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CPR Member Scholar Op-Eds

CPR Member Scholars are frequent contributors to newspaper opinion pages across the nation. Read what they have to say, below. For op-eds published between 2009 and 2012, visit this page. For op-eds published before 2009, visit this page.



Wave of Corporate Wrongdoing Demands More Prosecution, Not Less
by Rena Steinzor and Dan Dudis, November 30, 2016, Huffington Post

Before Scuttling Regulations, Remember the Deadly, Destructive West Explosion
by Thomas McGarity, November 29, 2016, The Waco Tribune

Time to Reform Workers' Compensation Laws
by Thomas McGarity and Sidney Shapiro, November 6, 2016, The San Antonio Express

Lawmakers Must Stop Eroding Workers' Compensation Laws
by Thomas McGarity and Sidney Shapiro, November 3, 2016, The Austin American-Statesman

Texas Lawmakers Must Stop Eroding  Workers' Compensation Laws
by Thomas McGarity and Sidney Shapiro, November 1, 2016, The Rio Grande Guardian

Amendment 7 Seeks to Slow Climate Change
by Maxine Burkett and Makena Coffman, October 23, 2016, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

As Court Weighs Clean Power Plan, Rule's Apoproach Could Reduce Carbon Emissions, Improve Public Health
by Alice Kaswan, September 23, 2016, The Hill

House's September Agenda a Red Flag for November
by James Goodwin, September 23, 2016, The Hill

Our Energy Grid is Amazingly Vulnerable, and Climate Change is the Cause
by Rob Verchick, August 26, 2016, Slate

Obama's Use of Executive Orders to Bypass Gridlock
by Sidney Shapiro and Rena Steinzor, August 23, 2016, The New York Times

The politicization of science a damaging trend in North Carolina
by Sidney Shapiro, August 17, 2016, The Raleigh News & Observer

OSHA Penalties Are Too Low for Serious Workplace Violations
by Martha McCluskey, July 18, 2016, The Buffalo News

When a Workplace Tragedy is Also a Crime
by Rena Steinzor and Katherine Tracy, May 31, 2016, FairWarning

Worker Deaths Should Lead to Punishment for Companies, Executives
by Rena Steinzor and Katherine Tracy, May 29, 2016, The Sacramento Bee

Time for Environmental Crimes
by Rena Steinzor, May/June 2016, The Environmental Forum

Dangerous Bedfellows: The Stalemate on Criminal Justice Reform
by Rena Steinzor, Spring 2016, American Prospect

How a Hidden Clause Helps Banks and Others Rip You Off
by Martha McCluskey and Sidney Shapiro, May 13, 2016, The Charlotte Observer

Pollution Police Off the Beat
by Rena Steinzor and Evan Isaacson, May 6, 2016, The Baltimore Sun

Utah Judiciary's Lack of Diversity Will Not Correct Itself
by Robert W. Adler, May 2, 2016, The Salt Lake Tribune

Time for Communities to Face Climate Change
by Robert R.M. Verchick, April 15, 2016, The (New Orleans) Advocate

Judgment Day for Reckless Executives
by Rena Steinzor, April 7, 2016, The New York Times

Vacancy Creates Uncertainty on Supreme Court
by Joseph P. Tomain, March 16, 2016, The (Cincinnati) Enqurier

Food Safety’s Criminal State of Mind
by Rena Steinzor, January 6, 2016, Food Safety News



TPP: Another threat to needed environmental safeguards
by Joel A. Mintz, November 13, 2015, The Hill

In targeting Exxon on climate, New York puts all corporations on notice
by Wendy Wagner, November 10, 2015, The Conversation

Delving into GM’s Crimes
by Rena Steinzor and Robert Weissman, October 5, 2015, The Detroit News

John Boehner, Volkswagen and the Role of Government
by Sidney Shapiro, October 1, 2015, Huffington Post

VW and GM scandals show why regulation matters
by Robert Verchick and Rena Steinzor, September 30, 2015, The Hill

UN goals fall short of Francis' vision
by Carmen Gonzalez, September 24, 2015, National Catholic Reporter

Animas River spill: Root causes and continuing threats
by Joel A. Mintz, September 2, 2015, The Hill

Katrina’s Lessons, Learned and Unlearned
by Robert R.M. Verchick, August 28, 2015, The Houston Chronicle

Criminal Prosecutions Get Serious as the Regulatory System Sinks to Its Knees
by Rena Steinzor, August 27, 2015, Food Safety News

Fairness and equity are American values
by Sidney Shapiro, August 10, 2015, Huffington Post

Maryland’s Regulation SWAT Team
by Rena Steinzor, July 31, 2015, The Baltimore Sun

Kill a Worker? You're Not a Criminal. Steal a Worker's Pay? You Are One.
by Rena Steinzor, July 20, 2015, Huffington Post

Is this the most anti-environmental bill of 2015?
by Thomas McGarity and Richard Murphy, July 10, 2015, The Hill

The President's Schizophrenia on the Working Class,
by Rena Steinzor and Matthew Shudtz, July 1, 2015, Huffington Post

Michigan v. EPA: Costs Matter, But Everything Else Is Up For Grabs,
by Lisa Heinzerling, June 29, 2015, ACSBlog

Toxic ignorance and the challenge for Congress
by Noah M. Sachs and Matthew Shudtz, June 26, 2015, The Hill

House Bipartisanship Throws Up Pitifully Weak Toxic Chemicals Control Bill,
by Rena Steinzor and Matthew Shudtz, June 25, 2015, The Hill

With DuPont, OSHA's tough talk falls faint
by Rena Steinzor, May 24, 2015, Houston Chronicle

GM and Its No Good, Very Bad Year
by Rena Steinzor and Thomas O. McGarity, May 1, 2015, Huffington Post

Criminal investigations crucial to making refineries safer
by Rena Steinzor, March 21, 2015, Houston Chronicle

Public Utility Commission rule would hurt consumers
by Thomas O. McGarity, Austin American-Statesman, March 2, 2015

Bad Feds, Deadly Meds
by Rena Steinzor, USA Today, February 28, 2015

The Age of Greed: Toxic Chemical Control is 'High Priority" Failure for Nation's Government
by Rena Steinzor, on Huffington Post, February 12, 2015

The Next Top Prosecutor and White Collar Crime
by Rena Steinzor, on Huffington Post, February 9, 2015

GOP wants to wreck government, not govern
by Rena Steinzor and James Goodwin, January 23, 2015, The Hill

House Votes to Delay Regulations to Protect the Public by Ten Years or More,
by Sidney Shapiro, January 14, 2015, Huffington Post

Corporate Violence as Crime: Anniversary of the West Virginia Chemical Spill
by Rena Steinzor, on Huffington Post, January 12, 2015

Time to Upgrade Drinking Water Protections
 by Noah Sachs, The Hill, January 9, 2015.


Maryland's Whistleblower Laws Need Teeth
by Rena Steinzor and Sally Dworak-Fisher, in The Baltimore Sun, December 5, 2014

Name a tough prosecutor to succeed Holder
by Rena Steinzor, in The Hill, October 10, 2014

Gov. Jindal, Don't Sign Away Our Legal Claims
by Robert R.M. Verchick, in the New Orleans Times Picayune, May 31, 2014

Americans Deserve Real Toxic Chemical Reform
by Linda Reinstein and CPR Member Scholar Sidney Shapiro, in the MintPress News, May 14, 2014

West Blast Victims Need More than Lips Service from State (behind paywall)
by CPR Member Thomas O. McGarity, in The Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2014.

EPA's Enforcement Retreat
by CPR Member Scholars Joel Mintz and Victor Flatt, in The Hill, January 10, 2014.


Why are polluters getting discounts?
by CPR Member Scholar Rena Steinzor, in the Baltimore Sun, December 27, 2013.

What Obama Left Out of His Inequality Speech: Regulation
by CPR Member Scholar Thomas O. McGarity, in the New York Times, December 8, 2013.

It's time to focus attention on protecting the environment
by CPR Member Scholar Victor Flatt and Catherine Phillips, in the Houston Chronicle, October 15, 2013.

No mere patch protects nature
by CPR Member Scholar Victor Flatt and Catherine Phillips, in the Charlotte Observer, October 6, 2013.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: SBA Finally Walks Back from Misleading Report on Regulations
by Sidney Shapiro, on Huffington Post, October 3, 2013.

Regulatory backlog threatens health and the environment
by Rena Steinzor, August 22, 2013, in The Hill.

Politics and progress: Will the White House stall its own climate change plans?
by Robert R.M. Verchick, July 25, 2013 in The Hill.

Toxic Chemicals Bill Trumps State Rights
by Rena Steinzor, June 26, 2013, in The Hill.

West Explosion Highlights Need for Regulatory Oversight
by Thomas O. McGarity, May 3, 2013, in the Houston Chronicle.

Smoking Gun in West, Texas, Fertilizer Blast: Lack of Government Oversight
by Thomas O. McGarity, April 29, 2013, in the Christian Science Monitor.

Federal Regulations Protect Out Communities
by Victor Flatt, April 22, 2013, in the Houston Chronicle.

Is the SBA Selling out Mom and Pop Businesses?
by Sidney Shapiro, February 5, 2013, on Huffington Post, on the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy.

President has authority to act on regulatory issues
by David Driesen, published in the January 28, 2013 Syracuse Post-Standard.


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