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  • Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

    Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

    HUFFINGTON POST 01/07/15 By Michael Shank and Julia Trezona Peek With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It’s time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth. Climate change, left unaddressed, will decimate our […]

  • Protecting America’s Clean Drinking Water

    Protecting America’s Clean Drinking Water

    ROLL CALL 12/29/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Charles Rangel The causes and consequences of the hottest year on record, which is now shaping up to be 2014 according to the World Meteorological Organization and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are likely to have a lasting impact on New […]

  • We Can’t Let Climate Change Turn Droughts, Flash Floods and Mudslides into the New Normal

    We Can’t Let Climate Change Turn Droughts, Flash Floods and Mudslides into the New Normal

    THE GUARDIAN 12/18/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Mike Honda Holding out for winter rain or implementing short-term fixes won’t fix California’s water crisis. We need action on the state, federal and international level Between power outages, deluging rains, flash floods, mudslides and record droughts, California is quickly becoming […]

  • How Germans Go Green

    How Germans Go Green

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 12/09/14 By Michael Shank and Johann Saathoff With the German government’s reaffirmation this month of carbon emissions reduction goals of 40 percent by 2020, and its courageous commitment to phase out coal, the country is now leading the world with an aggressive and unparalleled climate […]

  • Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

    Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

    HUFFINGTON POST 12/04/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Scott Peters This autumn was a significant time for climate action and raising awareness about climate change, featuring the massive People’s Climate March and the United Nations’ Climate Summit. Despite these events, Congress hasn’t acted. But there is an opportunity for Congress […]