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What Does Climate Change Have to Do with These Hurricanes?

September 18, 2017

Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager The image above should startle you. Three active hurricanes – Katia, Irma, and Jose (from left to right) – were poised to make landfall on the same day (Saturday, September 9th) a couple of weekends ago. Only a couple of weeks before, Hurricane Harvey devastated the southern coastline of […]

What ExxonMobil’s Duplicity on Climate Change Means for the Fossil Fuel Industry

August 31, 2017

ExxonMobil refinery

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Back in 2015, a number of reports raised serious allegations against ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil and gas corporation. The reports suggested that, over several decades, ExxonMobil outwardly denied or expressed skepticism about anthropogenic climate change, even though the company’s scientists and internal research documents often acknowledged its risks. […]

A Call to Institutionalize Sustainability at Harvey Mudd

June 28, 2017

Harvey Mudd College campus

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager; and TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center Sustainability remains one of Harvey Mudd’s target areas for progress. As we argue here, the College must foster a culture around environmental sustainability on campus and among all of its community members if it is to prepare students for the real […]

Ted Cruz’s stance on Paris Climate Agreement myopic, not in America’s best interest

June 25, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On May 29, Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz published an opinion article on CNN.com calling on President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The reasons Senator Cruz lists to justify his call have been mostly debunked as biased, exaggerated, or wrong by […]

California Looks Ahead, Aims to Bolster Climate Policy

May 8, 2017

Gerry Brown speaks at a conference.

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In the first 100 days of his presidency, Donald Trump has shown little to no inclination to maintain or advance the United States’ efforts to address climate change and other environmental issues. It did not take long after the federal election in November 2016 for California leadership to emerge […]

Dismantled: President Trump signs executive orders undoing Obama climate policies

April 4, 2017

President Trump signing executive order

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager This past Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13783: “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” in an effort to “[avoid] regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation,” and, as Trump himself stated, to “put an end to the war on coal.” […]

Climate Clash: President Trump’s First Moves on the Environment

January 30, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager It did not take long for President Donald Trump to make his first moves on the environment. Inaugurated just over a week ago, the 45th President of the United States has acted quickly, issuing a number of executive orders and instructions, geared toward undoing President Obama’s environmental legacy. The […]

President Obama’s Environmental Legacy

January 16, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In September 2016, the U.S. and China stepped forward together to sign and ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, a profound act by the world’s two leading greenhouse gas emitters to hold themselves, and each other, accountable. A couple of months later, in November 2016, the Agreement came into force, committing all nations […]

Our Uncertain Climate Future

November 21, 2016

What the U.S. Election Now Means for Global Climate Action By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center & LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager A few weeks ago, we commented on the apparent climate blackout in the presidential debates and mainstream media coverage. We also provided coverage of the candidate’s opinions in our “Where Does […]

Climate Blackout

November 1, 2016

Why Climate Change Hardly Surfaced During the Presidential Campaign Season By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager If you have been following the presidential debates, as well as the Hixon Center’s ‘Where Does Your Candidate Stand on the Environment?’ series, you might have noticed the glaring lack of discussion in the debates and in the mainstream […]