Local Analysis

Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

May 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

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 […]

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Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

May 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

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 […]

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Kick the Plastic Habit

Kick the Plastic Habit

March 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

JOURNAL NEWS 03/21/17 By Michael Shank America has a dangerous addiction to plastic. If recent trends in New York State are any indication, it’s not going away anytime soon, thanks to multi-million-dollar lobbying by the plastics industry. The recent showdown over plastic bag fees in Albany shows the unwillingness of […]

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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 can […]

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Cuomo Wrong on Nuclear Plant Bailout

Cuomo Wrong on Nuclear Plant Bailout

October 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

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 […]

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River at Risk: Oil, Gas, Nukes Threaten New York Health

River at Risk: Oil, Gas, Nukes Threaten New York Health

September 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

HUFFINGTON POST 09/19/16 By Michael Shank The Hudson River is under threat, again. Just when we thought we were in the clear – and that river towns up and down the Hudson Valley could enjoy scenic river views for restaurants, new housing, parks and other critical economic development – we’re […]

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Bucolic Peekskill Under Attack

Bucolic Peekskill Under Attack

September 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

JOURNAL NEWS 09/14/16 By Michael Shank Film series raises awareness about threats to our health and our Hudson Valley home One year ago, I moved to Peekskill to have more nature in my life. While my professional path has kept me in the city, my preferred setting is where the air […]

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The NYC Security Risk That Candidates Aren’t Discussing

The NYC Security Risk That Candidates Aren’t Discussing

February 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 1/29/16 By Michael Shank Americans are slowly, but surely, becoming more familiar with, and fearful of, acts of terror. “Terrorism” dominates the presidential campaign debates with few other policy topics getting such prominence. Yet with all of the front runners’ hometown familiarity with one of America’s most frequent […]

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Redefining “Pro-Life”: The Importance of Family Planning

Redefining “Pro-Life”: The Importance of Family Planning

January 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

MEDIUM 1/14/16 By Michael Shank This week, I became an “end-of-the-liner”. It’s a term I’m using to refer to my newly vasectomied self. I haven’t yet had kids of my own but I’ve decided to preemptively put an end to my branch of the Shank ancestral line. While perhaps appearing […]

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The Noxious Origins of NYC Gentrification: Cooking Gas

The Noxious Origins of NYC Gentrification: Cooking Gas

December 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 12/18/15 By Michael Shank Keeping landlords honest in New York City – or New York State, for that matter – is not an enviable task, given how common the less-than-honest ones are, but it’s a job that nonetheless falls squarely in the laps of city and state officials. […]

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