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The Government Is Arming Police for War. Reform Can Start Right There

The Government Is Arming Police for War. Reform Can Start Right There

June 11, 2020 at 8:17 am

NEWSWEEK 06/11/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson America’s streets are looking increasingly like countries we dismiss as petty dictatorships and rogue states. Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles and Humvees are now patrolling cities all across America. We saw it at Standing Rock. We saw it in Ferguson. We saw […]

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It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

June 4, 2020 at 9:37 am

THE HILL 06/03/20 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda While governments act aggressively to save lives, stop any further spread of COVID-19, and reopen their economies, let’s not wait to prevent the next virus. More will come. Pandemics are picking up their pace. Thankfully, prevention is entirely […]

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A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

May 21, 2020 at 9:15 am

THE HILL 05/20/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks When the heads of all the agencies at the United Nations come together and find consensus on something, their advice is worth heeding. Recently, they did just that, issuing an emergency fund appeal and urging a rapid and coordinated […]

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FILE PHOTO: A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo - RC123E3513F0

Clean Energy is Not Just Good for the Environment. It Also Prevents War

February 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

NEWSWEEK 02/12/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Take oil out of the foreign policy picture, and American presidents would have lacked motive to preemptively attack Iraq, Libya and now Iran. There were equally authoritarian leaders of other countries at the time, operating with even greater propensity toward […]

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BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

BlackRock is Smart to Prioritize the Climate – and Business Leaders Know It. So What Are They Waiting For?

January 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

NEWSWEEK 1/17/20 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke We’re starting 2020 with some scary climate signals. We’ve finished another record-breaking year—but for the wrong reasons. 2019 locked in the highest global carbon emissions on record and was the second hottest year ever. At these rates, the climate change–caused […]

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A firefighter sprays water as embers threaten a residence as the Hillside fire burns through San Bernardino, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The blaze, which ignited during red flag fire danger warnings, destroyed multiple residences. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California Fires, Rising Seas: Millions of Climate Refugees Will Dwarf Dust Bowl by 2100

November 4, 2019 at 8:55 am

USA TODAY 11/04/19 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke An environmental crisis in the early 1900s created ‘Dust Bowl refugees.’ Today’s climate crisis is much bigger and will last for decades, not years. “Climate refugee” is likely a new term for most Americans. Also referred to as environmental […]

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The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

August 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

NEWSWEEK 08/21/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett While reports forecasting a climate change apocalypse and doomsday climate scenarios may get our momentary attention, they are not producing action. Even as we see the impact of climate change in devastating, intensified weather and the spread of disease, we […]

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As Climate Threats to Cities Grow, the Time to Act is Now

As Climate Threats to Cities Grow, the Time to Act is Now

July 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

REUTERS 07/22/19 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke As the costs and threats from climate change rise, the key is not to wait until it’s too late to take action U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke represents New York’s 9th district and serves on the House Energy and Commerce […]

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Climate Change is International Security Threat

Climate Change is International Security Threat

June 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm

VTDIGGER 06/19/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dr. Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Meeks is a senior […]

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It’s Time for the U.N. Security Council to Take on Climate Change

It’s Time for the U.N. Security Council to Take on Climate Change

June 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

REUTERS 06/07/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks With climate threats growing fast, the U.N. Security council has the power to cap greenhouse gas emissions on every country and sanction those who fail to comply Congressman Meeks (D-NY) is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee […]

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