After Trump signed an executive order reversing the Obama administration’s landmark Clean Power Plan, one rogue EPA employee switched the email announcement at the last minute, publicly flaunting the EPA’s internal opposition to what is arguably the least scientifically informed piece of science regulation, ever. Environmentalists weren’t the only ones fuming over the Trump administration’s… Read More The Post Trump Slump
New York City is considering implementing a $0.05 fee on plastic bags. This bit of legislation has the majority support by one vote, and could be signed on May 5th. Should they do it? You decide. The Facts Every year, less than 5% of the 100 billion discarded plastic bags are recycled in the US. These bags litter land and water, causing harm to marine… Read More Do Plastic Bag Fees Work?
Recently, a New Jersey General Assembly committee voted in favor of the”Smart Container Act,” which has been hotly debated in the state for decades. This Act would impose a $0.10 deposit on juice, soda, sports drinks, water, beer, and wine containers 24 oz and smaller and a $0.20 deposit on larger ones. This fee is imposed at time… Read More Should NJ Implement a Beverage Container Redemption Law?
This presidential race has been laughable at best. (Honestly, some kids created a Cards-Against-Humanity spinoff to poke fun at the 2016 election.) But I cannot avoid the Donald Trump conversation any longer, as he has clinched some pretty big victories, causing Rubio to drop out of the race.The prospect of Trump becoming the next U.S.… Read More What Voting Republican Might Mean for the Environment
Women across the country are encouraging policymakers to change or include legislation to remove the “tampon tax,” the sales tax imposed on feminine hygiene products (e.g., tampons and sanitary napkins). Currently, only five states – Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New Jersey—have laws against taxing sanitary products. Five other states (New Hampshire, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Delaware)… Read More Tampon Tax May Be Repealed in Several States
Plastic is everywhere. Most of the products that we buy are made of or packaged in petroleum plastic, a material that is made to last forever, but used to throw away. The draw of plastic rather than conventional materials (e.g., glass, metal, wood, and paper) over the past decade is obvious- plastic is light weight, extremely durable,… Read More Our Plastic Oceans: The Problem and Its Solutions
The contrast of water as a private commodity vs. water as a human right demonstrates the diversity in approaches to water management, identifies Ryan Stoa in Jurist. These contrasting viewpoints are playing out in the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Review of the Crisis It has been 2 years since the City of Flint, Michigan decided… Read More Flint’s Water Crisis: Privatization vs. Human Right