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  • What Do We Mean When We Say “Clean Energy”?

    What Do We Mean When We Say “Clean Energy”?

    FAST COMPANY 04/08/16 By Michael Shank and Leilani Munter We need to stop using natural gas and nuclear on our way to truly clean power. We now know how extensively and dangerously oil industry giants, such as ExxonMobil, sowed doubt in the American mind regarding the existence of global warming, […]

  • Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Won’t Make America Great Again

    Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Won’t Make America Great Again

    MSNBC 04/02/16 By Michael Shank When it comes to foreign policy planning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is right to introduce an era of unpredictability, which, according to Trump, will be his overarching modus operandi if elected. Just consider America’s security threats: Increased violence by non-state actors and heightened insecurity […]

  • Because National Governments Won’t, Cities Are Pushing Zero-Energy Buildings

    Because National Governments Won’t, Cities Are Pushing Zero-Energy Buildings

    FAST COMPANY 03/25/16 By Michael Shank and Johanna Partin Zero net emissions buildings are finding lots of support from city governments, who see them as ways to save costs—as well as the planet. There is a movement happening all across America that few people are talking about. And while it […]

  • Proof Nuclear Energy Is a Huge Security Risk

    Proof Nuclear Energy Is a Huge Security Risk

    FORTUNE 03/08/16 By Michael Shank It’s time to rethink what constitutes “clean energy” Nuclear energy is not the answer to America’s necessary clean energy transition. It’s an expensive, dirty, and dangerous fuel, which is why seven electrical engineers at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) noted, last week, significant safety […]

  • Indian Point: Past Its Expiration Date

    Indian Point: Past Its Expiration Date

    NEW YORK TIMES 03/07/16 By Michael Shank and Paul Gallay Ossining, N.Y. — LAST month, samples showed a spike in the amount of radioactive tritium being discharged from Indian Point Energy Center into the groundwater near our homes along the Hudson River. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered several state agencies […]