Climate Policy

Trump’s Climate-Change Sociopathy

by |June 7th, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | June 7, 2017 President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement is not just dangerous for the world; it is also sociopathic. Without remorse, Trump is willfully inflicting harm on others. The declaration by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, that Trump believes in… read more

Climate of Folly

by |June 2nd, 2017

As featured in Commonweal Magazine | June 2, 2017 When I heard that Trump had decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, I immediately thought about an event I attended at the Vatican last September on Laudato si’ and the implementation of the accord. During that event, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon,… read more

US faces disgrace if Trump drops Paris climate pact

by |June 1st, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | June 1, 2017 President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, senior US officials familiar with his plans told CNN Wednesday. While not unexpected, this is a major break that would isolate the United States in global climate change efforts. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill… read more

Trump’s Paris pullout leaves America’s global leadership in flames

by |June 1st, 2017

As featured in New York Daily News | June 1, 2017 Today is the day that America’s global leadership ends. Congratulations, Washington, you have become worse than useless. You are now positively dangerous. Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement is leaving the civilized world. Hyperbole? Not so. Global warming is an existential threat. Every literate person knows it, including… read more

How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

by |April 18th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | April 18, 2017 Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO… read more

Categories: Climate Policy, Policy

Donald Trump’s Climate Fantasies

by |March 31st, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | March 31, 2017 Legend holds that King Canute brought his flatterers to the sea to show them that even a king could not command the ocean waves, that the laws of nature are more powerful than the decrees of men. So pity Donald Trump, who really believes that his executive orders can… read more

Trump and the Doomsday Clock

by |February 12th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | February 12, 2017 The most chilling concern about Donald Trump is the worldwide fear that he puts our very survival at risk. This is not loose talk or partisanship. It was recently expressed by the most thoughtful experts who monitor the risks to our survival: The Science and Security… read more

Categories: Climate Policy, Economy

US Must Transition to Low-Carbon Energy

by |November 21st, 2016

As featured in the Boston Globe | November 20, 2016 Tesla electric cars are recharged at a supercharging station in Darien, Conn. Part of a weekly series on the economic choices facing the United States and its relations with the rest of the world. For previous entries, click here. Energy is the lifeblood of the economy…. read more

No Time to Waste: Ending America’s Climate Exceptionalism

by |September 27th, 2016

As featured in Commonweal Magazine | 26 September 2016 Each year, the planet breaks another global-warming record. Each month, we hear more stories of record-breaking droughts, heat waves, floods, fires, and extreme weather events that are supposed to occur only once a generation. And each new study seems to suggest that critical triggers like melting polar ice caps are coming… read more

A Contemporary Threat to the “Gateway to the East”: Managing Climate and Disaster Risk for India’s City of Guwahati

by |August 28th, 2013

By Justin Fung It has been said that during conflicts in the 17th century, the Kingdom of Assam — whose multi-ethnic citizens co-existed in harmony for over six hundred years — defended the eastern border city of Saraighat from the aggressive advances of the Mughal Empire on no less than sixteen different occasions.  As war… read more