National Journal

How America Can Prevent Instability in Syria & Help Solve the Civil War

How America Can Prevent Instability in Syria & Help Solve the Civil War

September 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

NATIONAL JOURNAL 09/16/13 By Michael Shank and Emily Wirzba What few people in Washington are talking about when it comes to the Syria crisis is the connection to climate change. While it may seem remote and implausible to Washington realists, the connection is clear. What is most disconcerting, however – […]

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New GMU-Yale Survey: US Civil Disobedience To Target Climate Inaction

New GMU-Yale Survey: US Civil Disobedience To Target Climate Inaction

August 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 08/19/13 By Michael Shank A report released this week on how the American public is thinking and talking about climate change — published by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication — may startle policymakers and the private […]

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Renewable Energy’s Nonviolent Future (Case: Somalia)

Renewable Energy’s Nonviolent Future (Case: Somalia)

August 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 08/12/13 By Michael Shank Having just returned from Somalia last week, and after meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources, the imperative to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy is increasingly becoming a moral one, not merely an environmental or financial one. In Somalia — where the […]

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Busting the Biofuels Boom

Busting the Biofuels Boom

July 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 07/29/13 By Michael Shank While I am all for a renewable fuel standard that boosts our production and consumption of renewable energy – as opposed to non-renewable fossil fuel energy – I think it is worth identifying several myths about biofuels first. In a bipartisan column I wrote […]

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The Fix for Fossil Fuel’s Spill Legacy: Democratization of Energy

The Fix for Fossil Fuel’s Spill Legacy: Democratization of Energy

July 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 07/22/13 By Michael Shank If Washington wants to avoid another Canadian case study and minimize the disasters associated with transporting fossil fuels it should, simply, stop transporting them. Here’s why and here’s how: The fossil fuel spill legacy is long. Most memorable is the Deepwater Horizon spill in […]

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The Bipartisan Way to Cut Costs in Congress: Energy Efficiency

The Bipartisan Way to Cut Costs in Congress: Energy Efficiency

July 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

NATIONAL JOURNAL 07/15/13 By Michael Shank Rarely does one turn to Congress for innovation. That is certainly the case with energy efficiency. Congress may be a go-to on oversight and accountability but not innovation. The Pentagon, in contrast, while not a leader in oversight and accountability (with no audit planned […]

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The War on Coal

The War on Coal

July 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 07/08/13 By Michael Shank The so-called “war on coal” that Senate Joe Manchin (D-WV) claimed recently is real, in direct response to President Barack Obama’s climate change speech in Georgetown, gained new momentum last month in a World Bank memo that pledged fewer Bank-funded coal projects. Manchin, who […]

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Beyond Regulation: New Norms Needed for the American Dream

Beyond Regulation: New Norms Needed for the American Dream

July 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

NATIONAL JOURNAL 07/01/13 By Michael Shank Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report citing that America could slow its obesity epidemic through a calorie tax. By putting a price on calories, much like we did with tobacco to slow tobacco use and ultimately the cancer […]

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Why Obama Must Go Big on Climate Change

Why Obama Must Go Big on Climate Change

June 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 06/24/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama must go big on climate change this Tuesday primarily because there will hardly be a better political moment available to him. If President Obama uses his speech to go soft — with meager caps on carbon emissions, weak investments in renewable […]

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US Admin and Public Supports IEA Report; Congress Remains Outlier

US Admin and Public Supports IEA Report; Congress Remains Outlier

June 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 06/17/13 By Michael Shank With carbon dioxide atmospheric concentration at 400 parts per million, Science Magazine reporting that the earth is warming much faster than previously thought, and a Government Accountability Office report citing the “high risks” that global warming poses to federal infrastructure and financing, it feels […]

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