Opinion and Comments posts for November 2010
After the Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, Republican strategist Karl Rove told a crowd of oil producers that “climate is gone.” The Chicago Tribune reported that Republican leaders plan to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to block any regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That's to be expected. The Republicans insist that any efforts to reduce GHG emissions would be bad for the economy. What they really mean...
Even when Democrats controlled the House, Senate, and White House, serious legislative efforts to address climate change and reduce GHG emissions could not be enacted. Now that Republican election victories have given that party a majority in the House of Representatives, environmental concerns will be tabled for at least two years. The GOP majority in the House might even block new funding the Obama Administration has initiated for transportation projects and regional planning to...
In a test case that will reverberate nationwide, California voters are about to decide whether the oil industry has the power to block reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private vehicles. The oil industry is the primary supporter of Proposition 23, which would suspend implementation of Assembly Bill 32, which sets GHG emission reduction targets. If big oil succeeds, this success would also seriously undermine implementation of Senate Bill 375, which addresses the...
Andre Shashaty is president of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a nonprofit education and advocacy group based in San Rafael, CA.
He has 33 years experience writing about housing and urban policy, including six years spent covering the U.S. Congress and federal agencies in Washington, D.C., six years in in New York City, and for 15 years, CEO and owner of magazines and conferences on housing and urban policy.
He has written hundreds of articles and commentaries that established him as a thought leader in the housing and community development field.
Shashaty has written articles on housing and community development for major publications, including, to name a few, American Journalism Review, Better Homes & Gardens, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
He is author of the forthcoming book Death of a Dream: The end of 50 years of progress for cities, the rise of the new American slums, and how we can still save our communities.
To arrange an interview with Shashaty on any topic related to housing, community development or sustainability, call Carol Yee at 415-453-2100 x 302.