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How to Get Things Done in Washington Today

Written by | December 7th, 2011

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While the Super Committee failed to agree on a plan to reduce the nation’s budget deficit, Bob Bendick found proof that government can still produce results that serve the broad interests of the American people.

Two Floods

Written by | May 24th, 2011

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Bob Bendick looks at massive damage in Colombia and the U.S. and wonders why only the developing nation is using science-based risk analysis to prepare for the next flood.

Americans Needed: To Save the Great Outdoors

Written by | February 16th, 2011

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President Obama has put forth a call to protect America’s lands and waters. And now it’s up to communities across the nation to answer–here’s how you can support the effort.

Funding Our Conservation Legacy

Written by | July 27th, 2010

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A source of government funding for state and national parks has been short-changed for 45 years—despite a ready stream of revenue from oil and gas. Can we finally correct this mistake?

Climate Change: It’s All About Risk

Written by | March 4th, 2010

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40 years ago, science described the risks of toxic chemicals for human health — and people and governments acted. So why isn’t the United States now applying risk analysis to climate change?

A New Year’s Tree

Written by | January 1st, 2010

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A four-foot volunteer tree grows on the roof of The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters — is it a metaphor for the future direction of conservation?

White House on Target Heading into Copenhagen

Written by | December 4th, 2009

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I recently published a blog post at the National Journal’s Energy and Environment Expert Blog concerning the Obama administration’s recently announced targets for short-term greenhouse gas emissions targets in the run-up to the UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen. Below is an excerpt from that post. You can read my entire response at the National […]

Putting Conservation Pieces Back Together: The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Written by | October 9th, 2009

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I saw an old map recently that showed that parts of the National Mall here in Washington were once a tidal marsh attached to the Potomac River. I like to imagine places as they were before people plowed them up, filled them in, built cities on them. That marsh must have been beautiful, with great […]

Congressional Fork in the Trail: Lasting Regret or Shared Legacy?

Written by | September 18th, 2009

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The Nature Conservancy submitted written testimony this week to a hearing before the House Committee on Natural Resources on HR 3534, The Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009.  The hearing was held in the committee room along one of the long corridors of the Longworth House Office building.  Secretary of Interior Ken […]

In Washington, It’s Not All Climate All the Time

Written by | August 28th, 2009

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Believe it or not, there are environmental issues other than climate change on the minds — and agendas of — of lawmakers and regulators in Washington. As a commentator for the National Journal Energy and Environment Expert Blog, I was recently asked to weigh in on some of the “back burner issues” currently working through […]

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