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.

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
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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