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  • Trump’s Tomahawk Missiles Won’t Help Somalia Find Peace

    Trump’s Tomahawk Missiles Won’t Help Somalia Find Peace

    NEWSWEEK 06/16/17 By Michael Shank Blowback is already happening in response to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. This week’s car bombing and siege at a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, which killed 31 people and resulted in dozens of hostages, is an apparent reaction to Trump’s airstrikes over the weekend, which […]

  • By Pulling Out Of The Paris Agreement, Trump Just Threw Away America’s Biggest Business Opportunity

    By Pulling Out Of The Paris Agreement, Trump Just Threw Away America’s Biggest Business Opportunity

    FAST COMPANY 06/01/17 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Steve Cohen This is the opposite of winning. Forget, for a moment, the environmental implications that come with undercutting an unprecedented climate commitment by the international community, such as beach erosion, the loss of coastal cities, famine-causing droughts, and more severe […]

  • Bailing On the Paris Climate Deal Would Be a Huge Security Risk

    Bailing On the Paris Climate Deal Would Be a Huge Security Risk

    TIME MAGAZINE 06/01/17 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva U.S. Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) is a ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee. Shank is an adjunct assistant professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. The Trump Administration is poised to isolate itself from reality once […]

  • Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

    Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

    HUFFINGTON POST  5/25/17 By Michael Shank Many Americans don’t know where their trash goes after tossing it. Out of sight, out of mind. They don’t know where their municipal landfill is located or that an incinerator is nearby, ready to burn their waste. That disconnect makes it easy for Americans […]

  • Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

    Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

    JOURNAL NEWS 05/22/17 By Michael Shank This year is shaping up to be another “hottest year on record”, as February was the planet’s warmest month ever recorded. These aren’t anomalies. There’s a trend developing. The last few years have been surpassing previous temperature precedents, with 2016 going down as the […]