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.

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From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Disaster Planning and Recovery

CPR's new report brings together leading legal scholars to offer analysis and policy recommendations in From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Disaster Planning and Recovery.

Type: Reports (Sept. 5, 2018)
PDF: From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Disaster Planning and Recovery
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Author(s): Rebecca Bratspies, Maxine Burkett, John Echeverria, Daniel Farber, Victor Flatt, David Flores, Alyson Flournoy, Alice Kaswan, Christine Klein, Joel Mintz, Sidney Shapiro, Karen Sokol, Joseph Tomain, Katie Tracy, Robert Verchick
Tags: Harvey-Irma-Maria heat stress disaster
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment

Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to Secure and Manage New Land for Communities Displaced by Climate Change

Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to Secure and Manage New Land for Communities Displaced by Climate Change, CPR Paper 1703, by CPR Member Scholars Maxine Burkett and Robert Verchick, and CPR Policy Analyst David Flores, May 2017.

Type: Reports (May 1, 2017)
PDF: Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to Secure and Manage New Land for Communities Displaced by Climate Change, CPR Paper 1703, by CPR Member Scholars Maxine Burkett and Robert Verchick, and CPR Policy Analyst David Flores, May 2017.
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Author(s): Maxine Burkett, Robert Verchick, David Flores
Tags: climate change displacement & relocation
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment

Joint Letter from 11 CPR Member Scholars to House Judiciary Committee re Concerns with HR 4423, the North Texas Water Supply Security Act of 2017.

Joint Letter from 11 CPR Member Scholars to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee re Concerns with HR 4423, the North Texas Water Supply Security Act of 2017, June 12, 2018.

Type: Legislative Testimony (June 12, 2018)
PDF: Joint Letter from 11 CPR Member Scholars to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee re Concerns with HR 4423, the North Texas Water Supply Security Act of 2017, June 12, 2018.
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Author(s): David Driesen, Alyson Flournoy, Dale Goble, Christine Klein, Mary Lyndon, Thomas McGarity, Joel Mintz, Sidney Shapiro, Robert Verchick
Tags: NEPA
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment