Climate Change

The Bipartisan Way to Cut Costs in Congress: Energy Efficiency

The Bipartisan Way to Cut Costs in Congress: Energy Efficiency

July 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

NATIONAL JOURNAL 07/15/13 By Michael Shank Rarely does one turn to Congress for innovation. That is certainly the case with energy efficiency. Congress may be a go-to on oversight and accountability but not innovation. The Pentagon, in contrast, while not a leader in oversight and accountability (with no audit planned […]

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Cost Cutting in Congress Faces Fossil Fuel Obstructionism

Cost Cutting in Congress Faces Fossil Fuel Obstructionism

July 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 07/13/13 By Michael Shank Rarely does one turn to Congress for innovation. That is certainly the case with energy efficiency. Congress may be a go-to on oversight and accountability but not innovation. The Pentagon, in contrast, while not a leader in oversight and accountability (with no audit planned […]

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Beyond Regulation: New Norms Needed for the American Dream

Beyond Regulation: New Norms Needed for the American Dream

July 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

NATIONAL JOURNAL 07/01/13 By Michael Shank Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report citing that America could slow its obesity epidemic through a calorie tax. By putting a price on calories, much like we did with tobacco to slow tobacco use and ultimately the cancer […]

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Obama Thinks Too Small on Climate Change

Obama Thinks Too Small on Climate Change

June 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 06/25/13 By Michael Shank Global climate change got little reprieve this week from President Barack Obama’s climate action plan, which was announced on Tuesday. Beyond the expected nods to renewable and clean energy, cuts to fossil fuel subsidies, vague references to international leadership, delegated direction […]

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Why Obama Must Go Big on Climate Change

Why Obama Must Go Big on Climate Change

June 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 06/24/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama must go big on climate change this Tuesday primarily because there will hardly be a better political moment available to him. If President Obama uses his speech to go soft — with meager caps on carbon emissions, weak investments in renewable […]

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5 Reasons Why Obama’s Climate Change Moment Mustn’t Be Missed

5 Reasons Why Obama’s Climate Change Moment Mustn’t Be Missed

June 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 06/24/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama must go big on climate change this Tuesday primarily because there will hardly be a better political moment available to him. If President Obama uses his speech to go soft — with meager caps on carbon emissions, weak investments in renewable […]

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US Admin and Public Supports IEA Report; Congress Remains Outlier

US Admin and Public Supports IEA Report; Congress Remains Outlier

June 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 06/17/13 By Michael Shank With carbon dioxide atmospheric concentration at 400 parts per million, Science Magazine reporting that the earth is warming much faster than previously thought, and a Government Accountability Office report citing the “high risks” that global warming poses to federal infrastructure and financing, it feels […]

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Congress Must Tax Fossil Fuels

Congress Must Tax Fossil Fuels

April 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

ROLL CALL 04/19/13 BY Michael Shank and Jose Aguto The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to delay greenhouse gas emissions regulations for new power plants — one of President Barack Obama’s main levers to limit global warming — is a serious setback to our country’s commitment to environmental and […]

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Cost of Inaction Will Be Great

Cost of Inaction Will Be Great

March 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 03/28/12 By Michael Shank America’s commitment to tackle climate change just suffered setbacks with news that President Barack Obama might weaken the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations for new power plants, one of the president’s main levers to limit warming, and Science Magazine’s reporting that the earth is […]

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Vegetarians Find Options Wanting at Capitol Complex

Vegetarians Find Options Wanting at Capitol Complex

March 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

ROLL CALL 03/15/13 By Emily Cahn For busy staffers on Capitol Hill, whose hectic days are often scheduled down to the minute, grabbing lunch often means a trip to the cafeterias scattered around the Capitol complex. Although there are multiple dining spots on the campus’s House and Senate sides, offering […]

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