Hixon Center Blog Page 2

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 […]

The Hixon Center Responds to the 2016 Election

December 5, 2016

Hixon Center logo

A Letter from the Hixon Center by Tanja Srebotnjak (Director) and Louis Spanias (Sustainability Program Manager) We at the Hixon Center were surprised by the election results on November 8. Like many others, we hoped that the country would elect its first female president; that it would continue to make progress on social justice and […]

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 […]

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on the Environment? Part 5: The Second and Third Presidential Debates

October 31, 2016

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager With just more than a week remaining before the Presidential Election, I offer to you my conclusive segment of the ‘Where Does Your Candidate Stand on the Environment?’ series. In this segment, I evaluate the latter two presidential debates between Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) and offer […]