Commentary

COMMENTARY | Questions About BLM’s Conservation Rule

by Chandra Rosenthal | May 8, 2023
There are serious concerns about many provisions of the new BLM conservation rule and its potential negative impact on public lands ...

COMMENTARY | EPA’s Whack-a-Mole “Forever Chemicals” Posture Is an Intolerable Failure

by Kyla Bennett | May 3, 2023
The agency must treat PFAS as a class of chemicals regulated in the same manner as the European Union and other countries ...

COMMENTARY | New Green Guides Must Address Renewable Energy

by Monica Mercola | April 26, 2023
Concern about climate change creates fertile ground for misleading marketing claims around renewable energy and other environmental issues ...

COMMENTARY | Don’t Let Plastics Overtake the Earth

by Colleen Teubner | April 22, 2023
We are recommitting ourselves to finding ways to rapidly reduce our dependence on plastics and their impact on the environment and human health ...

COMMENTARY | Letter to the EPA: Take Action on “Devil’s Bargain” Pesticides

by Peter Jenkins | March 27, 2023
The environment needs protection from neonic-coated seeds, which are by far the broadest pesticide/insecticide application across the country ...

COMMENTARY | Speed Bumps on the Road to Sustainable Mining

by Guest Contributor | March 22, 2023
To transition from fossil fuels to electric transportation requires an increase in electric generating capacity and copper is the best conductor in the world ...

COMMENTARY | Suspend your disbelief—Minnesota Permitting Process Self-Corrects

by Hudson Kingston | March 21, 2023
An air pollution permit granted illegally in to a power plant in Minnesota has been suspended pending environmental review ...

COMMENTARY | The EPA is Hiding Behind Industry Secrets

by Tim Whitehouse | March 15, 2023
This Sunshine Week, we discuss the use of “Confidential Business Information” to hide health and safety information from the public ...

COMMENTARY | Scientific Integrity Is Not a Popularity Contest

by Tim Whitehouse | March 9, 2023
Scientists who formally file dissenting opinions that challenge the orthodoxy of their agency, are often on a lonely, fraught journey ...

COMMENTARY | Public Health Scientist Vindicated

by Colleen Teubner | March 7, 2023
Even though Dr. Carpenter's case has been resolved, we hope the University at Albany will address the broader academic freedom issues that this case has opened ...

US budget riders compromise conservation

by Kyla Bennett | February 28, 2023
The use of appropriations riders as shortcuts to pass policies to circumvent environmental laws put endangered species at risk ...

COMMENTARY | EPA Asks for Comment on PFAS Data It Won’t Release

by Kyla Bennett | February 20, 2023
EPA is asking the public to comment on fluorination of plastics but keeping important materials, including health studies, confidential ...

COMMENTARY | How the FCC Fails to Follow Environmental Laws and Fails the Public

by Guest Contributor | February 20, 2023
Given the FCC’s lack of oversight and failure to comply with environmental laws, numerous environmental harms occur under the agency’s watch ...

Op-Ed | Herding Cats: Biden’s Myopic Approach to Scientific Integrity

by Jeff Ruch | February 16, 2023
The president has made it clear he believes scientific integrity is an important value. Now he must show it more forcefully ...

COMMENTARY | Conowingo: A Better Deal Coming for the Chesapeake Bay

by Paula Dinerstein | February 6, 2023
In a major victory for waterman and environmental groups, courts have vacated the licensing for Maryland's Conowingo Dam ...

COMMENTARY | Minnesota Agency Reverses Course on Illegal Permit

by Hudson Kingston | January 27, 2023
One Minnesota agency corrected its misstep and retracted a bad permit but time will tell if the others follow suit ...

COMMENTARY | PEER at Age 30 – Some Perspective

by Jeff Ruch | January 17, 2023
PEER is based on the somewhat novel idea that public servants can also be activists to advance their agencies’ mission when they fell short ...

COMMENTARY | Congress Jeopardizes North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery 

by Colleen Teubner | January 9, 2023
Our elected officials and government agencies must do better to protect the North Atlantic right whale ...

COMMENTARY | Biden Strengthens Clean Water Rules

by Tim Whitehouse | January 5, 2023
The new regulations repeal a Trump-era rule, called the “Dirty Water Rule” by many, that left millions of acres of waterways unprotected from pollution ...

COMMENTARY | Park Service’s Inhumane Inertia

by Jeff Ruch | December 9, 2022
The Biden administration has left several disastrous Trump policies in place - from allowing inhumane hunting practices to not taking action on park crowding ...
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