National Analysis

Larger Meaning of ‘Use it or Lose it’

Larger Meaning of ‘Use it or Lose it’

July 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm

THE HILL 07/10/08 By Michael Shank That Congress is pressuring oil companies to “use it or lose it” on public lands is understandable enough given constituent discontent with rocketing petrol prices (article, “Energy bill out of gas,” July 8). But this narrow and nebulous agenda is near-sighted for two reasons. […]

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This Earth Day is Different

This Earth Day is Different

April 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

THE HILL 04/22/08 By Michael Shank and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) Earth Day, for some, is comparable to a sacred holiday, reminding us to tread carefully on nature’s hallowed ground. For others, Earth Day serves as a starter on the basics of recycling and light-bulb changing. Regardless of the myriad […]

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Bali Confirmed the Shift: Nation Is On Board Now

Bali Confirmed the Shift: Nation Is On Board Now

February 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH  02/22/08 By Michael Shank and US Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) It’s missing the point to think about the United Nations climate change conference in Bali last December based upon on whether specific targets were agreed upon or not. This point ignores dramatic historical changes in the world concerning […]

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High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

February 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

THE HILL 02/06/08 By Michael Shank In the article “Club for Growth goes after Gilchrest with ad buy” (Feb. 1), caustic conservatives, wielding a weighty $590,000 in television ad spending, queue to attack Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) prior to Maryland’s Feb. 12 GOP primary. Those in Washington favoring a deliberative […]

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Congress’s Goals on CAFE, Biofuels Don’t Go Far Enough

Congress’s Goals on CAFE, Biofuels Don’t Go Far Enough

December 6, 2007 at 10:35 pm

THE HILL 12/06/07 By Michael Shank Coinciding with the United Nations climate change conference in Bali this week, Congress remains mired in energy bill deliberations. And it appears that foreign leaders abroad are the more formidable fighters against global warming. In the article “New groups get in ring as energy […]

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Steer Concerned Celebrities Instead of Stifling Them

Steer Concerned Celebrities Instead of Stifling Them

November 1, 2007 at 9:56 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/01/07 By Michael Shank Sir, Gideon Rachman (“The aid crusade and Bono’s brigade”, October 30) has it right: it is better to have rock stars roiling for debt relief than resorting to hotel room romping. Yet Mr Rachman sides with the cynics on celebrity campaigning by taking issue […]

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Biofuels are Helpful but no Panacea for Relieving America’s Dependence on Oil

Biofuels are Helpful but no Panacea for Relieving America’s Dependence on Oil

September 27, 2007 at 10:05 pm

THE HILL 09/27/07 By Michael Shank, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) House and Senate conferees working on the omnibus energy bill should include provisions in the conference report that will support the expansion of sustainable biofuels. To do that, several myths about biofuels need to be […]

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Pioneers Can Secure Our Future

Pioneers Can Secure Our Future

September 14, 2007 at 10:08 pm

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 09/13/07 By Michael Shank and US Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) Russia, Canada, and the United States are rushing to the North Pole in a pioneer-like land grab for an estimated 25 percent of the world’s unknown oil and gas reserves. One wonders when we will learn. Oil and […]

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Wal-Mart is Walking the Walk on Sustainability

Wal-Mart is Walking the Walk on Sustainability

September 12, 2007 at 9:59 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 09/12/07 By Michael Shank Sir, With reference to “Soft soap? Why the greening of Wal-Mart may hinder the way to a sustainable world” (September 10): it should be a soft sell for the unconverted. Preaching with no less flair than a southern Baptist preacher, Arkansas’ Wal-Mart is leading […]

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Social Justice is the Will of the People: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Social Justice is the Will of the People: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

June 5, 2005 at 10:57 pm

SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Vol. 3, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2005 By Michael Shank The Transforming Social Justice section of this issue explores what social justice is, what the social justice movement has accomplished, and whether the movement should transform itself to confront today’s most pressing issues effectively. Mr. Noam […]

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