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CPR Member Scholars and staff are frequent contributors to newspaper opinion pages across the nation. Read what they have to say, below. Or read op-eds from earlier years.


EPA Enforcement in Distress — and More Trouble Is Brewing
by Joel Mintz, February 24, 2020 The Revelator

Argument preview: Justices to consider whether the Appalachian Trail blocks proposed natural gas pipeline
by Noah Sachs, February 18, 2020, SCOTUSBlog

Trump is trying to cripple the environment and democracy
by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, January 20, 2020, The Hill

President Trump Shouldn't Neuter National Environmental Policy
by Thomas McGarity, January 14, 2020, The Dallas Morning News

Trump rollback of two safeguards increases threat of chemical disaster in Virginia
by David Flores, January 1, 2020, The Roanoke Times


Did a Federal Ethics Loophole Worsen the Vaping Crisis?
by Matt Shudtz and Eric Hauser, December 23, 2019, The Regulatory Review

The rise and quick fall of the West tragedy's EPA rule
by Thomas McGarity, December 7, 2019, The Waco Tribune

The Port Neches disaster shows the risk of Trump rolling back environmental regulations
by Thomas McGarity, December 5, 2019, The Dallas Morning News

The Trump Administration's Insult to West, Texas
by Thomas McGarity, December 1, 2019, The Austin American-Statesman

With Port Neches burning, do we really think gutting the EPA is wise?
by Thomas McGarity, November 29, 2019, The Houston Chronicle

Eventually, Paris withdrawal will overshadow impeachment
by Joel Mintz, November 26, 2019, The Orlando Sentinel

Justices to Consider Reach of Clean Water Act's Permitting Requirement
by Lisa Heinzerling, November 4, 2019, SCOTUSBlog

How to Improve Allocations of Regulatory Authority
by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, October 22, 2019, The Regulatory Review

A Better Approach to Factoring Federalism Considerations into Regulatory Strategies
by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, October 14, 2019, Notice & Comment (Yale Journal on Regulation Blog)

Trump’s Decision to Hamstring California’s Climate Authority Is Illogical and Uninformed
by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, October 4, 2019, The Revelator

Another Trump Rollback that Will Harm Texans
by Thomas O. McGarity, September 10, 2019, The Austin American-Statesman

Overshoot: Trump's Deregulatory Zeal Goes Beyond Even Where Industry Asks Him to Go
by Amy Sinden, September 10, 2019, The Revelator

Trump Administration Rollbacks Disable Environmental Planning and Democracy
by Alejandro Camacho, September 3, 2019, The Hill

Amazon Prime: Workers Pay a Price for Fast, Free Shipping
by Katie Tracy and Shanna Devine, September 2, 2019, The Baltimore Sun

Congress Should Support Clean Energy Research & Development
by Joseph P. Tomain, August 22, 2019, The Hill

We Need a Climate Plan for Agriculture
by Laurie Ristino, August 15, 2019, The Hill

Can the Appalachian Trail Block a Natural Gas Pipeline?
by Noah Sachs, August 14, 2019, The American Prospect

Trump's Role Model
by David Driesen, July 29, 2019, Project Syndicate

The Cost-Benefit Boomerang
by Amy Sinden, July 26, 2019, The American Prospect

Cost-Benefit Analysis According to the Trump Administration
by Rena Steinzor, July 23, 2019, The Regulatory Review

Congress should not micromanage opioid drug labels
by Thomas McGarity, July 23, 2019, The Austin American-Statesman

Justices have an eye on control of federal agencies
by Joseph P. Tomain, July 23, 2019, The Columbus Dispatch

The Coming Decline of Anti-Regulatory Conservatism
by Joel Mintz, July 22, 2019, The Regulatory Review

Trump trashes the natural world and calls it 'environmental leadership'
by Joel Mintz, July 17, 2019, The Hill  

EPA's backward accounting protects polluters, not the people
by Amy Sinden and James Goodwin, July 1, 2019, The Hill  

What President Trump's Infrastructure Agenda Gets Wrong
by Alejandro Camacho, May 6, 2019, The Regulatory Review

How Climate Change Will Affect Real Lives -- Now and in the Future
by Dan Farber, May 3, 2019, The Revelator

What the Census Case Will Say About the Supreme Court
by William Buzbee, April 23, 2019, The New York Times

A defeat on offshore drilling extends the Trump administration's losing streak in court
by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, April 9, 2019, The Conversation (also in 24 other outlets, including the San Francisco ChronicleSeattle Post-IntelligencerNew Haven RegisterJacksonville Journal-CourierAlbany Times-UnionSan Antonio Express-NewsHouston Chronicle)

Enforce environmental laws before there's a fire
by Victor Flatt, April 7, 2019, The Houston Chronicle  

Opinion analysis: The justices wish Sturgeon “good hunting” in Sturgeon v. Frost
by Sandi Zellmer, March 27, 2019, SCOTUSBlog

Relax: Green New Deal Means Practical Innovations
by Joseph P. Tomain, March 22, 2019, The Columbus Dispatch  

A Call to Action on the Risk of Toxic Floodwaters in Virginia
by Noah Sachs and David Flores, March 14 2019, The Richmond Times-Dispatch  

Trump's National Monument Mischief
by Sarah Krakoff and Noah Anderson, March 13, 2019, RealClear Policy  

Youth Leadership Needed In Time of Climate Uncertainty
by Maya Soetoro-Ng and Maxine Burkett, March 13, 2019, Honolulu Civil Beat  

With One Tweak, the Green New Deal Could Be Great for Houston
by Victor Flatt, March 2, 2019, The Houston Chronicle  

Dismissing the Green New Deal as 'Socialism' Ignores Reality of Climate Crisis
by Alice Kaswan, February 28, 2019, The Hill  

Rikers Island Should Get Green Infrastructure
by Rebecca Bratspies and Costa Constantinides, February 27, 2019, City & State, New York  

It's Official: Trump's policies deter EPA staff from enforcing the law
by Joel Mintz, February 16, 2019, The Hill  

Last government shutdown offers lessons on avoiding another
by Joel Mintz, February 5, 2019, the South Florida Sun Sentinel  

The Shutdown and the Safety Gap
by Thomas O. McGarity, February 5, 2019, The American Prospect  

How Trump Officials Abuse Cost-Benefit Analysis to Attack Regulations
by Dan Farber, January 9, 2019, Washington Monthly  


Whose Science? A new era in regulatory 'science wars'
by Wendy Wagner, Elizabeth Fisher, Pasky Pascual, November 2018, Science  

Argument analysis: Justices express skepticism over using legislative motive in preemption analysis
by Emily Hammond, November 6, 2018, SCOTUSBlog

Argument analysis: Yukon-Charley continues to commandeer gray cells
by Sandi Zellmer, November 6, 2018, SCOTUSBlog

State pollution-permitting must be reformed to adapt to climate change
by David Flores, November 1, 2018, The Bay Journal  (Reprinted behind a paywall in the Star-Democrat of Easton, Md. and the Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.)

Argument preview: Justices may consider role of legislative motive in pre-emption analysis
by Emily Hammond, October 29, 2018, SCOTUSBlog

Argument preview: Can a hovercraft navigate the shoals of Yukon-Charley?
by Sandi Zellmer, October 29, 2018, SCOTUSBlog

Trump rolls back clean car standards as air quality worsens
by Alice Kaswan, October 25, 2018, The Fresno Bee

As hurricanes expose inequalities, civil courts may be ‘great equalizer’
by Martha McCluskey and Sidney Shapiro, October 16, 2018, The Hill 

Blind focus on ‘energy dominance’ may cripple Endangered Species Act
by Alejandro Camacho and Melissa Kelly, October 4, 2018, The Hill 

Brett Kavanaugh's Opportunistic Corner-Cutting
by Rena Steinzor, August 29, 2018, The Hill 

Trump’s Proposal to Replace the Clean Power Plan Endangers Public Health and the World’s Climate
by Joel Mintz, August 29, 2018, The Revelator 

What Will Protect Houston's Air from Trump's EPA?
by Victor Flatt, August 27, 2018, The Houston Chronicle 

Proposed rollbacks in vehicle emission limits pose serious environmental threats
by Joel Mintz, August 8, 2018, The Hill 

Kavanaugh's political leanings likely will be written into law
by Joseph P. Tomain, August 6, 2018, The Cincinnati Enquirer 

New EPA administrator, same menace to the environment
by Joel Mintz, July 30, 2018, The Miami Herald 

Kavanaugh may limit environmental protections if confirmed to the Supreme Court
by Joel Mintz, July 24, 2018, the South Florida Sun Sentinel 

Trump's policies blasting at the foundation of conservation in public land law
by Robert Glicksman, July 17, 2018, The Hill 

U-Turn on Twin Metals a massive giveaway of irreplaceable public resources
by Sandra Zellmer and Alexandra Klass, July 17, 2018, The Duluth News-Tribune 

Not content with his war on science, Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics
by Rob Verchick, June 28, 2018, The Los Angeles Times 

Baltimore employer of smothered worker should be held criminally accountable
by Rena Steinzor, June 8, 2018, The Baltimore Sun 

'Stopping rules' would say when it’s time to shift from debating to acting
by David Flores, June 8, 2018, The Bay Journal 

West-inspired EPA rules destined for ashes as chemical industry wins big
by Thomas O. McGarity, May 22, 2018, The Waco Tribune-Herald

Why Cities Are Putting Big Oil on Trial for Climate Change
by Lisa Heinzerling, May 22, 2018, San Jose Mercury-News

Pruitt Praised Scalia, But His Actions Sing a Different Tune
by William W. Buzbee, originally published May 15, 2018 and updated July 5, 2018, CNN

EPA 'Transparency' Rule Confuses Science and Regulatory Science
by Sid Shapiro, May 15, 2018, The Hill

Maryland Must Prioritize Worker Safety
by Katherine Tracy, April 25, 2018, The Baltimore Sun

Decline in EPA Enforcement Won't Keep Climate Bill from Coming
by Joel Mintz, April 22, 2018, The Hill

Look to Supreme Court for answers on whether Trump can fire Mueller
by Richard Pierce, April 12, 2018, The Hill

Trump is losing his war on regulations
by Lisa Heinzerling, March 27, 2018, The Washington Post

Congress Just Gave Big Agriculture the Pollution Green Light
by Laurie Ristino, March 23, 2018, The Hill

Justice Department's Enforcement Policies Make Change for the Worse
by Rena Steinzor, February 21, 2018, The Hill

The Congressional Review Act: A Damage Assessment
by Thomas O. McGarity, American Prospect, February 6, 2018

Bay Jurisdictions’ No-Action Climate Policy Puts Restoration in Peril
by Rena Steinzor and David Flores, January 31, 2018, The Bay Journal (Updating 12/14/17 article with latest developments)

Turning power over to states won't improve protection for endangered species
by Alejandro Camacho and Michael Robinson-Dorn, January 11, 2018, The Conversation


New tax law is welfare for the wealthy
by Joel Mintz, December 23, 2017, The Hill

Trump-era criminal justice 'reform' won't help stop mass incarceration
by Rena Steinzor, December 19, 2017, The Hill

Bay Jurisdictions’ No-Action Climate Policy Puts Restoration in Peril
by Rena Steinzor and David Flores, December 14, 2017, The Bay Journal

Don't Toss Out Cooperation in the West's Sage Country
by Daniel Rohlf, December 8, 2017, The Reno Gazette Journal

Trump Administration's Clean Power Plan Repeal Proposal Is Illegal
by William Buzbee, October 29, 2017, The Hill

Fuzzy Math to Assault Environmental Rules
by James Goodwin, September 28, 2017, Bloomberg-BNA Daily Environment Report

Burying Our Head in the Sand on Climate Change No Longer an Option
by Victor B. Flatt and Rob Verchick, September 28, 2017, The Houston Chronicle

Preparing for Hurricanes Should Not Fall to Ratepayers
by Matthew Shudtz and Evan Isaacson, September 20, 2017, The Baltimore Sun

United States marine national monuments are a world legacy
by Robin Kundis Craig, August 31, 2017, The Maui News

If EPA is Prevented from Enforcing Clean Water Laws, States Must Step Up
by Evan Isaacson and Jacqueline Guild, August 23, 2017, The Bay Journal. Also reprinted in Southern Maryland Online, September 5, 2017; Philadelphia Tribune, September 16, 2017; and the DelMarVa Daily Times, September 9, 2017.

The House Recently Sided with Big Banks Over Consumers
by Martha T. McCluskey, August 4, 2017, The Hill

Congress Must Stand Up for Independent Law Enforcement
by David Driesen, August 3, 2017, The Syracuse Post-Standard

Raise Maximum Fine to Deter Unsafe Working Conditions
by Martha T. McCluskey and Matt London, August 2, 2017, The Albany Times Union

Tangling Life-Saving Regulations in Red Tape
by Dan Farber, July 5, 2017, The Hill

Regulatory 'Reform' that Is Anything But
by William Buzbee, June 15, 2017, The New York Times

EPA Scientists said ban pesticide chlorpyrifos. Scott Pruitt said no
by Carl Cranor, June 7, 2017, The Los Angeles Times

Portman's regulatory reform bill will increase costs, bureaucracy
by Joseph P. Tomain, May 22, 2017, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Without Public Protections, Florida Will Suffer
by Alyson Flournoy and Mary Jane Angelo, May 17, 2017, The Pensacola News Journal

Time for a change of course by Trump on climate
by Joel Mintz, May 8, 2017, The Orlando Sentinel

Trump’s plan to dismantle national monuments comes with steep cultural and ecological costs
by Sandra Zellmer, Monte Mills and Michelle Bryan, May 3, 2017, The Conversation

100 Days, Trump and Precaution
by David Driesen and William C. Banks, April 28, 2017, HuffPost

The War on Regulation
by Rena Steinzor, April 17, 2017, The American Prospect

Trumping State Regulators and Juries
by Thomas McGarity, April 14, 2017, The American Prospect

Bill Would Weaken Neighbors’ Ability to Be Compensated in Hog Farm Lawsuits
by Sidney Shapiro and Vanessa Zboreak, April 2, 2017, The Raleigh News & Observer

Trump Can Order, But Federal Judges Will Decide on Climate Rules
by Victor Flatt, April 1, 2017, The Raleigh News & Observer

Trump Cuts and the EPA: Making America Less Healthy Again
by Joel Mintz, March 22, 2017, The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Regulation Against Lead Under Attack
by Rena Steinzor and Maxine Lipeles, March 21, 2017, The Missourian (Columbia)

EPA Just Adopted a See-No-Evil Policy
by Thomas McGarity, March 12, 2017, The Monitor (McAllen, Texas)

Texas Perspectives: EPA Just Adopted a See-No-Evil Policy
by Thomas McGarity, March 9, 2017, The Waco Tribune

EPA Just Adopted a See-No-Evil Policy
by Thomas McGarity, March 9, 2017, The Corpus Christi Caller Times

Ruling by Decree 
by David Driesen, March 3, 2017,The Hill

Bay Cleanup Must Factor in Climate Change 
by David Flores, February 28, 2017, The Baltlimore Sun

Trump's Two-for-One Regulation Order Will Lead to Court Battles 
by Richard Pierce, February 22, 2017, The Hill

Gorsuch Must Show Commitment to a Democratic America 
by Joseph P. Tomain, February 22, 2017, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Neil Gorsuch Might Stand Up Against Abuse of Power 
by Dan Farber, February 21, 2017, The Daily Californian

An Inauspicious Environmental Start for Trump 
by Joel Mintz, February 16, 2017, The Palm Beach Post

Who Needs the Dakota Access Pipeline? 
by Frank Ackerman, February 14, 2017, CommonDreams

The President’s Judicial Ignorance and Obstruction Is Dangerous
by Robert W. Adler, February 12, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune

Courts Should Kill Trump's Pricey '2-for-1' Deregulation Order
by Dan Farber, February 9, 2017, The Hill

Federal Rules to Prevent Another Deadly West Blast Now at Risk
by Thomas McGarity, February 4, 2017, The Waco Tribune

Federal Proposal Would Jeopardize Public Safety
by Thomas McGarity, February 2, 2017, The Houston Chronicle  

Environmental Law Protects Us All
by Victor Flatt, January 28, 2017, The Charlotte Observer

California may have to fund climate modeling and renewable energy research
by Ann Carlson and Dan Farber, January 24, 2017, The Sacramento Bee

Quietly Passed Act Favors Profits Over Health and Safety
by Thomas McGarity, January 20, 2017, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

For Our Health, Trump Administration Should Keep Clean Power Plan
by David Driesen and Charles Driscoll, January 20, 2017, the Syracuse Post-Standard

Clean Energy and the Myth of Free Markets
by Joseph P. Tomain, January 2, 2017, Cincinnati Enquirer


Dismantling Climate Rules Isn't So Easy
by William Buzbee, December 9, 2016, The New York Times

Beware Compounded Drugs, Especially Under Trump's FDA
by Rena Steinzor, December 8, 2016, American Prospect

About that Octopus in the Parking Garage
by Dan Farber and Rob Verchick, December 5, 2016, The Miami Herald

Wave of Corporate Wrongdoing Demands More Prosecution, Not Less
by Rena Steinzor and Dan Dudis, November 30, 2016, Huffington Post

Before Scuttling Regulations, Remember the Deadly, Destructive West Explosion
by Thomas McGarity, November 29, 2016, The Waco Tribune

Time to Reform Workers' Compensation Laws
by Thomas McGarity and Sidney Shapiro, November 6, 2016, The San Antonio Express

Lawmakers Must Stop Eroding Workers' Compensation Laws
by Thomas McGarity and Sidney Shapiro, November 3, 2016, The Austin American-Statesman

Texas Lawmakers Must Stop Eroding  Workers' Compensation Laws
by Thomas McGarity and Sidney Shapiro, November 1, 2016, The Rio Grande Guardian

Amendment 7 Seeks to Slow Climate Change
by Maxine Burkett and Makena Coffman, October 23, 2016, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

As Court Weighs Clean Power Plan, Rule's Approach Could Reduce Carbon Emissions, Improve Public Health
by Alice Kaswan, September 23, 2016, The Hill

House's September Agenda a Red Flag for November
by James Goodwin, September 23, 2016, The Hill

Our Energy Grid is Amazingly Vulnerable, and Climate Change is the Cause
by Rob Verchick, August 26, 2016, Slate

Obama's Use of Executive Orders to Bypass Gridlock
by Sidney Shapiro and Rena Steinzor, August 23, 2016, The New York Times

The politicization of science a damaging trend in North Carolina
by Sidney Shapiro, August 17, 2016, The Raleigh News & Observer

OSHA Penalties Are Too Low for Serious Workplace Violations
by Martha McCluskey, July 18, 2016, The Buffalo News

When a Workplace Tragedy is Also a Crime
by Rena Steinzor and Katherine Tracy, May 31, 2016, FairWarning

Worker Deaths Should Lead to Punishment for Companies, Executives
by Rena Steinzor and Katherine Tracy, May 29, 2016, The Sacramento Bee

Time for Environmental Crimes
by Rena Steinzor, May/June 2016, The Environmental Forum

Dangerous Bedfellows: The Stalemate on Criminal Justice Reform
by Rena Steinzor, Spring 2016, American Prospect

How a Hidden Clause Helps Banks and Others Rip You Off
by Martha McCluskey and Sidney Shapiro, May 13, 2016, The Charlotte Observer

Pollution Police Off the Beat
by Rena Steinzor and Evan Isaacson, May 6, 2016, The Baltimore Sun

Utah Judiciary's Lack of Diversity Will Not Correct Itself
by Robert W. Adler, May 2, 2016, The Salt Lake Tribune

Time for Communities to Face Climate Change
by Robert R.M. Verchick, April 15, 2016, The (New Orleans) Advocate

Judgment Day for Reckless Executives
by Rena Steinzor, April 7, 2016, The New York Times

Vacancy Creates Uncertainty on Supreme Court
by Joseph P. Tomain, March 16, 2016, The (Cincinnati) Enqurier

Food Safety’s Criminal State of Mind
by Rena Steinzor, January 6, 2016, Food Safety News

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