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.

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
On the Environment, Hold Our Ground and Look to the Future

On the Center for American Progress website, Rena Steinzor writes that, when asked about his environmental record during the second presidential debate this fall, President Bush rattled off a series of well focus-grouped phrases – “clean coal,” “clear skies,” and “mak[ing] sure our forests aren’t vulnerable to forest fires” – and touted himself as a “good steward of the land.” The rhetoric ignored reality.

Type: Op-Eds (March 16, 2005)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Clear Facts about Clear Skies

Clear Facts about Clear Skies, op-ed by Catherine O'Neill

Type: Op-Eds (March 9, 2005)
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Author(s): Catherine O'Neill
A New Progressive Agenda for Public Health and the Environment

Writing for the Center for American Progress website, Christopher Schroeder and Rena Steinzor, co-editors of CPR's book, A New Progressive Agenda for Public Health and the Environment, offer a summary of the work, which features contributions from 20 CPR Member Scholars.

Type: Op-Eds (Feb. 5, 2005)
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Author(s): Christopher Schroeder, Rena Steinzor
Politics and Precaution

Politics and Precaution, op-ed by William Buzbee

Type: Op-Eds (Jan. 22, 2005)
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Author(s): William Buzbee
Comments on EPA's proposed mercury pollution credit-trading scheme.

Catherine O'Neill's comments on EPA's proposed mercury pollution credit-trading scheme.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Jan. 3, 2005)
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Author(s): Catherine O'Neill

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