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.

Letter to EPA on North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Letter from seven CPR Members Scholars to EPA on U.S. policy toward the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the regional organization created by the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, and in particular on the Commission’s citizen submissions procedure

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 29, 2012)
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Author(s): Rebecca Bratspies, Carmen Gonzalez, David Hunter, A. Dan Tarlock
A Focus on Accountability: What the O'Malley Administration and the [Maryland] State Legislature Can Do to Save the Chesapeake Bay
Editorial Memo: A Focus on Accountability: What the O'Malley Administration and the [Maryland] State Legislature Can Do to Save the Chesapeake Bay, by Rena Steinzor
Type: Editorial Memos (Feb. 17, 2012)
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Protecting the Public from BPA: An Action Plan for Federal Agencies

Protecting the Public from BPA: An Action Plan for Federal Agencies. CPR White Paper 1202, January 2012, by Member Scholars Noah Sachs, Thomas O. McGarity and Rena Steinzor, CPR Policy Analyst Aimee Simpson and Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Shudtz.

Type: Reports (Jan. 25, 2012)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Rena Steinzor, Aimee Simpson, Matt Shudtz
Comments to EPA Science Advisory Board on Science Integration for Decision Making

Comments from CPR Member Scholar Rena Steinzor and Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Shudtz on a draft report by the EPA Scientific Advisory Board's Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making

Type: Letters to Agencies (Jan. 24, 2012)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
Reclaiming Global Environmental Leadership: Why the United States Should Ratify Ten Pending Environmental Treaties

Reclaiming Global Environmental Leadership: Why the United States Should Ratify Ten Pending Environmental Treaties, CPR White Paper 1201, by Mary Jane Angelo, Rebecca Bratspies, David Hunter, John H. Knox, Noah Sachs, and Sandra Zellmer, January 2012.

Type: Reports (Jan. 19, 2012)
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Author(s): Mary Jane Angelo, Rebecca Bratspies, David Hunter, Sandra Zellmer
Letter to EPA re IRIS toxics database, response to American Chemistry Council misinterpretation

Letter to EPA re Integrated Risk Information System database, in response to American Chemistry Council misinterpretation of IRIS-related riders in recent budget legislation

Type: Letters to Agencies (Dec. 22, 2011)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
Healthy Environment, Strong Economy Can Co-Exist

Healthy Environment, Strong Economy Can Co-Exist, by Robert Adler

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 24, 2011)
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Author(s): Robert Adler
The President's Capitulation on Smog

The President's Capitulation on Smog, by David Driesen

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 21, 2011)
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Author(s): David Driesen
Obama ozone decision a giant step backward

Obama ozone decision a giant step backward, op-ed by Thomas McGarity

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 7, 2011)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity

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