National Analysis

Defining Clean Energy

Defining Clean Energy

February 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm

VTDIGGER 02/13/18 By Michael Shank and Leilani Münter Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Leilani Münter. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and Urban Sustainability Directors Network and writes in his personal capacity. Münter is a biology graduate turned professional race […]

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12 Ways to Improve Climate Change Communications

12 Ways to Improve Climate Change Communications

November 22, 2017 at 11:19 am

HUFFINGTON POST 11/22/17 By Michael Shank Environmentalists have long depended on good data and sound science to determine the direction of their advocacy agendas. Climate change campaigns are an excellent example of this. They’re reliant on rigorous modeling, and the science-based estimates and forecasting that follow, to substantiate and legitimate […]

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Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

August 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm

THE HILL 08/21/17 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This country desperately needs a positive vision, some goals for where we’re going. Instead, it’s all negative all the time; a daily slashing and burning of hard-fought protections. Take the environment, for example. In this month, the Trump administration […]

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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

June 2, 2017 at 8:33 am

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 […]

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Every Purchase You Make Is A Chance To Vote With Your Wallet

Every Purchase You Make Is A Chance To Vote With Your Wallet

April 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm

FAST COMPANY 04/05/17 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bédat  You may not realize it, but you have a lot of political power–not at the voting booth, but in the checkout line. In this new age of consumer activism, buyers are sending strong signals to American companies–with impressive results. No longer […]

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Waste Will Win Under Trump

Waste Will Win Under Trump

March 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 3/27/17 By Michael Shank President Donald Trump is missing a major market opportunity in loosening fuel economy standards, a direction decided in Detroit last week. Trump, apparently, wants America to miss out on the global growth of energy efficient vehicles. The numbers speak for themselves. […]

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Dumping Military Kit on Cops Makes Main Street a War Zone

Dumping Military Kit on Cops Makes Main Street a War Zone

March 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm

NEWSWEEK 03/17/17 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson As thousands of Native Americans protested across the country this weekend, led in part by the Standing Rock Sioux, taking the protest to the White House and to Trump Tower, it’s important to remember that Standing Rock was recently a […]

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How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

How Plastic Bottles Benefit ExxonMobil

March 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 03/09/17 By Michael Shank America has a dangerous and deadly addiction to plastic. If recent trends in New York State are any indication, it’s not going away anytime soon, thanks, in part, to multi-million-dollar lobbying by the plastic manufacturing industry. Yet the recent showdown over plastic bag fees […]

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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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