Roll Call

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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The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change

The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change

April 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

ROLL CALL 04/15/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Mike Honda Most Americans know, in general, about climate change. Even those who dispute it have read or heard about rising tides, melting ice caps and superstorms. However, the American people remain largely unaware of how climate change will potentially affect […]

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Protecting America’s Clean Drinking Water

Protecting America’s Clean Drinking Water

December 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

ROLL CALL 12/29/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Charles Rangel The causes and consequences of the hottest year on record, which is now shaping up to be 2014 according to the World Meteorological Organization and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are likely to have a lasting impact on New […]

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Jobs Index Shows Dismal Outlook for US Workers

Jobs Index Shows Dismal Outlook for US Workers

October 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

ROLL CALL 10/23/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Steve Cohen (D-TN) This month, the first-ever global ranking of countries based on the quantity — and quality — of their jobs was released. The JustJobs Index uses empirical data to provide workers around the world with a simple answer to […]

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Divestment-Investment Can Break Congressional Gridlock on Climate Change

Divestment-Investment Can Break Congressional Gridlock on Climate Change

August 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

ROLL CALL 08/28/14 By Michael Shank and Julia Trezona Peek Once the lone province of climate scientists, the chorus warning of the costs of inaction on climate change grows larger daily, from former United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who warned Washington this summer of the coming climate bubble, to […]

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Embracing Healthier Communities Through Clean Energy

Embracing Healthier Communities Through Clean Energy

June 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm

ROLL CALL 06/10/14 By Michael Shank and Rep. 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 to […]

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Letter From Yemen: How to Undermine al-Qaida

Letter From Yemen: How to Undermine al-Qaida

May 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

ROLL CALL 05/08/14 By Michael Shank For many in Congress, Yemen evokes a predominantly negative image, one characterized by al-Qaida. Recent targeting of German and Russian nationals in Sana’a doesn’t help. Preparing for my recent trip there, I was warned about kidnapping. While kidnapping of foreigners is not uncommon, my […]

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Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse

Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse

April 8, 2014 at 3:42 am

ROLL CALL 04/08/14 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congressman John Conyers This year, food security is set to suffer another big setback, and the culprit could not be cuter: honeybees. Last winter, America’s beekeeping industry lost nearly half of all its bee colonies. And the numbers keep falling. Last summer, […]

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Jobs: A Human Right

Jobs: A Human Right

February 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

ROLL CALL 02/12/14 By Michael Shank There are several signs in the House of Representatives that indicate that members of Congress are taking seriously the call to create quality employment for Americans. This is a good thing and something of which we need to see more, especially with 50 million […]

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A Quick Climate Cure: Stopping Super Pollutants

A Quick Climate Cure: Stopping Super Pollutants

December 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

ROLL CALL 12/09/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Scott Peters With gridlock gripping Washington, D.C., and preventing action on even simple fronts, it’s hard to see how Congress and the president will agree on good climate action policy. But the need is clear. Examples of extreme weather occurrences seem […]

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