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Ben & Jerry’s: Why Brands Taking Stands is Smart Business

Few brands are as famous for their social activism than Ben & Jerry’s. The Vermont ice cream maker with global revenues of more than $1.2 billion (2015) is as much known for its social conscience as for its creamy, irresistible ice cream flavors. Pick a flavor and chances are you’ll walk away with more than just a good feeling in your tummy: You’ll feel you’re making a statement.

Arkema Chemical Plant Explosion Shows Downsides to EPA Cuts

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been having a tough time promoting his plans to cut EPA regulations. First an appeals court squashed his plans to delay enforcement of the Methane Rule. Then there was Hurricane Harvey and the collapse of the Arkema plant. Now he has a list of complex questions to answer for homework about just how his agency plans to protect Americans from environmental disasters.

Renewable Fuel Standard Ready for an Overhaul?

A coalition of environment groups has urged the federal government to enact more cuts in biofuels production, as they claim the environmental promises promised by the Renewable Fuel Standard have failed to materialize 10 years after the program launched.

Trump Risks Larger Revolt From the Business Community if DACA Revoked

If the Trump Administration rolls back DACA and starts deporting 700,000 students and workers, the White House could face a louder revolt from the business community – which has a vested interest in allowing these people to stay and contribute to society and the U.S. economy.

Mexico Tells Trump It Won’t Pay for Wall, Will Help Harvey Victims

This weekend, as Texas towns were being pummeled by Hurricane Harvey, President Trump sent out another deriding tweet about Mexico with assurance that the neighbors down south would pay for a wall. The answer he got back may not be what he expected, but it has reaffirmed that when it comes to natural disasters and suffering populations, neighbors can be counted on to help.

Hurricane Harvey – a Tragic Yet Teachable Moment

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is of biblical proportions, and we mourn the loss of lives and livelihoods that it has caused. Still, there are valuable takeaways from it, and here are 10 that we should take to our city departments and city councils immediately:

Trump Reversal of Flood Risk Standards Will Hurt Communities Like Houston

Trump insists that rescinding the Obama-era Flood Risk Standards will speed up construction and save communities money. But experts familiar with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Ike say that nixing standards that require climate change to be considered in how cities are built (or rebuilt) will set communities up for a world of hurt.

Sanctions on Venezuela Exempt Citgo — U.S. Energy Portfolio at Risk

Citgo, the American oil company owned by the government of Venezuela, has been granted an exemption from recent U.S. sanctions by the Trump White House. The administration claims Citgo cannot transfer profits to its Venezuelan parent, but it turns out lobbying may have had something to do with giving the company a pass.

Concrete Jungle Exacerbates Houston Flooding

Hurricane Harvey and climate change are being blamed for Houston’s unprecedented flooding this weekend. But experts point out that the volume of rain — 12 trillion gallons — that deluged the city wasn’t really the problem. It was the lack of planning for predictable increased flooding.

Welcome to Fort NOx: Diesel Industry Braces For Impact

Automakers and other diesel stakeholders failed to come up with a groundbreaking solution to diesel’s local air pollution issue at the recent Diesel Summit in Berlin. Absent an industry solution, they make be stuck with whatever policy-makers decide.