regulation Archives - State of the Planet

Regulating Greenwashing

The purpose of greenwashing rules is not to prevent innocent errors or ignore tradeoffs but to discourage outright deception.

by |January 17, 2023

The Private Sector Push for Environmental Sustainability

Building the organizational capacity to measure, analyze, and report a company’s environmental impact is necessary but not sufficient to reduce that impact. The next step is to build the capacity to reduce impact through changes in work processes and/or technologies.

by |October 10, 2022
Graphic of Bitcoin emissions and wind turbines

Cryptocurrency’s Dirty Secret: Energy Consumption

To be a true game changer, crypto may need to come clean and go green.

by |May 4, 2022

Scott Pruitt and the Chemical Industry Collude to Deregulate Toxic Chemicals

The persistence of toxic chemicals and substances like plastics throughout the biosphere has impacts that are not yet well understood and may be very difficult to predict.

by |June 11, 2018

We Need to Reinvent Regulation, Not Destroy It

We should be thinking about regulation as a way of ensuring our economic activity can proceed with the least possible amount of unanticipated negative impacts. We need to police ourselves and make sure that the rules of correct behavior are clear, fair, well understood and creatively applied.

by |January 10, 2018

Houston’s Post-Harvey Toxic Mess

If we are to maintain the way of life we enjoy while maintaining a safe and healthy environment, we need to require more careful management of toxic substances.

by |September 11, 2017

Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump’s Stealth War on the EPA

The Trump Administration’s understated attack on environmental regulation could have more impact than some of its higher-profile actions.

by |August 14, 2017

A Small Senate Victory Maintains Methane Regulation

While I see little hope of modernizing the environmental regulatory structure under the current regime, last week provided some hope that the U.S. Senate won’t allow our environmental laws to be dismantled.

by |May 15, 2017

A State and Local Strategy for Protecting the American Environment

While federal support for new technology and infrastructure would be helpful, there is another approach that can also be effective. We should focus on modernizing our state and local energy systems. By modernizing the energy system we can reduce the costs and environmental impact of our energy use.

by |March 13, 2017