Articles by: Michael Shank

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

February 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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 […]

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Everyone In Donald Trump’s Cabinet Is Failing Americans

Everyone In Donald Trump’s Cabinet Is Failing Americans

February 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

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 […]

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Film Series Highlights Impacts on Global Warming

Film Series Highlights Impacts on Global Warming

February 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm

  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 […]

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Feckless on Foreign Policy

Feckless on Foreign Policy

January 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 01/23/17 By Michael Shank The vote for Trump’s defense secretary shows how the left rolls over on military issues. The Senate Democrats’ sound and fury over President Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and his political agenda is apparently signifying nothing – at least on defense policy. […]

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Meryl Streep is Right; Bullying Hurts Us All

Meryl Streep is Right; Bullying Hurts Us All

January 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm

THE HILL 01/09/17 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda Meryl Streep concisely summed up America’s increasingly violent temperament at the Golden Globes Awards ceremony this week, “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” Streep said it plainly and powerfully. “Disrespect invites disrespect. […]

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Global Mayors Protest Trump’s Anti-Climate Cabinet

Global Mayors Protest Trump’s Anti-Climate Cabinet

December 16, 2016 at 2:18 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 12/16/16 By Michael Shank This week, in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks for Departments of State, Energy, and Interior, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, mayors from Canada, Europe, Latin America and Australia sent a sharply worded letter to mayors of American cities, noting that […]

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Expect Resource Wars With Exxon CEO At State Helm

Expect Resource Wars With Exxon CEO At State Helm

December 12, 2016 at 9:15 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 12/12/16 By Michael Shank Now that President-elect Donald Trump is positioning ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as head of the U.S. State Department and America’s top diplomat, expect U.S. foreign policy to adopt a more overt and explicit commitment to resource-based warfare. There is no question that Tillerson will […]

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Pro-Earth Republicans In The Era Of President Trump

Pro-Earth Republicans In The Era Of President Trump

December 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

HUFFINGTON POST 12/07/16 By Michael Shank As President-Elect Donald Trump stacks his cabinet with climate deniers – including Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general suing the Environmental Protection Agency, to head the EPA – it’s helpful to keep reminding the country that not too long ago Republicans were acknowledging and […]

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City of Peekskill Expands Conservation Advisory Council to Nine Members

City of Peekskill Expands Conservation Advisory Council to Nine Members

November 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

PEEKSKILL POST 11/29/16 By Bryan Fumagalli The Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) of Peekskill was expanded to nine members at Monday night’s Common Council meeting. Once certification by the state has been finalized, the new local law—which was passed unanimously by the Common Council following a recent public hearing—will be official […]

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Businesses Must Take the Lead on Climate-Change Action

Businesses Must Take the Lead on Climate-Change Action

November 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

TIME 11/17/16 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat With President-Elect Donald Trump publicly stating plans to remove, roll back, rescind and deregulate America’s environmental commitments—from the Clean Power Plan, which reduces emissions from dirty coal-fired power plants, to the Paris climate agreement, which aims to slow global warming—one wonders where […]

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