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.

Maryland's Regulation SWAT Team

Writing in the Baltimore Sun, Rena Steinzor takes Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to task for his efforts to put business executives in charge of an effort to identify state regulations to be gutted, including those protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

Type: Op-Eds (July 30, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch

The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch, CPR Issue Alert 1506, by CPR Member Scholars William W. Buzbee, David M. Driesen, Kirsten H. Engel, Victor B. Flatt, Robert L. Glicksman, Emily Hammond, Alice Kaswan, Alexandra B. Klass, Thomas O. McGarity, Melissa Powers, and Joseph P. Tomain

Type: Reports (July 30, 2015)
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Author(s): William Buzbee, David Driesen, Kirsten Engel, Victor Flatt, Robert Glicksman, Alice Kaswan, Alexandra Klass, Thomas McGarity, Melissa Powers, Joseph Tomain
Is this the most anti-environmental bill of 2015?

Is this the most anti-environmental bill of 2015?

Type: Op-Eds (July 10, 2015)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Richard Murphy
Toxic ignorance and the challenge for Congress

Toxic ignorance and the challenge for Congress, op-ed by Noah Sachs and Matthew Shudtz

Type: Op-Eds (June 26, 2015)
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Author(s): Matt Shudtz
Glicksman Testimony House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Ozone

Robert Glicksman Testimony on Ozone Pollution

Type: Legislative Testimony (June 16, 2015)
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Author(s): Robert Glicksman
With DuPont, OSHA's tough talk falls faint

With DuPont, OSHA's tough talk falls faint, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (May 22, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Lisa Heinzerling's testimony before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee's Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Hearing on the Clean Power Plan.

Lisa Heinzerling's May 5, 2015 testimony before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee's Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Hearing on the Clean Power Plan.

Type: Legislative Testimony (May 5, 2015)
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Author(s): Lisa Heinzerling
Toxic Chemical Control Is ‘High Priority’ Failure for Nation’s Government

Writing for Huffington Post: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reiterated its conclusion that EPA’s regulation of toxic chemicals is in crisis, unable to deliver badly needed protection to the American people. These benighted programs are among a couple of dozen of “high priority” failures that cause serious harm to public health, waste resources, or endanger national security, and Congress is giving the report red carpet treatment, with House and Senate hearings on the report scheduled the very day it was released.

Type: Op-Eds (April 14, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Integrator Liability: Legal Tools to Hold the Biggest Chicken Companies Responsible for Waste, CPR Issue Alert 1502
Type: Reports (March 24, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, William Andreen, Anne Havemann

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