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.

Ensuring Accountability in Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Metrics for the Phase I Watershed Implementation Plans
Type: Reports (Aug. 9, 2010)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, William Andreen, Robert Glicksman, Shana Campbell Jones
Magic Not Policy

'Magic' not policy, op-ed by Bill Andreen

Type: Op-Eds (July 19, 2010)
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Author(s): William Andreen
What if drilling goes really wrong?

What if drilling goes really wrong?, op-ed by Victor Flatt

Type: Op-Eds (July 5, 2010)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
Time for a Regulatory Revival

Time for a Regulatory Revival, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (June 18, 2010)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Gulf oil spill: Obama's regulatory response falls short

Gulf oil spill: Obama's regulatory response falls short, op-ed by Holly Doremus

Type: Op-Eds (May 20, 2010)
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Author(s): Holly Doremus
Did a single week reverse energy fortunes forever?

Did a single week reverse energy fortunes forever?, by Victor Flatt

Type: Op-Eds (May 9, 2010)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
CPR Perspective: Mercury Pollution: Protecting Mothers and Babies

CPR Perspective: Preventing Mercury Pollution: Protecting Mothers and Babies, by Catherine O'Neill and Rena Steinzor. CPR's Perspectives Series is a set of monographs by CPR Member Scholars on timely and important health, safety, and environmental topics. Each Perspective provides a thumbnail sketch of the competing arguments concerning a substantive or procedural principle for developing appropriate health, safety and environmental policies, and closes with the Member Scholar-author's proposed approach to the issue.

Type: Reports (April 1, 2010)
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Author(s): Catherine O'Neill, Rena Steinzor
Texas water will suffer under plan to lower standards

Texas water will suffer under plan to lower standards

Type: Op-Eds (March 19, 2010)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity

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