The Environmental Forum

Volume 34 Issue 6

November-December 2017

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A Common Table

AMERICAN NEOGOTHIC ❧ In 2018, Congress must reauthorize the Farm Bill. Even in a polarized Washington, the measure represents a unique opportunity to bring disparate parties together to help the sector achieve meaningful reductions in carbon emissions and boost rural economic opportunity.

By Brian Deese, Daniel Hornung and Ali Zaidi
Kennedy School of Government, Yale Law School, Stanford University

With SIDEBARs by a progressive farmer and an agricultural economist

The Status Quo Isn't Working

CAPITOL IDEA ❧ The key to sustainability isn’t to restrict bad practices but to encourage good practices until they take root. We can keep reacting to problems as they emerge, or we can create a culture of responsible resource management that prevents threats from coming to pass.

By Representative Mike Quigley
House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
Protecting the Poor

COVER STORY ❧ Reducing greenhouse emissions by making it more expensive to burn fossil fuels and letting prices determine how businesses and households reduce their emissions is a cost-effective policy — provided mechanisms are put in place to offset added costs to those in poverty.

By Chad Stone
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

With SIDEBARs by a Liberaterian policy shop, a university scholar, and a lawyer-activist

A Chemical Reaction

TSCA 2.0 ❧ Personal bonding and filling complementary political needs catalyzed the first major environmental statute in more than a quarter century. Now comes the task of heating up what the newly compounded toxics law precipitated: an extensive program of evaluation and testing.

By Brett Korte
Environmental Law Institute
The Debate What Can Trump Do to Foster Environmental Justice?

HEADNOTE ❧ We asked a panel of experts, and then the hurricanes hit, exposing the vulnerability of poor and minority populations in Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Is there a greater role for the executive branch to play to ensure environmental equity in what has been called the civil rights issue of the 21st century?

By Maite Arce, Lisa Garcia, Sharon Lerner, Vernice Miller-Travis, Suzi Ruhl and Benjamin Wilson
Hispanic Access Foundation, Earthjustice, The Intercept, SKEO Solutons Inc., Environmental Protection Agency, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
By: David P. Clarke

Indecent exposure? Activists fear TSCA rules risk public health.

By: Robert N. Stavins

What have we learned from 30 years of cap-and-trade programs?

By: Linda K. Breggin

NYU legal center to assist state AGs in battling Trump rollbacks.

By: Craig M. Pease

Geoengineering & hubris: altering gargantuan natural flows of energy.

By: Richard Lazarus

The dignity of the states is being lost in environmental litigation.

By: Kathleen Barrón

States are labs of carbon pricing in power sector and broader economy.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Willing expediting NEPA reviews for infrastructure speed up projects?

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

Faults a book on WWII’s devastation.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

A well ends well: an exurban fable.

By: Laura Frederick

Study finds legal means for protecting California’s coast.

By: Carl Bruch

Online course on sustainability and peace set to launch in 2018.

By: Scott Fulton

On the enemy of environmental protection.