National Analysis

No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

September 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

NEWSWEEK 09/03/19 By Michael Shank The planet has finally arrived on America’s political main stage. On Wednesday, 10 Democratic presidential candidates will speak to voters for an expected seven hours about their policies to combat the climate crisis. This is unprecedented. Climate change has never received this kind of attention […]

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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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Keeping Our Planet Inhabitable

Keeping Our Planet Inhabitable

December 20, 2018 at 10:10 am

VTDIGGER 12/19/18By Michael Shank and US Congressman Alan LowenthalEditor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Rep. Alan Lowenthal. Shank, of Brandon, teaches sustainable development at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and is the communications director at the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Lowenthal, […]

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US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

October 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm

VTDIGGER 10/29/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Doggett, a Democrat, represents Texas communities from San […]

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  holds a sign supporting coal during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump EPA’s Watered-Down Emissions Standards Will Make Us Less Healthy and Less Wealthy

October 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

FAST COMPANY 10/11/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett When it comes to choosing the right energy to power America’s communities and economies, it’s safe to say that most Americans, if given the option, would choose an energy source much like they might choose a neighborhood in which […]

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Our Climate is Not For Sale

Our Climate is Not For Sale

October 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm

THE HILL 10/07/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson As President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency drops “climate change”, and its impact on children, from its latest rule on hydrofluorocarbons, it is time to talk honestly about science. Americans are busy working, taking care of their kids and loved […]

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Activists participate in the sHell No Flotilla part of the Paddle In Seattle protest.  Nearly a thousand people from country gathered May 16, 2015 in Seattle's Elliot Bay for a family-friendly festival and on-land rally to protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans.  Photo by Greenpeace

Ramping Up Action by the Climate Community

September 20, 2018 at 9:43 pm

VTDIGGER 09/20/18 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda The latest frightening climate study, predicting a devastating rise in sea levels in the lifetimes of babies born today, isn’t generating the sense of urgency that it should. Many more people need to be alarmed and engaged and there […]

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The Carbon Footprint of Wasted Food

The Carbon Footprint of Wasted Food

August 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

VTDIGGER 08/15/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some while ignoring others will only allow the mercury to continue to rise. And while […]

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The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

July 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

VTDIGGER 07/14/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district and serves […]

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