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The Rise and Fall of ESG., April 23, 2024.

Progress, Retreat Or Compromise: SEC Climate Disclosure Rule., March 10, 2024.

Eras Forests Could Offset Taylor Swift's Carbon Footprint., February 25, 2024.

Presidential Elections and Biden's Gas Export Pause., February 6, 2024.

Managing Public Views of Decarbonization, Cold Waves, and Blackouts., January 30, 2024.


Taylor Swift And Other Jet-Setters Can Send A Climate Message., December 26, 2023.

Could Climate Aid Avoid Development Aid's Implementation Problems?, December 3, 2023.

Is Politics Causing Delhi Air Pollution and Climate Policy Slowdown?, November 13, 2023.

Pope Francis and Climate Change: Does Morality Play a Role in Climate Policy., October 9, 2023.

Biden Joined the UAW Picket Line, but Workers Remain Concerned about EVs., September 26, 2023.

Climate Clashes With Labor: UAW Strike Reveals ESG Problems., September 18, 2023.

Vandalizing Museums, Disrupting The Burning Man, And Climate Activism., September 4, 2023.

Taylor Swift And Climate Change: Is The Youth "Shaking Off" Or Embracing Carbon-Intensive Lifestyles?, August 2, 2023.

Who is a Climate Leader? Amazon's 2022 Sustainability Report., July 23, 2023.

Biden and Modi Talked about China but not About Climate., June 25, 2023.

Should Air Pollution in New York and Washington D.C. Trigger a Climate Emergency?, June 17, 2023.

The Ukraine Invasion Reveals How National Security, International Trade, and Climate Change are Connected., May 29, 2023.

Why Blowing up Pipelines will not Solve the Climate Crisis., May 1, 2023.

Dogs Are Humans' Best Friends: Could We Reduce Their Carbon Footprint?., April 9, 2023.

The Political Logic of Willow Project's Approval., March 24, 2023.

Greta Thunberg Joins Indigenous Communities In Opposing Wind Energy: How To Address Community Opposition To Renewable Projects., March 1, 2023.

Here's Why Climate Change Gets The Spotlight But Biodiversity Doesn't., February 1, 2023.


Governor DeSantis, Larry Fink, and the ESG Debate: How climate policy could avoid culture wars., December 27, 2022.

How to reboot climate policy after COP27: Five models of policy making., December 4, 2022.

Should Climate Groups Become Human Rights Advocates? COP 27, Egypt, And Greenpeace., November 14, 2022.

Climate Policy Lesson From Liz Truss's Resignation: Beware Of Budget Deficits., October 22, 2022.

Will Hurling TomatoSoup On Van Gogh's Sunflowers Advance Climate Policy?, October 19, 2022.

King Charles III Should Become A Climate Monarch., September 10, 2022.

California Is Facing An Electricity Crisis. But It Has Also Mandated A Switchover To Electric Vehicles., September 8, 2022.

Three Reasons Why Manchin Did A U-Turn On Climate Policy., August 3, 2022.

Inflation Reduction Act Is A Step Forward But Climate Policy Contradictions Remain., July 28, 2022.

For Democrats, trying to slow climate change is good politics. Washington Post, July 15, 2022.

Supreme Court And Carbon Regulation: West Virginia v. EPA Requires Rethinking Climate Activism., July 4, 2022.

Will Vandalizing the Mona Lisa Bring Climate Progress?, May 31, 2022.

Climate Policy And Partisan Wars: Elon Musk And Twitter., May 12, 2022.

2022 Earth Day Brings Grim News On Climate Policy: What Is The Way Forward?, April 21, 2022.

Here's Why Biden Switched From Opposing Russian Oil Ban To Supporting It., March 9, 2022.

Ukraine Crisis Is Terrible News For Climate Policy., February 23, 2022.

Climate Activists Should Worry That Seattle Housing Market Is Going Through The Roof., February 20, 2022.

Larry Fink, Stakeholder Capitalism, and Climate Action., January 23, 2022.

Don't Look Up: Political And Citizenship Failures To Fight Climate Change., January 4, 2022.


Mitigate Or Adapt: Republicans And Democrats Disagree About Climate Spending., December 18, 2021.

The Message From Glasgow: Climate Politics Is Local., December 1, 2021.

Storms And Power Outages: Decarbonization Depends On Reliable Electricity Supply., October 29, 2021.

Carbon Capture: Is the Glasgow Summitt ready for this Conversation?, October 23, 2021.

Larry Fink Wants $100 Billion For Decarbonization Aid: We are not Persuaded., October 14, 2021.

Pew Reports Widespread Support For Low-Emission Lifestyles. Will Individuals Then Cut Down On Air Travel?, September 19, 2021.

U.S. Climate Agenda In the Aftermath of The Afghanistan Withdrawal., August 20, 2021.

Wildfires, Heatwaves, And The IPCC Report: Yet Climate Policy Is Losing Steam., August 14, 2021.

Why Are New York And Seattle Mayoral Candidates Not Talking About Climate Change?, July 30, 2021.

Billionaires Claiming Climate Leadership Should Not Promote Space Tourism., July 12, 2021.

Including Tree Equity In The Climate Pledge: Here's How Amazon Can Help Address The Heat Island Effect., July 7, 2021.

Heat Waves Are A Local Health Hazard: Firms Should Plant Trees In Poor Neighborhoods., June 23, 2021.

Oil Industry's Fluctuating Fortunes: Recent Wins And Losses In Climate Policy., May 30, 2021.

The Lack Of EV Charging Stations Could Limit EV Growth., May 5, 2021.

Here's Why Domestic Politics Shaped Biden's Climate Summit Agenda., April 28, 2021.

Nomadland, Economic Disruption, And The Need For Just Climate Transition., April 12, 2021.

Carbon-Free Electricity Requires Policies To Build And Finance Transmission And Storage.,February 21, 2021.

Fights Over Indian Farm Laws Ignore Green Revolution's Climate And Economic Problems., February 16, 2021.

Blind Spots In Climate Policy: EV Supply Chain And Climate Adaptation., January 5, 2021.


The Green Revolution Is In Trouble: Here's Why Indian Farmers Are Protesting., December 20, 2020.

Different Styles Of Philanthropy: MacKenzie Scott And Jeff Bezos., December 16, 2020.

John Kerry As Presidential Climate Envoy: Virtue Signaling Or The Path To Climate Policy Progress?, November 24, 2020.

Bezos Earth Fund Should Support Grassroots Organizations Working on Just Transition., November 19, 2020.

Biden's Biggest Climate Challenge Is To Satisfy Both The "Workers" And The "Elites"., November 6, 2020.

Will the Biden Administration Transform U.S. Climate Policy?, October 16, 2020.

Will Amazon's "Climate Pledge Friendly" Label Transform Online Shopping?, October 6, 2020.

Republicans Embrace Local Environmental Issues In Competitive Races., September 23, 2020.

West Coast Wildfires Reveal Massive Governance Failures., September 13, 2020.

National Parks And Pebble Mine Reveal The Influence Of Competitive Elections And Conservative Celebrities., August 29, 2020.

Urban Heatwaves Are Worse For Low-Income Neighborhoods., August 14, 2020.

China's covid-19 stimulus plan isn't as green as it looks., June 30, 2020.

Biden's Climate Plan Needs To Do Better On The Concepts Of "Just Transition" And "Critical Minerals". Washington Post's Monkey Cage, August 3, 2020.

Heat Waves, Solar Rooftops, And Renewable Energy Jobs: Climate Equity Should Guide Decarbonization., July 3, 2020.

Amazon's Climate Pledge Arena: Virtue Signaling Or A Game-Changer?, June 26, 2020.

Amazon Pledges $2 Billion Climate Fund, As Its Carbon Emissions Grow., June 24, 2020.

Unilever's Climate Plan: Emissions From Supply Chain And Consumers Are The Real Challenge., June 18, 2020.

Here's Why Tech Platforms Might Need Regulation But Not Breaking Up., June 14, 2020.

National Parks Enjoy Bipartisan Support; Let's Back State Parks, Too., June 11, 2020.

Have Banks Become Climate Advocates? Interpreting Shareholder Votes And Lending Policies Regarding The Fossil Fuel Sector., May 30, 2020.

Siloization of Climate and Public Health: The Case of Covid-19. Global Policy Journal Blog, May 26, 2020.

Whistleblowers Fired, VP Resigns: Amazon's Looming Political Problems., May 7, 2020.

Climate Change Helped Global Cooperation. Will Coronavirus Undermine It?, April 11, 2020.

"Just (Climate) Transition" Provides A Roadmap For "Just (COVID-19) Containment.", April 4, 2020.

Coronavirus Mimics Climate Politics: The Emerging Frame Of "The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease"., March 26, 2020.

Coronavirus Encouraged Pro-Climate Behaviors: Here's How Earth Day Celebrations Could Help Sustain Them., March 19, 2020.

Here's Why Coronavirus And Climate Change Are Different Sorts Of Policy Problems., March 15, 2020.

Coronavirus And Global Supply Chain Disruption: A Wake-Up Call For Climate Policy?, March 7, 2020.

Bezos' Earth Fund Should Revitalize The American Rust Belt Instead Of Chasing Technological Solutions., February 20, 2020.

Restoring the reputations of charities after scandals. The Conversation, February 13, 2020.

The Business Case for Climate Leadership: Amazon' Social License to Operate., January 29, 2020.

The Climate Leadership Race: Microsoft's Climate Moonshot and Amazon's Climate Pledge., January 17, 2020.


2020 New Year's Resolution: Fly Less., December 26, 2019.

Turn Holiday Shopping Green By Gifting Tree Certificates Instead Of More "Stuff"., November 28, 2019.

Does Greta Thunberg's Lifestyle Equal Climate Denial? One Climate Scientist Seems To Suggest So., November 14, 2019.

Saving Delhi From The Toxic Smog: Regulations Have Failed But Financial Incentives Could Work., November 2, 2019.

U.S. Coal Bankruptcies Reveal The Future Of Alberta Tar Sands., October 30, 2019.

"Shallow" And "Deep" Decarbonization: Amazon's Climate Pledge., October 20, 2019.

The Amazon isn't the only forest that's burning. Can consumer pressure stop the destruction? Washington Post's Monkey Cage, October 14, 2019

Keeping Climate On The Agenda When Everybody is Talking Impeachment., September 27, 2019.

Amazon's Climate Pledge: Greenwashing Or A Game-Changer?, September 20, 2019.

Climate Strikes: What They Accomplish And How They Could Have More Impact., September 14, 2019.

Jobs and Climate Change: America's (Rust) Belt and Road Initiative., July 14, 2019.

Air Travel And Climate Change: KLM's "Fly Responsibly" Campaign., July 10, 2019.

Labor Unions and the Green New Deal: Love, Hate, or Indifference?, July 6, 2019.

The Message from Miami Debates: Climate Change is not the Top Issue for Democrats., June 29, 2019.

Should the Judiciary Be Making US Climate Policy?, June 22, 2019.

Why did India's devastating Cyclone Fani kill only 40 people--not 10,000? Washington Post's Monkey Cage, May 17, 2019.

Are Climate Action Supporters Avoiding the Green New Deal Label?, May 1, 2019.

The Notre Dame Fire, The Carbon Tax And Climate Policy., April 22, 2019.

Are India's Political Parties Ignoring Climate Change?, April 13, 2019.

The New Deal Or The Manhattan Project: Historical Analogies To Imagine Climate Action., April 5, 2019.

Can The Socialism Label Hurt The Green New Deal?, March 23, 2019.

The Green New Deal And The New Politics Of Climate Change., March 13, 2019.

Climate scientists have a moral responsibility to lead by example. The Hill, March 8, 2019.

3 ways to translate Green New Deal into actual policy. The Hill, February 13, 2019.

Schultz is not running against Trump--he's running against Bloomberg. The Hill, February 4, 2019.

Americans say they're worried about climate change--so why don't they vote that way? The Conversation. February 4, 2019.

Edmonds waterfront access -- let's pretend we're building a fantasy hockey team. My Edmonds News. January 16, 2019.

Climate movement should focus on winning the 2020 presidential election. The Hill, January 4, 2019.


Can the climate movement survive populism? Lessons from 'yellow vest' protests. The Hill, December 6, 2018.

Lessons for Washington from a carbon-tax autopsy. Crosscut, November 27, 2018.

Read my lips: No new (carbon) tax. The Hill, November 13, 2018.

If Liberal Billionaires Really Wanted To Change Politics, Here's What They'd Do. Huffington Post. October 24, 2018.

Don't be afraid to talk about the costs of dealing with climate change. The Conversation. October 10, 2018.

A Green Economy Must Achieve Climate Justice. The Regulatory Review. September 27, 2018.

Seattle's smoky summers are becoming the new normal. The Hill, August 22, 2018.

What Amazon owes Seattle's homeless is a matter of debate. The Hill. May 18, 2018.

Environmentalists need to reconnect with blue-collar America. The Hill. April 25, 2018.

The Climate Change Hypocrisy of Jet-Setting Academics. The Huffington Post, March 31, 2018.

Should India's Supreme Court Enforce Regulations? The Regulatory Review, March 27, 2018.

The Oxfam scandal shows that, yes, nonprofits can behave badly. So why aren't they overseen like for-profits? Washington Post's Monkey Cage. February 19, 2018.

The key to a successful carbon tax is how you spend the money. The Hill, February 13, 2018.


Amazon HQ2 in the Time of Climate Change. Huffington Post, December 4, 2017.

How donors can help make nonprofits more accountable. The Conversation, November 1, 2017.

Solar Panels on a Border Wall. The Regulatory Review. July 11, 2017.

Why a Retreat from Paris Now? The Regulatory Review. June 20, 2017.

International organizations and the crisis of legitimacy. Open Democracy. June 9, 2017.

Are we overreacting to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate? The Conversation, June 1, 2017.

Does the Environmental Movement Need New Messengers? Solutions, Vol. 8, Issue 3, May 2017.

Why did Scott Pruitt refuse to ban a chemical that the EPA itself said is dangerous? Washington Post's Monkey Cage. April 12, 2017.

Climate politics: Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally. The Conversation. March 27, 2017.

The Trump administration wants to kill the popular Energy Star program because it combats climate change.Washington Post's Monkey Cage.March 23, 2017.

Yes, consumers can change public policies sometimes. Here are the challenges. Washington Post's Monkey Cage. February 27, 2017.

Here's a better way to regulate carbon -- and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate. The Conversation. January 30, 2017.


The U.S. environmental movement needs a new message. The Conversation. December 12, 2016.

Trump can't abolish the EPA. Slate. November 16, 2016.

The Dakota pipeline protesters should think big. Slate. November 3, 2016.

The Upside of Ignoring Climate Change. Slate. October 31, 2016.

"Climate Change Did it!" is a Convenient Excuse. Slate. October 21, 2016.

Manufacturing Dissent: How the New York Times' covered the Brexit Vote. Duck of Minerva. September 29, 2016.

The big fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline, explained. Washington Post's Monkey Cage, September 20, 2016.

Here's what many journalists missed when covering the Brexit vote. Washington Post's Monkey Cage, August 4, 2016.

The perils of technocraticism: Will environmentalists learn from Brexit? Governance Journal Blog, June 27, 2016.

It's not just Flint: Here's why we ignore water pollution. Washington Post's Monkey Cage, June 8, 2016.

Here's what Clinton really thinks about Appalachian coal country. Washington Post's Monkey Cage, May 15, 2016.

Environmental Inclusion: A Moral Imperative and Political Necessity. Stanford Social Innovation Review. February 26, 2016.

NGOs are great at demanding transparency. They are not so hot about providing it. Washington Post's Monkey Cage, February 22, 2016.

Government Contractors as Civil Society? Stanford Social Innovation Review. November 9, 2015.