National Analysis

Proof Nuclear Energy Is a Huge Security Risk

Proof Nuclear Energy Is a Huge Security Risk

March 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

FORTUNE 03/08/16 By Michael Shank It’s time to rethink what constitutes “clean energy” Nuclear energy is not the answer to America’s necessary clean energy transition. It’s an expensive, dirty, and dangerous fuel, which is why seven electrical engineers at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) noted, last week, significant safety […]

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Indian Point: Past Its Expiration Date

Indian Point: Past Its Expiration Date

March 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm

NEW YORK TIMES 03/07/16 By Michael Shank and Paul Gallay Ossining, N.Y. — LAST month, samples showed a spike in the amount of radioactive tritium being discharged from Indian Point Energy Center into the groundwater near our homes along the Hudson River. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered several state agencies […]

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters outside a polling place in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RTX267JP

Analysis: Progressive Policies Provide Answer for Sanders’ Foreign Policy Gap

February 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm

MSNBC 2/10/16 By Michael Shank Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy — or apparent lack thereof — is not an oversight that’s unique to the presidential candidate. It’s representative of a pervasive problem within the progressive movement. Progressive elected officials in America are more often raised on domestic issues: lobbying on healthcare, […]

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What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the U.S.

What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the U.S.

February 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

TIME MAGAZINE 02/09/15 By Michael Shank and Justin Talbot-Zorn It isn’t just how much money people are making—it’s also what people are breathing, drinking and eating On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took leave from the New Hampshire campaign trail to address to a local church in Flint, Mich. Just a few […]

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How Sustainability Should Shape the American Diet

How Sustainability Should Shape the American Diet

October 28, 2015 at 5:31 pm

MSNBC 10/27/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright The World Health Organization’s somewhat startling finding this week, that processed meats can be carcinogenic, has suddenly brought national dietary policy into sharp focus.  Although the headline is an unsettling one, it is nonetheless altogether timely because of what is […]

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UNITED STATES - MAY 7: Sen. David Vitter, R-La., speaks as, from left, Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., look on, during a news conference in the Capitol's Senate studio on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, May 7, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill on Senate Floor Unsafe and Unwise

October 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

HUFFINGTON POST 10/20/15 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner This month, North Carolina state lawmakers voted to prohibit so-called sanctuary ordinances in cities and counties throughout the state. While a sanctuary ordinance may sound esoteric enough, the reality is much more harsh. Among the myriad consequences, under the new law […]

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Climate Action Is Solution to Slowing Superstorms

Climate Action Is Solution to Slowing Superstorms

October 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm

ROLL CALL 10/16/15 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke New Yorkers will need to get used to storms like Superstorm Sandy, according to a study published recently by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Instead of every 500 years, scientists from the PNAS anticipate these storms […]

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Anti-Immigration Legislation Makes Cities and Citizens Less Safe

Anti-Immigration Legislation Makes Cities and Citizens Less Safe

October 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

THE HILL 10/16/15 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner This month, North Carolina state lawmakers voted to prohibit so-called sanctuary ordinances in cities and counties throughout the state. While a sanctuary ordinance may sound esoteric enough, the reality is much more harsh. Among the myriad consequences, under the new law […]

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Cities Will Make or Break Any Deal on Carbon Emissions. Here’s Why

Cities Will Make or Break Any Deal on Carbon Emissions. Here’s Why

October 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

CITY METRIC 10/09/15 By Michael Shank Cities are acting ambitiously on climate change – and that has big implications for the rest of the planet. Last month, urban officials attended the US-China Climate Leaders summit and announced a raft of carbon emissions targets, clean energy partnerships, and initiatives around transpacific […]

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Let’s Slow Down the Next Superstorm

Let’s Slow Down the Next Superstorm

October 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

USA TODAY 10/05/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Charles Rangel New research on the frequency of Sandy-type storms makes acting on climate change more urgent The news last week that New York City faces Superstorm Sandy-level flooding every 25 years, instead of every 500 years, is a wet blanket […]

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