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2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China's covid-19 stimulus plan isn't as green as it looks. Forbes.com, 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. Forbes.com, July 3, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

Have Banks Become Climate Advocates? Interpreting Shareholder Votes And Lending Policies Regarding The Fossil Fuel Sector. Forbes.com, 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. Forbes.com, May 7, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bezos' Earth Fund Should Revitalize The American Rust Belt Instead Of Chasing Technological Solutions. Forbes.com, 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. Forbes.com, January 29, 2020.

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


2019

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

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

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

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

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

"Shallow" And "Deep" Decarbonization: Amazon's Climate Pledge. Forbes.com, 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. Forbes.com, September 27, 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should the Judiciary Be Making US Climate Policy? Forbes.com, 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? Forbes.com, May 1, 2019.

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

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

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

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

The Green New Deal And The New Politics Of Climate Change. Forbes.com, 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.


2018

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.


2017

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.

2016

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.