The 2020 elections will determine which voices dominate public land debates

Republicans and Democrats take sharply different positions on managing US public lands, but there's solid consensus on some issues.

James R. Skillen, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Calvin University • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: joe-biden donald-trump-administration national-parks national-wildlife-refuge oil-and-gas-exploration malheur-occupation national-monuments donald-trump-jr public-lands us-elections-2020

A proposed mine threatens Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.

Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: conservation forests water-pollution fishing donald-trump-administration mining rivers minerals outdoors lakes copper wilderness us-forest-service minnesota sonny-perdue camping

The Fed's independence helped it save the US economy in 2008 – the CDC needs the same authority today

The Trump administration has revised CDC health guidelines and undermined its own experts, making it harder for science to prevail over politics in US's coronavirus strategy.

Mitchel Y. Abolafia, Professor Of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: coronavirus donald-trump-administration coronavirus-response us-federal-reserve experts 2007-08-financial-crisis us-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention political-interference

From border security to climate change, national emergency declarations raise hard questions about presidential power

Declaring an issue is a national emergency lets presidents act quickly and with few constraints. But once they get this kind of power, it's hard to take it back – and it can produce bad policies.

Daniel Farber, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  joe-biden  us-congress  separation-of-powers  bernie-sanders  border-security  us-presidency  presidential-power  us-mexico-border-wall  2020-us-presidential-election  donald-trump-administration

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