Commentaries (reflecting my personal views, not that of UW)
The Ukraine invasion reveals how national security, international trade, and climate change are connected. Forbes.com, May 29.
Why blowing up pipelines will not solve the climate crisis. Forbes.com, May 1.
Dogs are humans’ best friends: Could we reduce their carbon footprint?. Forbes.com, April 9.
The political logic of Willow project’s approval. Forbes.com, March 24.
Greta Thunberg joins Indigenous communities in opposing wind energy: How to address community opposition to renewable projects. Forbes.com, March 2.
Net-zero emission pledges may not lead to full decarbonization. The Regulatory Review, February 13.
- Here’s why climate change gets the spotlight but biodiversity doesn’t
. Forbes.com, February 1.
Public opinion supports Electric Vehicle tax credits. The Regulatory Review, January 23.
- Governor DeSantis, Larry Fink, and the ESG Debate: How climate policy could avoid culture wars.
Forbes.com, December 27.
- How to reboot climate policy after COP27: Five models of policy making.
Forbes.com, December 4.
Should climate groups become human rights advocates? COP 27, Egypt, and Greenpeace.
Forbes.com, November 14.
Climate policy lesson from Liz Truss’s resignation: Beware of budget deficits.
Forbes.com, October 22.
Will hurling tomato soup on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers advance climate policy?.
Forbes.com, October 19.
Stock markets fail to punish firms that cause harm. The Regulatory Review, September 20.
Pakistan is seeking flood assistance — but not from foreign NGOs. Washington Post, September 13.
King Charles III should become a climate monarch. Forbes.com, September 10.
California is facing an electricity crisis. But it has also mandated a switchover to Electric Vehicles.
Forbes.com, September 7.
Three reasons why Manchin did a U-Turn on climate policy.
Forbes.com, August 3.
Inflation Reduction Act is a step forward but climate policy contradictions remain.
Forbes.com, July 28.
For Democrats, trying to slow climate change is good politics.
Washington Post, July 15.
Supreme Court and carbon regulation: West Virginia V. EPA requires rethinking climate activism.
Forbes.com, July 4.
- Will vandalizing the Mona Lisa bring climate progress? .
Forbes.com, May 31.
- Fewer donors say they’re willing to give to a charity when it supports immigrants – especially if they’re undocumented.
The Conversation, May 17.
- Climate Policy And Partisan Wars: Elon Musk And Twitter.
Forbes.com, May 14.
- 2022 Earth Day brings grim news on climate policy: What is the way forward?.
Forbes.com, April 22.
- Is ESG simply the old CSR wine in a new bottle?.
Regulatory Review, March 28.
- Here’s why Biden switched from opposing Russian oil ban to supporting it.
Forbes.com, March 9.
- Ukraine crisis is terrible news for climate policy.
Forbes.com, February 23.
- Climate activists should worry that Seattle housing market is going through the roof.
Forbes.com, February 20.
- Larry Fink, stakeholder capitalism, and climate action.
Forbes.com, January 23.
- Autocrats are exploiting COVID-19 to weaken central bank independence.
Foreign Policy, January 10.
- Don’t Look Up: Political and citizenship failures to fight climate change.
Forbes.com, January 4.
- Mitigate or adapt: Republicans and Democrats disagree about climate spending.
Forbes.com, December 18.
- When promoting democracy, less is more.
Foreign Policy, December 8.
- The message from Glasgow: Climate politics is local.
Forbes.com, December 1.
- Storms and power outages: Decarbonization depends on reliable electricity supply.
Forbes.com, October 29.
- Carbon capture: Is the Glasgow summit ready for this conversation?
Forbes.com, October 23.
- Larry Fink wants $100 billion for decarbonization aid: We are not persuaded.
Forbes.com, October 14.
- Pew reports support for low-emission lifestyles. Will individuals cut down on air travel?.
Forbes.com, September 19.
- Climate change and price stability mandates at central banks.
The Regulatory Review, September 13.
- U.S. climate agenda in the aftermath of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Forbes.com, August 20.
- Wildfires, heatwaves, and the IPCC report: Yet climate policy is losing steam.
Forbes.com, August 14.
- Why are New York and Seattle Mayoral candidates not talking about climate change? Forbes.com, July 30.
- Billionaires claiming climate leadership should not promote space tourism.
Forbes.com, July 12.
- Including tree equity in the Climate Pledge: Here’s how Amazon can help address the heat island effect.
Forbes.com, July 7.
- Why local communities may support nuclear energy.
The Regulatory Review, June 29.
- Heat waves are a local health hazard: Firms should plant trees in poor neighborhoods.
Forbes.com, June 23.
- Oil industry’s fluctuating fortunes: Recent wins and losses in climate policy.
Forbes.com, May 30.
- The lack of EV charging stations could limit EV growth.
Forbes.com, May 4.
- Here’s why domestic politics shaped Biden’s Climate Summit Agenda.
Forbes.com, April 28.
- Nomadland, economic disruption, and the need for “just climate transition.”
Forbes.com, April 12.
- It’s World Water Day. Here’s why democracies do better at delivering water equally to all.
Washington Post, March 22.
- Carbon-free electricity requires policies to build and finance transmission and storage.
Forbes.com, February 21.
- Fights over Indian farm laws ignore Green Revolution’s climate and economic problems.
Forbes.com, February 16.
- Blind spots in climate policy: EV supply chain and climate adaptation.
Forbes.com, January 5.
- Milton Friedman versus Jeff Bezos on climate leadership.
The Regulatory Review, December 28.
- The Green Revolution is in trouble: Here’s why Indian farmers are protesting.
Forbes.com, December 20.
- Different styles of philanthropy: McKinsey Scott And Jeff Bezos.
Forbes.com, December 16.
- Are net-zero emission pledges credible? The Regulatory Review,
- John Kerry as Presidential Climate Envoy: Virtue signaling or the path to climate policy progress?
Forbes.com, November 23.
- Bezos Earth Fund should support grassroots organizations working on “just transition”.
Forbes.com, November 19.
- Biden’s biggest climate challenge is to satisfy both the ‘workers’ and the ‘elites’.
Forbes.com, November 6.
- Will the Biden Administration transform U.S. climate policy? Forbes.com,
- Will Amazon’s “Climate Pledge Friendly” label transform online shopping?, Forbes.com,
- Republicans embrace local environmental issues in competitive races, Forbes.com,
- West Coast wildfires reveal massive governance failures, Forbes.com,
- National Parks and Pebble Mine reveal the influence of competitive elections and conservative celebrities, Forbes.com,
- Urban heatwaves are worse for low-income neighborhoods, Forbes.com,
- China’s covid-19 stimulus plan isn’t as green as it looks, Washington Post,
- Biden’s climate plan needs to do better on the concepts of ‘Just Transition’ and ‘Critical Minerals’, Forbes.com,
- Heat waves, solar rooftops, and renewable energy jobs: Climate equity should guide decarbonization, Forbes.com,
- Amazon’s Climate Pledge Arena: Virtue signaling or a game-changer?, Forbes.com,
- Amazon pledges $2 billion climate fund, as its carbon emissions grow, Forbes.com,
- Unilever’s climate plan: Emissions from supply chain and consumers are the real challenge, Forbes.com,
- Here’s why tech platforms might need regulation but not breaking up, Forbes.com,
- National parks enjoy bipartisan support, let’s back state parks, too, Forbes.com,
- Have banks really become climate advocates? Or are they just ‘climate washing?’, Forbes.com,
- Siloization of climate and public health: The case of Covid-19, Global Policy Opinion,
- Whistleblowers fired, VP resigns: Amazon's looming political problems, Forbes.com,
- Climate change helped global cooperation. Will Coronavirus undermine it?, Forbes.com,
- Just (climate) transition” provides a roadmap for “just (COVID-19) containment”, Forbes.com,
- Coronavirus mimics climate politics: The emerging frame of “the cure is worse than the disease”, Forbes.com, March 26.
- Coronavirus encouraged pro-climate behaviors: Here’s how Earth Day celebrations could help sustain them, Forbes.com, March 19.
- Here's why Coronavirus and climate change are different sorts of policy
problems, Forbes.com, March 15.
- Coronavirus and global supply chain disruption: A wake-up call for climate policy?, Forbes.com,
- Bezos’ Earth Fund should revitalize the American Rust Belt instead of chasing technological solutions, Forbes.com, February 20.
- Restoring the reputations of charities after scandals, The Conversation, February 13.
- The business case for climate leadership: Amazon’s social license to operate, Forbes.com, January 29.
- The climate leadership race: Microsoft’s Climate Moonshot and Amazon’s Climate Pledge, Forbes.com, January 17.
- Delhi’s air pollution: A failure of democratic governance, Global Asia, December, 2019.
- 2020 New Year’s resolution: Fly less, Forbes.com, December 26, 2019.
- Turning holiday shopping green: Gifting tree certificates instead of “stuff”, Forbes.com, November 28, 2019.
- Does Greta Thunberg’s lifestyle equal climate denial? One climate scientist seems to suggest so, Forbes.com, November 14, 2019.
- Saving Delhi from the toxic smog: Regulations have failed but financial incentives could work, Forbes.com, November 2, 2019.
- U.S. coal bankruptcies reveal the future of Alberta Tar Sands, Forbes.com, October 30, 2019.
- “Shallow” And “Deep” Decarbonization: Amazon’s Climate Pledge, Forbes.com, October 20, 2019.
- The Amazon isn’t the only forest that’s burning. Can consumer pressure stop the destruction?, Washington Post's Monkey Cage, October 14, 2019.
- Keeping climate on the agenda when everybody is talking impeachment, Forbes.com, September 27, 2019.
Amazon's climate pledge: Greenwashing or a game-changer?, Forbes.com, September 20, 2019.
Climate strikes: What they accomplish and how they could have more impact, Forbes.com, September 14, 2019.
Jobs and climate change: America's (Rust) Belt and Road Initiative, Forbes.com, July 14, 2019.
Air travel and climate change: KLM's "Fly Responsibly" campaign Forbes.com, July 10, 2019.
Labor unions and the Green New Deal: Love, hate, or indifference? Forbes.com, July 6, 2019.
The message from Miami debates: Climate change is not the top issue for Democrats. Forbes.com, June 29, 2019.
Should the Judiciary be making US climate policy? Forbes.com, June 22, 2019.
Why did India's devastating Cyclone Fani kill only 40 people -- not 10,000? Washington Post's Monkey Cage, May 17, 2019.
Are climate action supporters avoiding the Green New Deal label? Forbes.com, May 1, 2019.
The Notre Dame fire, the carbon tax and climate policy. Forbes.com, April 22, 2019.
Are India's political parties ignoring climate change? Forbes.com, April 13, 2019.
Why Americans appear more likely to support Christian refugees. The Conversation, April 9, 2019.
The New Deal or the Manhattan Project: Historical analogies to imagine climate action. Forbes.com, April 5, 2019.
Can the Socialist label hurt the Green New Deal? Forbes.com, March 23, 2019.
The Green New Deal and the new politics of climate change. Forbes.com March 13, 2019.
- Climate scientists have a moral responsibility to lead by example.
The Hill, March 8, 2019.
3 ways to translate Green New Deal into actual policy. The Hill, February 13, 2019.
Schultz is not running against Trump --- He's running against Bloomberg. The Hill, February 4, 2019.
Americans say they're worried about climate change -- so why don't they vote that way?. The Conversation, February 4, 2019.
Climate movement should focus on winning 2020 presidential elections. The Hill, January 4, 2019.
Can the climate movement survive populism? Lessons from 'yellow vest' protests. The Hill, December 6, 2018.
Lessons for Washington from a carbon tax autopsy. Crosscut, November 27, 2018.
Read my lips: No new (carbon) tax. The Hill, November 13, 2018.
If liberal billionaires really wanted to change politics, here's what they'd do. Huffpost,
October 24, 2018.
Don't be afraid to talk about the costs of dealing with climate change. The Conversation,
October 10, 2018.
A green economy must achieve climate justice. The Regulatory Review, September 27, 2018.
Seattle's smoky summers are becoming the new normal The Hill, August 22, 2018.
What Amazon owes Seattle's homeless is a matter of debate The Hill, May 18, 2018.
Environmentalists need to reconnect with blue-collar America The Hill, April 25, 2018.
The climate change hypocrisy of jet-setting academics. HuffPost, March 31, 2018.
Should India's Supreme Court enforce regulations? The Regulatory Review, March 27, 2018.
The unexpected consequences of private regulatory standards. The Regulatory Review, February 27, 2018.
The Oxfam scandal shows that, yes, nonprofits can behave badly. So why aren't they overseen like for-profits?. Washington Post/Monkey Cage, February 19, 2018.
The key to a successful carbon tax is how you spend the money. The Hill, February 13, 2018.
Why is India "missing" 63 million women -- even though development is roaring?. Washington Post/Monkey Cage, February 8, 2018.
Information-based regulation and the search for Amazon's second headquarters. The Regulatory Review, December 19, 2017.
Amazon HQ2 in the time of climate change. HuffPost, December 4, 2017.
Delhi is blanketed with toxic smog. This is why. Washington Post/Monkey Cage, November 11, 2017.
How donors can help make nonprofits more accountable The Conversation, November 1, 2017.
Solar panels on border wall The Regulatory Review, July 11, 2017.
Across the globe, governments are cracking down on civic organizations. This is why. Washington Post/Momey Cage, July 5, 2017.
Why retreat from Paris now? The Regulatory Review June 22, 2017.
International organizations and the crisis of legitimacy openGlobalRights/openDemocracy.net, June 9, 2017.
Are we overreacting to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate? The Conversation, June 1, 2017.
Does the environmental movement need new messengers? Solutions, May, 2017.
Four years after one of the worst industrial accidents ever, what have we learned? Washington Post/Monkey Cage, April 24, 2017.
Why did Scott Pruitt refuse to ban a chemical that the EPA itself said is dangerous.
Washington Post/Monkey Cage, April 12, 2017.
Climate politics: Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally
The Conversation, March 28, 2017.
The Trump administration wants to kill the popular Energy Star program because it combats climate change.
Washington Post/Monkey Cage, March 23, 2017.
Do African exports to China hurt labor rights?Here's what we found.
Washington Post/Monkey Cage, March 3, 2017.
Yes, consumers can cange public policies -sometimes. Here are the
Washington Post/Monkey Cage, February 27, 2017.
Here's a better way to regulate carbon -- and change the tired
environment-versus-economy debate. The Conversation, January
The US environmental movement needs a new message. The
December 12, 2016.
Trump can't abolish the EPA.
Slate.com, November 16, 2016
The Dakota pipeline protests should think big.
Slate.com, November 3, 2016
- The upside of ignoring climate change.
Slate.com, October 31, 2016
"Climate change did It!" Is a convenient excuse.
Slate.com, October 21, 2016
Manufacturing dissent: How The New York Times covered the Brexit vote.
Duck of Minerva, September 29, 2016
The big fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline, explained.
Washington Post/Monkey Cage, September 20, 2016
Here's what many journalists missed when covering the Brexit
vote. Washington Post/Monkey Cage, August 4, 2016
Perils of technocraticism, Will environmentalists learn from Brexit.
Governance Journal Blog, June 27, 2016.
Let's take institutional failure more seriously.
Statecrafting.net, June 9, 2016.
It's not just Flint: Heres why we ignore water pollution.
Washington Post/ Monkey Cage, June 8, 2016.
Here's what Clinton really thinks about Appalachian coal
CountryWashington Post/Monkey Cage, May 15,
What drives the crackdown on NGOs and how can it be stopped?
opendemocracy.net, April 22, 2016.
Environmental inclusion: A moral imperative and political necessity.
Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 26, 2016
NGOs are great at demanding transparency. They're not so hot at
providing it. Washington Post/Monkey Cage, February 22,
2015 and before
Government contractors as civil society? Stanford Social Innovation
Review, November 9, 2015.
Foreign disentaglement. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall
Unanticipated consequences: Polio and the hunt for Bin Laden.
opendemocracy.com, August 5, 2014
Don't blame the military alone: Women's rights in Pakistan.
opendemocracy.net, August 16, 2013
Misplaced priorities. Global leadership and India's domestic neglect of
human rights. opendemocracy.net, July 9, 2013
Government corruption leads to industrial accidents, not global brands.
opendemocracy.net, May 29, 2013
India rapes show gender inequality persists despite economic growth
Seattle Times, May 4, 2013
Foreign aid to local NGOs: good intentions, bad policy.
opendemocracy.net, May 29, 2013