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.

Supreme Court drops the ball on wetlands protection

Supreme Court drops the ball on wetlands protection, op-ed by Sandra Zellmer

Type: Op-Eds (July 10, 2006)
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Author(s): Sandra Zellmer
Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research

Published in July 2006, Rescuing Science from Politics debuted chapters by the nation's leading academics in law, science, and philosophy who explore ways that the law can be abused by special interests to intrude on the way scientists conduct research. The book begins by establishing non-controversial principles of good scientific practice. These principles then serve as the benchmark against which each chapter author compares how science is misused in a specific regulatory setting and assist in isolating problems in the integration of science by the regulatory process.

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Author(s): Wendy Wagner, Rena Steinzor
Failure to Clean Up Toxic Dumps Leaves Residents at Risk

Failure to Clean Up Toxic Dumps Leaves Residents at Risk, by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (July 3, 2006)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Industry Tax Breaks Have Stalled Superfund Cleanup

Industry Tax Breaks Have Stalled Superfund Cleanup, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (July 3, 2006)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down, op-ed by Sandra Zellmer

Type: Op-Eds (July 2, 2006)
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Author(s): Sandra Zellmer
The Toll of Superfund Neglect: Toxic Waste Dumps & Communities at Risk

The Toll of Superfund Neglect: Toxic Waste Dumps & Communities at Risk, by Rena Steinzor and Margaret Clune, joint report by the Center for American Progress and CPR, June 15, 2006.

Type: Reports (June 15, 2006)
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Warming to Houston as a Leader on the Environment

Warming to Houston as a Leader on the Environment, op-ed byVictor Flatt

Type: Op-Eds (April 22, 2006)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
A federal obligation

A federal obligation, op-ed by Rob Verchick

Type: Op-Eds (Feb. 7, 2006)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
Robert R.M. Verchick's testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works on lessons from the failure of New Orleans' levees during Katrina

Robert R.M. Verchick's November 17, 2005, testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works on how preliminary findings on the failure of New Orleans' levees should be incorporated into future plans for hurricane protection.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Nov. 17, 2005)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
Thomas McGarity's testimony to Congress on NEPA

Tom McGarity's November 10, 2005, testimony to Congress on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Type: Legislative Testimony (Nov. 10, 2005)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity

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