Category Environmental Policy

Nuclear Waste Management Governance in the U.S.

Sydney Hamilton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Nuclear power accounts for approximately 20% of the energy produced in the U.S. each year. It is zero carbon and sometimes cast as the best option to decarbonize the energy sector. But, nuclear power has a dirty secret: its waste has nowhere to go. The nuclear power industry in the […]

Protecting Bald Eagles from Lead Poisoning: State-Level Policy Solutions

Reeve Jacobus, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  Although the bald eagle was removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007, it is nevertheless illegal to hunt the national bird of the United States. Bald eagles are protected under the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which imposes a $5,000 fine or one-year prison sentence for killing […]

Reducing Negative Externalities of Natural Gas Production: Exploring Regulatory Alternatives

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A recent Pew study found that Americans perceive climate change as one of the top global security threats, second only to ISIS. Ancipicating significant long-term costs to human and natural communities, regulatory agencies wrestle with how to best manage climate risks. While advances like hydraulic fracturing are thought […]

GW WonkCast S3E11-1: Below the Fold: Tariffs with China, Sacramento Police Pay District Attorney Following Killing, and a Rollback on Methane Regulation

Our three stories follow policy news hidden beneath the headlines. co-Host Eli Richman digs into tariffs on Chinese products. What does a trade deficit mean and why are folks upset about it? co-Host Gabe Moss explains that following the killing of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, the Sacramento Police Officers Association paid the District Attorney. Lastly, […]

GW WonkCast S3E9-1: Below the Fold: Infrastructure Plan Overestimate, Elephant Trophy Imports, and UK Landbanking

This #belowthefold unpacks two U.S. policies and one in the UK. co-Host Gabe Moss looks at a new study that estimates the administration’s plan to invest $200 billion in infrastructure will generate an additional $30 billion in state, local, and private spending, not the $1.5 trillion the administration announced. Moderator Jessica Blackband next looks at […]

GW WonkCast S3E8-1: Below the Fold: Climate Change in Textbooks, Olympics and Diplomacy, and the EPA and SCOTUS

This Below the Fold covers a debate over whether to discuss climate change in textbooks in Idaho, a recap of what the Olympics meant for U.S. diplomacy, and a dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Supreme Court. Jessica Blackband moderates joined by co-Host Katherine Lundie and last episode’s special guest MPP Matthew […]

Why Energy Experts are Excited about Batteries

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The U.S. is increasingly investing in a future where more of our energy comes from renewable sources. Because these sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power are intermittent and unreliable, energy innovators also need to invest in creating batteries that can store renewable energy when society’s needs […]