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.

Dismissing the Green New Deal as 'Socialism' Ignores Reality of Climate Crisis

Dismissing the Green New Deal as 'Socialism' Ignores Reality of Climate Crisis, op-ed by Alice Kaswan

Type: Op-Eds (Feb. 28, 2019)
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Author(s): Alice Kaswan
Rikers Island Should Get Green Infrastructure
Rikers Island Should Get Green Infrastructure, op-ed by Costa Constantinides and Rebecca Bratspies
Type: Op-Eds (Feb. 27, 2019)
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Author(s): Rebecca Bratspies
It's Official: Trump's policies deter EPA staff from enforcing the law

It's Official: Trump's policies deter EPA staff from enforcing the law, op-ed by Joel Mintz

Type: Op-Eds (Feb. 16, 2019)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz
Joint Comments on proposal from the National Archives and Department of Interior

Joint comments from CPR and other institutions to the National Archives and Records Administration's on the Department of Interior's natural resources planning and development document records schedule, November 26, 2018.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Nov. 26, 2018)
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Webinar: Post-Midterms Analysis of the 2018 Farm Bill Conservation Title

In 2018, the U.S. House and Senate passed drastically different versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Families across the country are anxiously watching as the conference committee tries to reconcile policy differences related to work requirements for SNAP benefits. And conservation-minded farmers are concerned because programs that help them keep their land productive and resilient are on the chopping block. On Thursday, November 15, 2018, CPR hosted a webinar featuring four national experts (Laurie Ristino, Ferd Hoefner, Caroline Kitchens, Alexandra Murdoch) sharing their analysis of what the midterm elections mean for the 2018 Farm Bill, with a focus on the conservation title.

Type: Webinars (Nov. 15, 2018)
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Author(s): Laurie Ristino
Joint Letter to Members of Congress from the Clean Budget Coalition urging passage of remaining FY19 appropriations bills without "poison pill" ideological policy riders

Joint Letter to Members of Congress from the Clean Budget Coalition urging passage of remaining FY19 appropriations bills without "poison pill" ideological policy riders, November 13, 2018.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Nov. 13, 2018)
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Justices express skepticism over using legislative motive in preemption analysis

Writing in SCOTUSblog, Emily Hammond reviews oral arguments in Virginia Uranium Mining v Warren.

Type: Op-Eds (Nov. 6, 2018)
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Yukon-Charley continues to commandeer gray cells

Sandra Zellmer, writing for SCOTUSblog reviews arguments in a key case over protections of national park land.

Type: Op-Eds (Nov. 6, 2018)
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Author(s): Sandra Zellmer
State pollution-permitting must be reformed to adapt to climate change

Writing in the Bay Journal, David Flores focuses on Maryland's pollution permitting and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay

Type: Op-Eds (Nov. 1, 2018)
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Author(s): David Flores
Can a hovercraft navigate the shoals of Yukon-Charley?

CPR's Sandi Zellmer previews a case over regulation of navigable waters and public lands.

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 29, 2018)
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Author(s): Sandra Zellmer

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