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.

Toxic Torts: Science, Law, and the Possibility of Justice

The U.S. tort, or personal injury law, cloaked behind increased judicial review of science, is changing before our eyes. But we cannot see it.  U.S. Supreme Court decisions beginning with Daubert v. Merrell-Dow Pharmaceutical altered how courts review scientific testimony and its foundation in the law. Mistaken reviews of scientific evidence can decrease citizen access to the law, increase incentives for firms not to test their products, lower deterrence for wrongful conduct and harmful products, and decrease the possibility of justice for citizens injured by toxic substances. Even if courts review evidence well, greater judicial scrutiny increases litigation costs and attorney screening of clients, and decreases citizens’ access to the law. Carl Cranor's Toxic Torts: Science, Law, and the Possibility of Justice introduces these issues, reveals the relationships that can deny citizens just restitution for harms suffered, and shows how justice can be enhanced in toxic tort cases.

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Author(s): Carl Cranor
Polar Bear Politics: Listing polar bears under the Endangered Species Act won't do much good, but we should do it anyway

Polar Bear Politics: Listing polar bears under the Endangered Species Act won't do much good, but we should do it anyway, op-ed by Holly Doremus in Slate

Type: Op-Eds (Jan. 7, 2008)
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Author(s): Holly Doremus
Tuna, with a side of mercury

Tuna, with a side of mercury

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 31, 2007)
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Rena Steinzor's October 17, 2007, testimony before the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on the Bush Administration's failure to pursue Superfund cleanups.

Rena Steinzor's October 17, 2007, testimony before the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on the Bush Administration's failure to pursue Superfund cleanups.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Oct. 17, 2007)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Squandering Public Resources
Type: Reports (Sept. 12, 2007)
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Author(s): Alyson Flournoy, Margaret Giblin, Matt Shudtz
Let California Experiment

Let California Experiment, op-ed by William Buzbee

Type: Op-Eds (July 28, 2007)
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Author(s): William Buzbee
'Patriotism' is redefined by environmental conservation

Patriotism' is redefined by environmental conservation, op-ed by Christine Klein

Type: Op-Eds (April 22, 2007)
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Author(s): Christine Klein
CPR for the Environment: Breathing New Life into the Nation’s Major Environmental Statutes

CPR for the Environment: Breathing New Life into the Nation’s Major Environmental Statutes, A Legislative Sourcebook of Progressive Ideas for Members of Congress and Staff, by multiple CPR Member Scholars

Type: Reports (April 15, 2007)
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