National Analysis

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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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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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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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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America’s Costly Addiction to Billion-Dollar Bailouts

America’s Costly Addiction to Billion-Dollar Bailouts

October 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 10/13/16 By Michael Shank This month, the Obama Administration decided to refrain from bailing out the health insurance industry. In doing so, the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed multimillion-dollar lawsuits from two big healthcare insurers, a move that would’ve circumvented Congress and was roiling Republicans who were threatening […]

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Pardon Edward Snowden

Pardon Edward Snowden

September 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/16/16 By Michael Shank Patriots come in all shapes and sizes, not just in American uniforms. Laudable service to your country can, and should, include caring for the “least of these,” protecting the environment and volunteering locally. Those are all equally important ways one can […]

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The Path To Clean Energy Requires An Energy-Storage Revolution

The Path To Clean Energy Requires An Energy-Storage Revolution

September 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

FAST COMPANY 09/15/16 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Mike Honda With the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s announcement this month that, in no uncertain terms, climate change played a pivotal role in Louisiana’s unprecedented rainfall and catastrophic flooding, it’s clear that, as a nation, we must take notice. […]

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California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

June 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

FAST COMPANY 6/21/16 By Michael Shank A historic deal to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with renewable energy could be a model for the rest of the country. There are few fuels that are causing more consternation in the environmental community than nuclear power. It’s seen by some as […]

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