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  • Our Infrastructure Is Racist. Biden’s Plan Seeks Justice | Opinion

    Our Infrastructure Is Racist. Biden’s Plan Seeks Justice | Opinion

    NEWSWEEK 4/12/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke President Joe Biden’s long-awaited American Jobs Plan has finally arrived, clocking in at $2.3 trillion in spending over eight years. In today’s dollars, this is almost 5 times the new funding provided in President Obama’s 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment […]

  • Political Disenfranchisement is Fueling Environmental Injustice

    Political Disenfranchisement is Fueling Environmental Injustice

    THE HILL 04/09/21 By Michael Shank Everyone in America deserves the right to clean air, clean water and clean environments in which to live. Achieving these basic human rights for all of us would be a major milestone in building an environmentally just and equitable society — and unfortunately, we’re […]

  • Wild West Condition

    Wild West Condition

    RUTLAND HERALD 09/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 09/27/21 By Michael Shank A local zoning administrator once told me — when I served as chairman of the Brandon Planning Commission — that Vermont was the “Wild West” when it came to rules and regs. He’s not wrong. I’ve witnessed this in the lax […]

  • Protecting Federal Lands Should be a No-Brainer

    Protecting Federal Lands Should be a No-Brainer

    THE HILL 03/19/21 By Michael Shank Undoing former President Donald Trump’s legacy of environmental damage and degradation — and his administration’s many regulatory rollbacks — has been high on President Joe Biden’s 100 days to-do list. The impressive lineup of environmental leaders appointed across energy, transportation, environment and interior departments […]

  • It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

    It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

    FAST COMPANY 03/09/21 By Michael Shank Now that Tom Vilsack is back at the helm at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for his second stint as secretary, receiving Senate confirmation last month, he’s been promoting conservation and a new bank to convince farmers to support climate action by paying […]