon, for example, after reading and reacting to the […]

  • Film Series Highlights Impacts on Global Warming

    Film Series Highlights Impacts on Global Warming

    JOURNAL NEWS 02/13/17 By Michael Shank Food and fashion are among the industries contributing to climate change, writer says As climate change becomes more visible, with 2016 as the hottest year ever on record, Peekskill residents, myself included, organized an environmental film series to raise awareness about what we can […]