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CPR Member Scholar OpEds, 2009 - 2012

CPR Member Scholars are frequent contributors to newspaper opinion pages across the nation. Read op-eds from 2009 to 2012 below. Or read recent op-eds; as well as op-eds from 2013 to 2015; and 2003 to 2008



Obama Should Sidestep Congress
by Rena Steinzor and Amy Sinden, published December 27, 2012 in the Baltimore Sun.

Don't undercut consumer financial protection agencies' independence
by Noah Sachs, published in the November 26, 2012 Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Bay Cleanup Needs Consequences
by Rena Steinzor, published in the March 24, 2012 Annapolis Capital.


Healthy Environment, Strong Economy Can Co-Exist
 by Robert Adler, published in the September 24, 2011 Salt Lake Tribune.

The President's Capitulation on Smog
by David Driesen, published September 21, 2011 in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Breathing uneasily: Obama retreats on tightening smog standards Obama's pandering to business on air pollution will cost lives
by Rena Steinzor, published in the September 8, 2011 Baltimore Sun.

Obama ozone decision a giant step backward
by Thomas McGarity, published in the September 7, 2011 Houston Chronicle.

Species conservation not factor in flooding
by Member Scholar Sandra Zellmer and John H. Davidson on species conservation considerations and the 2011 Missouri River flooding, published July 3, 2011 in the Omaha World-Herald.

In Making Disaster Plans, We Have to Imagine the Worst Case
by Robert R.M. Verchick, April 28, 2011 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Law's Great Strength
by Holly Doremus, on the Endangered Species Act, April 21, 2011, on the New York Times website's Room for Debate page. (Read all articles in the debate.)

Business as Usual in the Gulf
by Rena Steinzor, April 21, 2011 in the Baltimore Sun..

Recovery in Japan: Will it be Heavy-handed or Hands-off?
by Robert R.M. Verchick, April 13, 2011 in the Christian Science Monitor.

U.S. House-approved EPA budget cuts threaten environmental devastation
by Joel Mintz, March 22, 2011 in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Shutting the Door on Environmental Debate
by Robert W. Adler, March 5, 2011 in the Salt Lake Tribune on citizen access to the courts in oil and gas leasing disputes.

'Reckless' chemical laws turn people into guinea pigs
by Carl Cranor, February 28, 2011, in Environmental Health News.

Guard public; test chemicals before release
by Carl Cranor, February 27, 2011, in the Riverside Press Enterprise.

Let Government Govern
by Joe Tomain, February 25, 2011 in the Cincinnati Enquirer, on the REINS Act..

When It REINS, It Pours
by Noah Sachs, February 10, 2011 in the New Republic.

Commentary: David Driesen of Syracuse University School of Law says proposed REINS law unnecessary
by David Driesen, January 5, 2011 in the Syracuse Post-Standard.


Proposition 23 and the damage it would do to California: Setting aside the state's climate change law would damage the state's green economy and imperil California's commitment to fighting greenhouse gas emissions
by Daniel Farber and Richard Frank, October 4, 2010 in the Los Angeles Times.

Do we believe in magic?
by William Andreen in the August 8, 2010 Mobile Press-Register, on the risk of offshore oil drilling spills.

'Magic' not policy,
by William Andreen, in the July 18, 2010 Montgomery Advertiser, on the risk of offshore oil drilling spills.

What if drilling goes really wrong?
by Victor Flatt, in the July 5, 2010 Raleigh News & Observer.

Time for a Regulatory Revival
by Rena Steinzor, in the June 18, 2010 Baltimore Sun.

Gulf oil spill: Obama's regulatory response falls short
by Holly Doremus and Eric Biber, May 20, 2010, in the Los Angeles Times.

Did a single week reverse energy fortunes forever?
by Victor Flatt, May 10, 2010, in the Houston Chronicle, on the confluence of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the approval of the Cape Wind project by the federal government.

Texas water will suffer under plan to lower standards
by Thomas McGarity, March 18, 2010 in the Austin American Statesman on a proposal by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to downgrade the state's water standards.

Cap and trade is preferable to hodgepodge regulation
by Kirsten Engel and David Driesen, October 10, 2009 in the Arizona Daily Star.


Mercury and the DEQ: trading our health for economic gain
by Daniel J. Rohlf, September 4, 2009 in the Portland Oregonian.

The Cost-Benefit Dodge
by Amy Sinden and Catherine O'Neill, in the May 12, 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer.

Climate bill good first step in long and arduous trip
by CPR Member Scholars Victor Flatt and William Buzbee, in the April 25, 2009 Houston Chronicle, on improving the Waxman-Markey climate change bill.  Also in the May 5, 2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tough caps would likely curb pollution and cool warming.

Rescuing Science from Politics
by CPR Member Scholars Wendy Wagner and Rena Steinzor, in the March 23, 2009 Cleveland Plain Dealer, discussing steps the Obama Administration should take to protect science in the policymaking and regulatory realms from politicization and undue corporate influence.  Also published in the Austin American-Statesman, March 23, 2009, How to Save Science from Politics.  Also in the March 30, 2009 Baltimore Sun, Purifying Science.

A Rare Win for Consumers
by CPR Member Scholar Thomas McGarity, on the Supreme Court's decision in Wyeth vs. Levine, published March 6, 2009 in the Dallas Morning News.  Also published in the Houston Chronicle, March 7, 2009, A Victory for Consumers in Pre-emption War
and in the March 9, 2009 Austin American-Statesman, Wyeth vs. Levine is a Rare Win for Consumers.

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