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Mere Steps From The Oval Office, A Growing Solution To Climate Change

As Washington and the world continue to parse President Donald Trump’s announcement of a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, an Obama administration legacy just steps from the Oval Office represents part of the solution to the climate change challenge.Not the Barack Obama legacy. The Michelle Obama legacy: the White House Kitchen Garden, which current First Lady Melania Trump has vowed to keep.Mrs […]

Cutting Superfund’s Budget Will Slow Toxic Waste Cleanups, Threatening Public Health And Property Values

By Katherine Kiel, College of the Holy Cross Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Love Canal crisis, when toxic chemicals were found to be leaking from an underground dump into homes in Niagara Falls, New York. State and federal agencies relocated more than 200 families out of the affected area. A state investigation later found elevated rates of birth defects among families who had lived at Love Canal. This disaster called public attention to health risks from improperly controlled toxic waste. In response, President Jimmy Carter signed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, into law in December 1980. Superfund has supported cleanups of toxic waste sites in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. But its funding decreased by nearly half between 1999 and 2013, and President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal calls for an additional 30 percent cut, despite EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s assertion that Superfund is “absolutely essential.” As an economist specializing in housing issues, including the relationship between toxic cleanups and property values, I have published several studies of Superfund sites […]

Life Below The Ocean’s Surface Wholly Depends On How We Live Above It

Life below the surface cannot endure without us changing how we live our lives above the surface. And that means our idea of “ocean conservation” needs to be greatly broadened.Over the past decades, we have grown more sophisticated in our ability to monitor and measure the deteriorating state of the oceans – the dramatic decline of many marine species, the buildup of harmful pollutants in bays and estuaries, and the ongoing loss of large swaths of critical habitats – like coral reefs. But sadly, we are nowhere near as sophisticated at arresting the losses, reversing the tide, and improving ocean health. We need healthy oceans to support all life on the planet. Ocean health is ultimately a lifestyle problem, and this means we must reinvent how we live our lives above the water […]

Will The Future Blame Us For Donald Trump’s Presidency?

Remember when we had to deal with a story like President Obama wearing a tan suit for like a week? What about when something as silly as Howard Dean yelling, “YEAAAAH!” at a rally could destroy his entire campaign for president? Back then, something as miniscule as how you sound or what you wore could be played on repeat for days on every news channel. But now? […]

Donald Sounds The Big Alarm On Climate

It happened. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, removing any illusion that we can depend on the U.S. government to protect us from the impact of climate change […]

The U.S. Wants To Be A Leader On Climate Change, Not A Pariah

Mr. Trump has committed an act of vandalism against the greatest achievement of the 21st century—the Paris Climate Agreement […]

The Trump Doctrine: Erasing The Black Man’s Legacy

When it comes to the actions of President Donald Trump, it doesn’t matter what the subject is. It could be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord; withdrawing from TPP; repealing Obamacare; ending restroom protections for transgender students; rolling back “Let Girls Learn” and “Let’s Move” education and nutrition regulations and guidelines; talk of reversing open policies with Cuba and cancelling the Iran deal; or returning two U.S. compounds back to Russia. […]