National Analysis

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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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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