Michael Green

Ending the Toxic Shell Game

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) held a gala celebration this past October 24 to mark our 15th anniversary of protecting children and families from harmful chemicals in our food, air, water and consumer products. I was honored and humbled at the support of more than 250 guests who attended the event, which was introduced…

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I Think That I Shall Never See, Greenwashing Lovely as a Tree

While waiting for my new tires at a local shop recently, the clerk handed me a beautiful card with an image of a lovely spruce tree, offering me the chance to “Get a quote, plant a tree.” Just for a little more urgency, the card also said “Limited Time Offer.” At the bottom, it had…

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How Art Thou Wrong, Ms. Northup? Let Me Count the Ways

In my recent letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, I responded to Ann Northup, a commissioner of the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), who wrote a misleading editorial in The Journal, opposing new federal legislation that protects children from lead in toys and other consumer products. Why would a government official…

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Putting Children’s Products to the (Lead) Test

I recently spoke to a group of business leaders from the apparel industry, many of whom make children’s clothes and other kids’ products. Many small businesses that make children’s products are concerned about implementation of a new federal law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which sets strict limits on lead and phthalates in…

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Van Jones' Resignation: What it Means

What Happened: President Obama’s election inspired Progressives who have ground our teeth while the Bush Administration worked to dismantle everything that we believe government should be for.  For environmentalists, many of us were especially excited when Van Jones went to the White House. But this article is not about Van Jones. It’s about how to…

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