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CPR Member Scholar Op-Eds

CPR Member Scholars are frequent contributors to newspaper opinion pages across the nation. Read what they have to say:



Corporate Violence as Crime: Anniversary of the West Virginia Chemical Spill
by Rena Steinzor, on Huffington Post, January 12, 2015

Time to Upgrade Drinking Water Protections
 by Noah Sachs, The Hill, January 9, 2015.


Maryland's Whistleblower Laws Need Teeth
by Rena Steinzor and Sally Dworak-Fisher, in The Baltimore Sun, December 5, 2014

Name a tough prosecutor to succeed Holder
by Rena Steinzor, in The Hill, October 10, 2014

Gov. Jindal, Don't Sign Away Our Legal Claims
by Robert R.M. Verchick, in the New Orleans Times Picayune, May 31, 2014

Americans Deserve Real Toxic Chemical Reform
by Linda Reinstein and CPR Member Scholar Sidney Shapiro, in the MintPress News, May 14, 2014

West Blast Victims Need More than Lips Service from State (behind paywall)
by CPR Member Thomas O. McGarity, in The Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2014.

EPA's Enforcement Retreat
by CPR Member Scholars Joel Mintz and Victor Flatt, in The Hill, January 10, 2014.


Why are polluters getting discounts?
by CPR Member Scholar Rena Steinzor, in the Baltimore Sun, December 27, 2013.

What Obama Left Out of His Inequality Speech: Regulation
by CPR Member Scholar Thomas O. McGarity, in the New York Times, December 8, 2013.

It's time to focus attention on protecting the environment
by CPR Member Scholar Victor Flatt and Catherine Phillips, in the Houston Chronicle, October 15, 2013.

No mere patch protects nature
by CPR Member Scholar Victor Flatt and Catherine Phillips, in the Charlotte Observer, October 6, 2013.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: SBA Finally Walks Back from Misleading Report on Regulations
by Sidney Shapiro, on Huffington Post, October 3, 2013.

Regulatory backlog threatens health and the environment
by Rena Steinzor, August 22, 2013, in The Hill.

Politics and progress: Will the White House stall its own climate change plans?
by Robert R.M. Verchick, July 25, 2013 in The Hill.

Toxic Chemicals Bill Trumps State Rights
by Rena Steinzor, June 26, 2013, in The Hill.

West Explosion Highlights Need for Regulatory Oversight
by Thomas O. McGarity, May 3, 2013, in the Houston Chronicle.

Smoking Gun in West, Texas, Fertilizer Blast: Lack of Government Oversight
by Thomas O. McGarity, April 29, 2013, in the Christian Science Monitor.

Federal Regulations Protect Out Communities
by Victor Flatt, April 22, 2013, in the Houston Chronicle.

Is the SBA Selling out Mom and Pop Businesses?
by Sidney Shapiro, February 5, 2013, on Huffington Post, on the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy.

President has authority to act on regulatory issues
by David Driesen, published in the January 28, 2013 Syracuse Post-Standard.


Obama Should Sidestep Congress
by Rena Steinzor and Amy Sinden, published December 27, 2012 in the Baltimore Sun.

Don't undercut consumer financial protection agencies' independence
by Noah Sachs, published in the November 26, 2012 Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Bay Cleanup Needs Consequences
by Rena Steinzor, published in the March 24, 2012 Annapolis Capital.


Healthy Environment, Strong Economy Can Co-Exist
 by Robert Adler, published in the September 24, 2011 Salt Lake Tribune.

The President's Capitulation on Smog
by David Driesen, published September 21, 2011 in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Breathing uneasily: Obama retreats on tightening smog standards Obama's pandering to business on air pollution will cost lives
by Rena Steinzor, published in the September 8, 2011 Baltimore Sun.

Obama ozone decision a giant step backward
by Thomas McGarity, published in the September 7, 2011 Houston Chronicle.

Species conservation not factor in flooding
by Member Scholar Sandra Zellmer and John H. Davidson on species conservation considerations and the 2011 Missouri River flooding, published July 3, 2011 in the Omaha World-Herald.

In Making Disaster Plans, We Have to Imagine the Worst Case
by Robert R.M. Verchick, April 28, 2011 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Law's Great Strength
by Holly Doremus, on the Endangered Species Act, April 21, 2011, on the New York Times website's Room for Debate page. (Read all articles in the debate.)

Business as Usual in the Gulf
by Rena Steinzor, April 21, 2011 in the Baltimore Sun..

Recovery in Japan: Will it be Heavy-handed or Hands-off?
by Robert R.M. Verchick, April 13, 2011 in the Christian Science Monitor.

U.S. House-approved EPA budget cuts threaten environmental devastation
by Joel Mintz, March 22, 2011 in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Shutting the Door on Environmental Debate
by Robert W. Adler, March 5, 2011 in the Salt Lake Tribune on citizen access to the courts in oil and gas leasing disputes.

'Reckless' chemical laws turn people into guinea pigs
by Carl Cranor, February 28, 2011, in Environmental Health News.

Guard public; test chemicals before release
by Carl Cranor, February 27, 2011, in the Riverside Press Enterprise.

Let Government Govern
by Joe Tomain, February 25, 2011 in the Cincinnati Enquirer, on the REINS Act..

When It REINS, It Pours
by Noah Sachs, February 10, 2011 in the New Republic.

Commentary: David Driesen of Syracuse University School of Law says proposed REINS law unnecessary
by David Driesen, January 5, 2011 in the Syracuse Post-Standard.


Proposition 23 and the damage it would do to California: Setting aside the state's climate change law would damage the state's green economy and imperil California's commitment to fighting greenhouse gas emissions
by Daniel Farber and Richard Frank, October 4, 2010 in the Los Angeles Times.

Do we believe in magic?
by William Andreen in the August 8, 2010 Mobile Press-Register, on the risk of offshore oil drilling spills.

'Magic' not policy,
by William Andreen, in the July 18, 2010 Montgomery Advertiser, on the risk of offshore oil drilling spills.

What if drilling goes really wrong?
by Victor Flatt, in the July 5, 2010 Raleigh News & Observer.

Time for a Regulatory Revival
by Rena Steinzor, in the June 18, 2010 Baltimore Sun.

Gulf oil spill: Obama's regulatory response falls short
by Holly Doremus and Eric Biber, May 20, 2010, in the Los Angeles Times.

Did a single week reverse energy fortunes forever?
by Victor Flatt, May 10, 2010, in the Houston Chronicle, on the confluence of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the approval of the Cape Wind project by the federal government.

Texas water will suffer under plan to lower standards
by Thomas McGarity, March 18, 2010 in the Austin American Statesman on a proposal by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to downgrade the state's water standards.

Cap and trade is preferable to hodgepodge regulation
by Kirsten Engel and David Driesen, October 10, 2009 in the Arizona Daily Star.


Mercury and the DEQ: trading our health for economic gain
by Daniel J. Rohlf, September 4, 2009 in the Portland Oregonian.

The Cost-Benefit Dodge
by Amy Sinden and Catherine O'Neill, in the May 12, 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer.

Climate bill good first step in long and arduous trip
by CPR Member Scholars Victor Flatt and William Buzbee, in the April 25, 2009 Houston Chronicle, on improving the Waxman-Markey climate change bill.  Also in the May 5, 2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tough caps would likely curb pollution and cool warming.

Rescuing Science from Politics
by CPR Member Scholars Wendy Wagner and Rena Steinzor, in the March 23, 2009 Cleveland Plain Dealer, discussing steps the Obama Administration should take to protect science in the policymaking and regulatory realms from politicization and undue corporate influence.  Also published in the Austin American-Statesman, March 23, 2009, How to Save Science from Politics.  Also in the March 30, 2009 Baltimore Sun, Purifying Science.

A Rare Win for Consumers
by CPR Member Scholar Thomas McGarity, on the Supreme Court's decision in Wyeth vs. Levine, published March 6, 2009 in the Dallas Morning News.  Also published in the Houston Chronicle, March 7, 2009, A Victory for Consumers in Pre-emption War
and in the March 9, 2009 Austin American-Statesman, Wyeth vs. Levine is a Rare Win for Consumers.


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