Environment & Energy

Our planet faces unprecedented environmental challenges, threatening ecosystems, species, coastal communities, and all too often, human life itself. Heading the list of threats is climate change, with its promise of drastic environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval. But we also face persistent problems of air and water pollution, toxic wastes, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and other Great Waters, and protecting natural resources and wildlife.

Central to the environmental health of the nation and the planet is decreasing our dependence on energy derived from burning fossil fuels. Our continued reliance on these sources is literally endangering the planet's ability to sustain life as we know it. Yet many policymakers, with the financial and rhetorical support of energy companies bent on making a profit at the cost of the planet's health, continue to resist desperately needed reforms. Read about CPR’s work protecting the environment in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

A defeat on offshore drilling extends the Trump administration's losing streak in court

A defeat on offshore drilling extends the Trump administration's losing streak in court, op-ed by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman

Type: Op-Eds (April 9, 2019)
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Author(s): Robert Glicksman, Alejandro Camacho
Enforce environmental laws before there's a fire

Enforce environmental laws before there's a fire, op-ed by Victor Flatt

Type: Op-Eds (April 7, 2019)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
Opinion analysis: The justices wish Sturgeon 'good hunting' in Sturgeon v. Frost
Opinion analysis: The justices wish Sturgeon 'good hunting' in Sturgeon v. Frost, op-ed by Sandra Zellmer
Type: Op-Eds (March 27, 2019)
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Author(s): Sandra Zellmer
Relax: Green New Deal Means Practical Innovations

Relax: Green New Deal Means Practical Innovations, op-ed by Joseph P. Tomain

Type: Op-Eds (March 22, 2019)
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Author(s): Joseph Tomain
A Call to Action on the Risk of Toxic Floodwaters in Virginia

A Call to Action on the Risk of Toxic Floodwaters in Virginia, op-ed by Noah Sachs and David Flores

Type: Op-Eds (March 13, 2019)
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, David Flores
Trump's National Monument Mischief
Trump's National Monument Mischief, op-ed by Sarah Krakoff and Robert Anderson
Type: Op-Eds (March 13, 2019)
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Author(s): Sarah Krakoff
Youth Leadership Needed In Time of Climate Uncertainty
Youth Leadership Needed In Time of Climate Uncertainty, op-ed by Maxine Burkett and Maya Soetoro-Ng
Type: Op-Eds (March 13, 2019)
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Author(s): Maxine Burkett
Toxic Floodwaters: The Threat of Climate-Driven Chemical Disaster in the James River Watershed

The James River watershed in Virginia is particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. It faces higher than average sea-level rise, intensifying precipitation rates, and increased hurricane risks. As major storms cause serious and potentially toxic flooding in the James River watershed – and elsewhere in the United States – residents are reminded that the industries surrounding them are not doing enough to plan and adapt to our changing world.

Type: Reports (March 7, 2019)
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, David Flores
March 6, 2019, New Report Highlights Climate Change, Toxic Flooding Threats to Vulnerable Communities in Virginia

A new report highlights the role climate change and the lack of adequate planning and preparation plays in increasing the threats of toxic floodwaters, with a focus on Virginia.

Type: News Releases (March 6, 2019)
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With One Tweak, the Green New Deal Could Be Great for Houston

With One Tweak, the Green New Deal Could Be Great for Houston, op-ed by Victor Flatt

Type: Op-Eds (March 2, 2019)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt

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