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Political Disenfranchisement is Fueling Environmental Injustice

Political Disenfranchisement is Fueling Environmental Injustice

April 9, 2021 at 10:45 am

THE HILL 04/09/21 By Michael Shank Everyone in America deserves the right to clean air, clean water and clean environments in which to live. Achieving these basic human rights for all of us would be a major milestone in building an environmentally just and equitable society — and unfortunately, we’re […]

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Protecting Federal Lands Should be a No-Brainer

Protecting Federal Lands Should be a No-Brainer

March 20, 2021 at 1:25 pm

THE HILL 03/19/21 By Michael Shank Undoing former President Donald Trump’s legacy of environmental damage and degradation — and his administration’s many regulatory rollbacks — has been high on President Joe Biden’s 100 days to-do list. The impressive lineup of environmental leaders appointed across energy, transportation, environment and interior departments […]

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The US is Ripe for Climate-Friendly Diets

The US is Ripe for Climate-Friendly Diets

February 23, 2021 at 10:28 pm

THE HILL 02/23/21 By Michael Shank Since receiving President Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is indicating that he’s newly committed to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that prioritizes sustainability, regenerative and climate resilient agriculture. It’s a welcomed shift from previous stints as […]

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Methane Is More Dangerous Than Carbon Dioxide — the Gas Index Can Help

Methane Is More Dangerous Than Carbon Dioxide — the Gas Index Can Help

January 2, 2021 at 11:54 am

THE HILL 01/01/21 By Michael Shank This month witnessed the launch of the first-ever “Gas Index”, which ranks American metropolitan areas on the leakiness of the gas supply chains that service their cities. This new index — which Burlington, Vt., ranks in the middle of — takes into account methane […]

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Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

July 31, 2020 at 2:42 pm

THE HILL 07/31/20 By Michael Shank The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now needs bipartisan Senate support, is the bellwether for what’s possible in tackling systemic racism in America. The bill, which targets racial discrimination and excessive use of […]

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3 Ways to Launch a Factory Farm Divestment Movement

3 Ways to Launch a Factory Farm Divestment Movement

June 17, 2020 at 9:46 pm

THE HILL 06/17/20 By Michael Shank It’s time for a global divestment campaign against the factory farming industry. It has now proved itself to be as harmful to human health as the fossil fuel industry. While air pollution is prematurely killing 7 million humans annually — for which fossil fuels, […]

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It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

June 4, 2020 at 9:37 am

THE HILL 06/03/20 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda While governments act aggressively to save lives, stop any further spread of COVID-19, and reopen their economies, let’s not wait to prevent the next virus. More will come. Pandemics are picking up their pace. Thankfully, prevention is entirely […]

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A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

May 21, 2020 at 9:15 am

THE HILL 05/20/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks When the heads of all the agencies at the United Nations come together and find consensus on something, their advice is worth heeding. Recently, they did just that, issuing an emergency fund appeal and urging a rapid and coordinated […]

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Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

May 8, 2020 at 1:47 pm

THE HILL 05/08/20 By Michael Shank Thanks to a new study by Harvard University – that there’s a clear link between long-term exposure to air pollution and higher COVID-19 death rates, there’s yet another reason to electrify our transportation. (As if 50,000 Americans dying prematurely every year from transportation emissions […]

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Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

April 21, 2020 at 10:40 am

THE HILL 04/21/20 By Michael Shank and Carter Dillard While there’s much to celebrate this week as we recognize the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the world made a baseline mistake in developing environmental policy decades ago. It chose to treat nature as an unlimited resource for humans. This baseline […]

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