National Analysis

Businesses Must Take the Lead on Climate-Change Action

Businesses Must Take the Lead on Climate-Change Action

November 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

TIME 11/17/16 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat With President-Elect Donald Trump publicly stating plans to remove, roll back, rescind and deregulate America’s environmental commitments—from the Clean Power Plan, which reduces emissions from dirty coal-fired power plants, to the Paris climate agreement, which aims to slow global warming—one wonders where […]

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America’s Costly Addiction to Billion-Dollar Bailouts

America’s Costly Addiction to Billion-Dollar Bailouts

October 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 10/13/16 By Michael Shank This month, the Obama Administration decided to refrain from bailing out the health insurance industry. In doing so, the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed multimillion-dollar lawsuits from two big healthcare insurers, a move that would’ve circumvented Congress and was roiling Republicans who were threatening […]

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Pardon Edward Snowden

Pardon Edward Snowden

September 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/16/16 By Michael Shank Patriots come in all shapes and sizes, not just in American uniforms. Laudable service to your country can, and should, include caring for the “least of these,” protecting the environment and volunteering locally. Those are all equally important ways one can […]

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The Path To Clean Energy Requires An Energy-Storage Revolution

The Path To Clean Energy Requires An Energy-Storage Revolution

September 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

FAST COMPANY 09/15/16 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Mike Honda With the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s announcement this month that, in no uncertain terms, climate change played a pivotal role in Louisiana’s unprecedented rainfall and catastrophic flooding, it’s clear that, as a nation, we must take notice. […]

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California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

California Is Going Nuclear-Free, Which Means Everyone Else Can, Too

June 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

FAST COMPANY 6/21/16 By Michael Shank A historic deal to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with renewable energy could be a model for the rest of the country. There are few fuels that are causing more consternation in the environmental community than nuclear power. It’s seen by some as […]

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Trump Should Take a Lesson From the Pope on How to Lead

Trump Should Take a Lesson From the Pope on How to Lead

June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

FORTUNE 06/07/16 By Michael Shank He might actually yield a higher ROI by trying an alternative approach. Over the weekend, Pope Francis made a political statement inside the Vatican that has direct bearing on the U.S. presidential landscape: “Politics is one of the highest forms of charity.” Noting that we […]

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How Beyonce’s ‘Ivy Park’ Label Should Solve Sweatshop Scandal: Switch Suppliers

How Beyonce’s ‘Ivy Park’ Label Should Solve Sweatshop Scandal: Switch Suppliers

May 27, 2016 at 11:48 am

HUFFINGTON POST 5/26/17 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat Beyonce’s label, Ivy Park, launched in collaboration with British fast fashion company Topshop, is quickly falling short of her stated goal to “celebrate every woman and the body she’s in while always striving to be better”. Not every woman is being […]

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We’re Fiddling as the Climate Burns

We’re Fiddling as the Climate Burns

April 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

USA TODAY 04/19/16 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Michael Honda The elites are aflutter about the climate crisis. Here’s how to get more people alarmed and engaged. The latest frightening climate study, predicting a devastating rise in sea levels in the lifetimes of babies born today, isn’t generating the […]

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What Do We Mean When We Say “Clean Energy”?

What Do We Mean When We Say “Clean Energy”?

April 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

FAST COMPANY 04/08/16 By Michael Shank and Leilani Munter We need to stop using natural gas and nuclear on our way to truly clean power. We now know how extensively and dangerously oil industry giants, such as ExxonMobil, sowed doubt in the American mind regarding the existence of global warming, […]

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Food, Fashion, and Family Planning: The Final Carbon Frontier?

Food, Fashion, and Family Planning: The Final Carbon Frontier?

April 5, 2016 at 10:36 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 04/05/16 By Michael Shank Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from our personal carbon footprint will put all of us in some new, and potentially uncomfortable, situations as we move to more sustainable lifestyles. While it’s culturally acceptable to go green in the lightbulb and light transit categories, other conversations […]

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