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More than Economic Opportunities: Why National Monuments are Important

August 31, 2017

Valley of the Gods

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center In April of 2017, President Trump tasked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke by Executive Order with assessing whether 27 National Monuments (i.e., those created since 1996 and at least 100,000 acres in size) should be eliminated, reduced in size or remain unchanged. The President declared that some of […]

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 […]

Reaching Across Fences: Non-Traditional Allies for the Environmental Movement

May 8, 2017

People protesting for environmental protection.

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center Environmentalists are used to labels. Many of us have been called tree huggers, granola-eating Birkenstock wearers – or worse. In the era of Trump-style populism and rejection of fact-based evidence and science, I argue that environmentalists need to look for allies where perhaps traditionally they were scarce […]

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.” […]

Matters of Belief: What Pruitt’s Rhetoric Really Means

March 20, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager On Thursday, March 9th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt appeared on “Squawk Box,” a CNBC morning news and talk program, where he was asked if he believed that carbon dioxide (CO2) was proven to be the “primary control knob” for climate. Pruitt responded: No – I think […]

Replenished, but not Rectified: California’s Drought Picture and Water Management Looking Forward

February 27, 2017

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In case you haven’t noticed, it rained a lot recently. While weather scientists anticipated that El Niño would bring relief to the California drought in 2016, it largely turned out to be a bust. Some parts of the state received rain, especially in the Central Valley, but warmer temperatures […]

Besieged or Emboldened: Women’s and Environmental Movements under the Trump Administration

February 27, 2017

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center The 2016 presidential campaign was full of headline-grabbing stories about the war on women and the environment that a Trump Administration would wage. President Trump’s appointees to key positions at the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

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 […]