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.

State pollution-permitting must be reformed to adapt to climate change

Writing in the Bay Journal, David Flores focuses on Maryland's pollution permitting and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay

Type: Op-Eds (Nov. 1, 2018)
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Author(s): David Flores
Can a hovercraft navigate the shoals of Yukon-Charley?

CPR's Sandi Zellmer previews a case over regulation of navigable waters and public lands.

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 29, 2018)
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Author(s): Sandra Zellmer
Justices may consider role of legislative motive in preemption analysis

In SCOTUSblog, Emily Hammond previews a preemption case before the Supreme Court.

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 29, 2018)
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Trump rolls back clean car standards as air quality worsens

Alice Kaswan, writing in The Fresno Bee, on the Trump administration's rollback of clean car standards

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 25, 2018)
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Author(s): Alice Kaswan
As hurricanes expose inequalities, civil courts may be 'great equalizer'

As hurricanes expose inequalities, civil courts may be ‘great equalizer,’ by Martha McCluskey and Sidney Shapiro, October 16, 2018, The Hill 

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 16, 2018)
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Sidney Shapiro
Blind focus on 'energy dominance' may cripple Endangered Species Act

Writing in The Hill, Alejandro Camacho and Melissa Kelly examine the Trump assault on the Endangered Species Act.

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 4, 2018)
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Author(s): Alejandro Camacho
Webinar: From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Disaster Planning and Recovery

CPR President Rob Verchick, climate resilience expert Joyce Coffee, and Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental journalist Bob Marshall discuss lessons learned about resilience and equity in a world of bigger and stronger storms.

Type: Webinars (Oct. 4, 2018)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
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)
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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
September 5, 2018, New Report on Disasters and Climate Change Shows How Government Can Help Communities Move from Surviving to Thriving

September 5, 2018, New Report on Disasters and Climate Change Shows How Government Can Help Communities Move from Surviving to Thriving

Type: News Releases (Sept. 5, 2018)
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Worker Health and Disaster

This chapter of CPR's From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Disaster Planning and Recovery focuses on heat stress and the various other worker health and safety issues related to disaster planning.

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