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.

MS4 letter to EPA from Evan Isaacson and Katrina Miller

Letter to EPA re NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permits, from Evan Isaacson and Katrina Miller, March 21, 2016.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 21, 2016)
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Author(s): Katrina Miller
Evan Isaacson's testimony before the Maryland Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on the Poultry Litter Management Act

Evan Isaacson's February 23, 2016 testimony before the Maryland Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on the Poultry Litter Management Act.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Feb. 23, 2016)
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Chesapeake Bay TMDL in Peril
Edit Memo: Chesapeake Bay TMDL in Peril, by Rena Steinzor and Evan Isaacson
Type: Editorial Memos (Feb. 10, 2016)
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CPR Issue Alert Flags Issues Key to Success of President's Climate Change Package
The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch
Type: News Releases (Feb. 3, 2016)
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Joint Letter to Maryland Department of the Environment urging prompt release of 2015 ‘Frosh Report.’

Joint letter to Benjamin Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment, from CPR Member Scholar Rena Steinzor and others, urging prompt release of 2015 "Frosh Report," assessing the Department's enforcement activities.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Dec. 17, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
UN goals fall short of Francis' vision

UN goals fall short of Francis' vision, op-ed by Carmen Gonzalez

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 28, 2015)
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Author(s): Carmen Gonzalez
Animas River spill: Root causes and continuing threats

Animas River spill: Root causes and continuing threats, op-ed by Joel Mintz

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 2, 2015)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz
Katrina's Lessons, Learned and Unlearned

Katrina's Lessons, Learned and Unlearned, op-ed by Rob Verchick

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 29, 2015)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick

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