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.

Robert R.M. Verchick's testimony on what went wrong before, during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina.

Robert R.M. Verchick's September 29, 2005, testimony before the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce on what went wrong before, during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Sept. 29, 2005)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
Endangered Species Act Gets Listed

Endangered Species Act Gets Listed, op-ed by Holly Doremus

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 25, 2005)
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Author(s): Holly Doremus
Unnatural Disaster: The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Unnatural Disaster: The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, by Member Scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform, by more than a dozen CPR Member Scholars (full report) White Paper 512, September 2005.

Type: Reports (Sept. 6, 2005)
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Unnatural Disaster: Executive Summary

Unnatural Disaster: Executive Summary, by more than a dozen Member Scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform, White Paper 513, September 2005.

Type: Reports (Sept. 4, 2005)
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Disquieting View on Environment

Disquieting View on Environment, op-ed by Joel Mintz

Type: Op-Eds (July 31, 2005)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz
June 28, 2005: Bush Forest Regs 'Sell Out' National Forests

New CPR White Paper Says Watered-DownPlanningRuleWillHarmNation’s Forests, and Recreational Opportunities They Provide

Type: News Releases (June 28, 2005)
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Regulations in Name Only: How the Bush Administration's National Forest Planning Rule Frees the Forest Service from Mandatory Standards and Public Accountability

Regulations in Name Only: How the Bush Administration's National Forest Planning Rule Frees the Forest Service from Mandatory Standards and Public Accountability

Type: Reports (June 15, 2005)
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Author(s): Alyson Flournoy, Robert Glicksman, Margaret Giblin
Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice, by Eileen Gauna, Catherine A. O'Neill, and Clifford Rechtschaffen. White Paper 505, March 2005.

Type: Reports (March 16, 2005)
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Author(s): Eileen Gauna, Catherine O'Neill, Clifford Rechtschaffen
Grandfathered Air Pollution Sources and Pollution Control: New Source Review Under the Clean Air Act

Grandfathered Air Pollution Sources and Pollution Control: New Source Review Under the Clean Air Act, CPR White Paper 504

Type: Reports (March 16, 2005)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt

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