EPA cuts hurt US edge on climate change, environment

According to reports, Trump’s administration may issue executive orders this week to reduce the scope of climate change policy within the EPA, including energy-specific measures that may offer disincentives for renewables. Two Cornell University experts on global and regional impact of climate change explain the dangers of cuts to environmental policies. ——– David Wolfe: Renewable […]

Pro-fracking Pruitt ‘shocking’ choice for EPA head

Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University and faculty fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, has studied global warming for 40 years, particularly the impact of methane gas emissions on the environment. He says as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt must discontinue his promotion of fossil fuel […]

$10.2 billion environmental fine clears cloud hanging over Volkswagen

Arthur Wheaton, an automotive industry specialist at Cornell University’s ILR School, comments on the possibility that Volkswagen will pay $10.2 billion to settle emission claims.  Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “The fine for EPA violations are $37,500 per vehicle and that can be doubled since Volkswagen knowingly and willfully violated the rules. So the total […]

Volkswagen needs to settle its biggest and most difficult case

Art Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says reaching a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be difficult, but is critical for the company. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “Volkswagen could face a maximum of $46 billion in EPA emission fines for 580,000 […]