Rhea Suh

Rhea Suh

Rhea Suh is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks as Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), right, and other Congressional Democrats listen during a news conference Feb. 7. (Photo: Alex Wong / TNS) Views
Monday, April 22, 2019
Three Earth Day Lessons for Green New Deal Activists
In April 1970, about 20 million Americans turned out for the first Earth Day, attending speeches, demonstrations and other community-based events in what the New York Times called “among the most participatory political actions in the nation’s history.” Nearly 50 years on, the movement spawned by...
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Flouting the will of the people, mocking the voices calling for change and anchoring our future to the dirty fuels of the past is a formula for failure. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Senate Rejection of Green New Deal Won't Slow Americans' Desire for Climate Action
The Republican-led Senate is poised to vote down, as early as Tuesday, a resolution laying out the broad ambitions of a Green New Deal, before the Congress, or the country, can even discuss its potential to help fight climate change. There’s more at stake, here, than a resolution. Republican...
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That starts with national policy to move the country deliberately, and without delay, toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. The sooner American climate and clean energy leadership gets back on track, the better―for our nation and for the world. Views
Thursday, September 28, 2017
This Is How We Can Avoid Climate Catastrophe
Two years ago in Paris , the United States, China, and more than 190 other countries agreed to protect our people and our planet from the growing dangers of global climate change , the very dangers we’re seeing now, right before our eyes. We’re seeing the consequences in storms, floodwaters , and...
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
The Undeniable, Commonsense Response to Harvey
As the winds raged and the floodwaters rose in Houston and other Gulf Coast cities last week, the nation rightly focused on the human catastrophe—the lives lost, homes destroyed, and futures upended. In the hard weeks, months, and years to come, we’ll need a national response to assist community-...
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As we’ve seen in past disasters, low-income communities and people of color tend to suffer disproportionate exposure to these dangers, often without receiving adequate care. Proximity to the sources of the contaminants, lack of information, and poor access to protective measures or the resources to just up and leave until the dangers are gone all conspire to make the impacts even more burdensome to these communities. Views
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Hurricane Harvey: Another American Deluge
In just three days, more rain fell on the Texas Gulf Coast than what flows out of the Mississippi River in three full weeks. Tiny Cedar Bayou got 51.9 inches , the most ever measured for a single storm in the continental United States. Hundreds of thousands of people were washed out of their homes...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A Budget That Scorches the Planet
President Trump opened a new front in his assault on our environment and health last week, releasing detailed budget proposals that amount to a scorched-earth campaign—literally and figuratively. The budget calls for draconian cuts in programs that help clean up and protect our air, water, and...
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Friday, April 28, 2017
I'll Be at the Peoples Climate March Because a Threat to the Environment Is a Threat to Public Health
This Saturday, April 29th, tens of thousands of people will gather for the Peoples Climate Movement march in Washington, D.C., to express unwavering support for continued action to combat climate change—and to call for putting the interests of the American people ahead of polluters. In different...
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Standing Up for Our Values in the Age of Trump
Donald Trump opened his presidency Friday with actions directly at odds with American values, job creation, and prosperity—actions at odds even with his own inaugural address . As he vowed to hold companies to account for moving jobs overseas, he and his team began working to free those same...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Solidarity with Standing Rock
Some environmental victories come in the form of a single, decisive moment: the president’s signing of an executive order, for example, or the long-awaited announcement of a jury verdict or Supreme Court decision. Other victories are more incremental: less the result of a moment than a movement,...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant
For years, some have claimed that we can’t fight climate change without nuclear power, because shutting down nuclear plants would mean burning more fossil fuels to generate replacement electricity. That’s wrong, of course, and now we have the proof. Today, California’s Pacific Gas and Electric...
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