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.

CPR for the Environment: Breathing New Life into the Nation’s Major Environmental Statutes

CPR for the Environment: Breathing New Life into the Nation’s Major Environmental Statutes, A Legislative Sourcebook of Progressive Ideas for Members of Congress and Staff, by multiple CPR Member Scholars

Type: Reports (April 15, 2007)
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City's got right to enact law on air

City's got right to enact law on air, op-ed by Victor Flatt

Type: Op-Eds (Feb. 3, 2007)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids

In her compelling 2007 book, Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids, published by the University of Texas Press, Professor Rena Steinzor highlights the ways in which the United States government has failed to protect children from harm caused by toxic chemicals. She believes these failures – driven by willful under-funding, excessive and misguided use of cost/benefit analysis, distortion of science, and devolution of regulatory authority – have produced a situation in which serious harms that could be readily reduced or eliminated are instead allowed to persist.

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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Court must conclude that global warming gases are a real danger

Court must conclude that global warming gases are a real danger, op-ed by Joseph Feller

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 24, 2006)
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Author(s): Joe Feller
Closing Agency libraries deals serious blow

Closing Agency libraries deals serious blow, op-ed by Joel Mintz

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 11, 2006)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz, Rebecca Bratspies
Bush White House blocks information to EPA libraries

Bush White House blocks information to EPA libraries, op-ed by Joel Mintz and Rebecca Bratspies

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 6, 2006)
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Author(s): Rebecca Bratspies, Joel Mintz
Houston: Just say 'yes' to clean air

Houston: Just say 'yes' to clean air, op-ed by Victor Flatt

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 2, 2006)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
Paper Tigers and Killer Air: How Weak Enforcement Leaves Communities Vulnerable to Smog

Paper Tigers And Killer Air: How Weak Enforcement Leaves Communities Vulnerable, by Rena Steinzor and Margaret Clune

Type: Reports (Nov. 15, 2006)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Margaret Giblin
Informe Ejecutivo: Un desastre provocado por el hombre: Falta de Texas en Proteger a sus Ciudadanos Contra los Peligros del Complejo Petroqu?

Informe Ejecutivo: Un desastre provocado por el hombre: Falta de Texas en Proteger a sus Ciudadanos Contra los Peligros del Complejo Petroqu? Mico de Houston.

Type: Reports (Sept. 13, 2006)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Karen Sokol
Man-Made Disaster: Texas's Failure to Protect Its Citizens from the Perils of the Houston Petrochemical Complex

Man-Made Disaster: Texas's Failure to Protect Its Citizens from the Perils of the Houston Petrochemical Complex, by Thomas McGarity and Karen Sokol

Type: Reports (Sept. 13, 2006)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Karen Sokol

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