National Blog Posts

Say NO to dirty water amendment for Chesapeake Bay

September 7, 2017

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a long time opponent of efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay, has crafted an amendment to a federal appropriations bill that prohibits the EPA from using funds to enforce EPA’s Chesapeake Bay clean up.

SAIS Clean Water Action Team

New Report on Enhanced Oil Recovery’s Threats to Drinking Water: Clean Water Action Teams Up With Johns Hopkins SAIS

August 15, 2017

Since September 2016, as part of the Johns Hopkins SAIS International Environmental and Energy Practicum, I have been researching in partnership with Clean Water Action in order to inform the public about a little-known method of oil and gas production: Enhanced Oil Recovery. The culmination of our team’s research is the new report, “The Environmental Risks and Oversight of Enhanced Oil Recovery in the United States.”

Fight back against the Trump agenda

Resisting the ‘Trump Normal’

August 10, 2017

The first step on the road to ruin in a democracy is seduction, a good sales rap, and a charismatic pitchman who convinces us that a secure, prosperous  future is possible, but only he can get us there. That's what we're faced with now - a President seemingly ravaged by narcissism and paranoia, whose ego flames with popular passions who seems more concerned with satisfying his "base" than leading the country.

Waste_Plastic_National_Pile. Photo: Mikadun / Shutterstock

ReThinking our Toxic, Plastic Legacy

August 4, 2017

The world is awash in plastic trash. We've produced more than 9 billion tons of plastic since the middle of the 20th century and most of it lingers in landfills and recycling piles, in our oceans, on our beaches, and in our bodies. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.  It's our toxic legacy.

Ryan Zinke & Rick Perry / photo: Secretary Zinke twitter account

Checking in on the Rigged Cabinet

July 27, 2017

In the early days of the Trump administration, we expressed many concerns about the collection of billionaires and ideologues that the President was nominating for his cabinet. So what have these folks been up to lately?

Child's drawing to EPA about methane

EPA Methane Standards Hearing: Commonsense Protections Already Finalized

July 11, 2017

Yesterday, I delivered the following testimony to EPA, opposing their planned two-year stay on methane pollution limits.