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.

Joint Letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler re Cost-Benefit Analysis Proposal

Joint Letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler re Cost-Benefit Analysis Proposal from CPR Member Scholars. Nineteen CPR Member Scholars joined in comments calling on Wheeler to withdraw an Advance Notice of Public Rulemaking on cost-benefit analysis. August 13, 2018.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Aug. 13, 2018)
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Author(s): Alejandro Camacho, Kirsten Engel, Victor Flatt, Alexandra Klass, Thomas McGarity, Rebecca Bratspies, Heather Elliott, Daniel Farber, Robert Glicksman, Martha McCluskey, Joel Mintz, Richard Murphy, Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, Robert Verchick, Sidney Shapiro, Karen Sokol, Joseph Tomain
Proposed rollbacks in vehicle emission limits pose serious environmental threats

Joel Mintz in The Hill: Proposed rollbacks in vehicle emission limits pose serious environmental threats

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 8, 2018)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz
Kavanaugh's political leanings likely will be written into law

CPR's Joseph Tomain on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's likely impact on the judiciary.

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 6, 2018)
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Author(s): Joseph Tomain
A Real, Not Faux, Transparency Proposal for Regulatory Science

"No matter how many times the word, 'transparency,' is repeated to characterize" a Trump administration proposal on the use of science in regulation, "its effects would reverse progress," write Rena Steinzor and Wedny Wagner on The Regulatory Review's pages.

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 1, 2018)
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Author(s): Wendy Wagner, Rena Steinzor
New EPA administrator, same menace to the environment

Joel Mintz op-ed in Miami Herald: New EPA administrator, same menace to the environment

Type: Op-Eds (July 31, 2018)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz
Kavanaugh may limit environmental protections if confirmed to Supreme Court

Joel Mintz in the South Florida Sun Sentinel: Kavanaugh may limit environmental protections if confirmed to Supreme Court

Type: Op-Eds (July 27, 2018)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz
Trump's policies blasting at the foundation of conservation in public land law

Trump's policies blasting at the foundation of conservation in public land law, op-ed by Robert Glicksman

Type: Op-Eds (July 17, 2018)
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Author(s): Robert Glicksman
U-Turn on Twin Metals a massive giveaway of irreplaceable public resources

U-Turn on Twin Metals a massive giveaway of irreplaceable public resources, op-ed by Alexandra Klass and Sandra Zellmer

Type: Op-Eds (July 17, 2018)
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Author(s): Alexandra Klass, Sandra Zellmer
Pruitt Praised Scalia, But His Actions Sing a Different Tune

Pruitt Praised Scalia, But His Actions Sing a Different Tune, op-ed by William Buzbee

Type: Op-Eds (July 6, 2018)
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Author(s): William Buzbee
Deconstructing Regulatory Science

Writing for The Regulatory Review, Rena Steinzor and Wendy Wagner observe that "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt recently opened another front in his battle to redirect the agency away from its mission to protect human health and the environment. This time, he cobbled together a proposed rule that would drastically change how science is considered during the regulatory process."

Type: Op-Eds (June 19, 2018)
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Author(s): Wendy Wagner, Rena Steinzor

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