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  • There Is A Major Climate Issue Hiding In Your Closet: Fast Fashion

    There Is A Major Climate Issue Hiding In Your Closet: Fast Fashion

    FAST COMPANY 11/11/16 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat Disposable clothes, often made from oil, in factories powered by coal, and shipped around the world, mean that the apparel industry contributes 10% of global emissions. This month as world leaders meet in Morocco to discuss implementation of the Paris climate […]

  • Cuomo Wrong on Nuclear Plant Bailout

    Cuomo Wrong on Nuclear Plant Bailout

    JOURNAL NEWS 10/12/16 By Michael Shank Bailouts are common in government — at the federal and state level and regardless of political party — and that’s what is happening now in New York for the nuclear industry. New York’s nuclear bailout is merely the latest example of business getting off […]

  • Pardon Edward Snowden

    Pardon Edward Snowden

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/16/16 By Michael Shank Patriots come in all shapes and sizes, not just in American uniforms. Laudable service to your country can, and should, include caring for the “least of these,” protecting the environment and volunteering locally. Those are all equally important ways one can […]

  • 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 […]