Earth faces unprecedented environmental challenges. Heading the list of threats is climate change, with its promise of drastic climate and environmental harm planet-wide. Unchecked, climate change, also known as global warming, threatens entire species and ecosystems, as well as large population centers, industries and economies. Other environmental priorities include the persistent problems of air and water pollution, toxic wastes, and the protection of natural resources and wildlife.
CPR Member Scholars work to protect the environment through research and scholarship focused on the critical policy choices confronting us today, and by devising the environmental policy approaches of tomorrow.
The disaster of Hurricane Katrina was made worse by bad policy decisions long before the storm and a miserable response in the immediate aftermath. Similarly, the Massey Mine Disaster and the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico were the product of failed policy. CPR Member Scholars have written extensively about these "unnatural disasters."
Will the Clean Power Plan, President Obama's most ambitious climate change initiative, have the teeth it needs to take a bit out of greenhouse gas emissions? Read The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch, by a distinguished group of 11 CPR Member Scholars.
In the last two years of his Administration, President Obama faces a Congress united by party and fundamentally at odds with the agenda he intends to pursue. CPR's Issue Alert offers a path to genuine accomplishment for the President: 13 Essential Regulatory Actions.
In 2006, the Center for Progressive Reform launched its Next Generation Environmental Initiative to develop ideas and resources for Congress as it takes up the important business of rebuilding the nation’s environmental protection efforts after several years of neglect. Most of the nation’s current environmental laws were crafted before some of today’s principle environmental challenges were even contemplated – global warming and endocrine disruptors, for example. The first set of proposals included a do-it-right-now tune-up for the nation’s environmental laws. The second is a far-sighted effort to envision an environmental protection regime for the 21st Century.Read more about the Next Generation Environmental Initiative.
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