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.

November 19, 2010, Steinzor Comments on EPA's Coal Ash Proposal: Effort to Regulate Toxic Coal Ash Hijacked by Faulty, OMB-Generated, Economic Estimates of High Costs.
November 19, 2010, Steinzor Comments on EPA's Coal Ash Proposal: Effort to Regulate Toxic Coal Ash Hijacked by Faulty, OMB-Generated, Economic Estimates of High Costs.
Type: News Releases (Nov. 19, 2010)
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Comments on Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans

Jurisdiction-specific comments to leaders of Bay states and the District of Columbia, and the EPA, on the jurisdictions' Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans

Type: Letters to Agencies (Nov. 4, 2010)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Yee Huang
Corrective Lenses for IRIS: Reforms to Improve EPA's Integrated Risk Information System
Type: Reports (Oct. 25, 2010)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Wendy Wagner, Matt Shudtz
Proposition 23 and the damage it would do to California

Proposition 23 and the damage it would do to California: Setting aside the state's climate change law would damage the state's green economy and imperil California's commitment to fighting greenhouse gas emissions

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 4, 2010)
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Author(s): Daniel Farber
Regulatory Blowout: How Regulatory Failures Made the BP Disaster Possible, and How the System Can Be Fixed to Avoid a Recurrence

Regulatory Blowout: How Regulatory Failures Made the BP Disaster Possible, and How the System Can Be Fixed to Avoid a Recurrence, CPR White Paper 1007

Type: Reports (Sept. 29, 2010)
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Author(s): Alyson Flournoy, William Andreen, Rebecca Bratspies, Holly Doremus, Victor Flatt, Robert Glicksman, Joel Mintz, Dan Rohlf, Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, Joseph Tomain, Sandra Zellmer, James Goodwin
From Ship to Shore: Reforming the National Contingency Plan to Improve Protections for Oil Spill Cleanup Workers

From Ship to Shore: Reforming the National Contingency Plan to Improve Protections for Oil Spill Cleanup Workers, CPR White Paper 1006

Type: Reports (Sept. 13, 2010)
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Author(s): Rebecca Bratspies, Alyson Flournoy, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
Coal Ash Testimony before an EPA panel conducting regional hearings

Rena Steinzor's Testimony before an EPA panel conducting regional hearings on its proposed rule on Coal Ash

Type: Letters to Agencies (Aug. 30, 2010)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Do we believe in magic?

Do we believe in magic?, op-ed by Bill Andreen

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 9, 2010)
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Author(s): William Andreen

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