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Bipartisanship in Name Only Helps No One

VTDIGGER 07/13/22 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank, a resident of Montpelier who is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Over the July 4 weekend, a resident of a town in […]

Climate Talks

RUTLAND HERALD 06/18/22 TIMES ARGUS 06/18/22 By Michael Shank Any time the international community convenes to talk about climate change, there’s a predictable mix of criticism and encouragement. This month’s 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Declaration, commemorating the United Nations first official gathering to discuss the “human environment” and ways […]

Pinpoint Our Real Problem — Our ‘Suicidal War on Nature’

VTDIGGER 06/15/22 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Montpelier, director of engagement for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Shank recently returned from Stockholm+50. Anytime […]

Yes, Prosecute Putin, but U.S. Is Culpable Too

VTDIGGER 03/24/22 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank, an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. This article first ran in Newsweek. When President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a war […]

Let’s Lock in a Precedent to Prevent Future Wars

VTDIGGER 3/10/22 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Dr. Michael Shank, a resident of Montpelier who is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. This article first ran in Newsweek. Citizens around the world […]

Our Defense Agencies Should Respond to Climate

VTDIGGER 12/28/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Clarke This commentary is by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Michael Shank of Montpelier, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Center for Global […]

Extreme Weather, Global Changes Violate our Property Rights

VTDIGGER 10/01/21 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva This commentary is by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Michael Shank of Montpelier, communications director for Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global […]

‘Best State’ Rankings Ignore Armed White Supremacy

VTDIGGER 09/08/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Last month, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked ten U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked […]

Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

VTDIGGER 07/23/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This column is by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York and Dr. Michael Shank of Brandon. Clarke is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chair of the Smart Cities Caucus. Shank is communications director for […]

It’s Long Past Time Vermont Sent a Woman to Congress

VTDIGGER 07/01/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. To all the older white men potentially queuing for the 2022 election for U.S. Senate to represent Vermont, please step aside. Speaking as a white […]