Richard W. Emory, Jr.


The Environmental Issues Group held its first meeting of the new year on January 4, 2020. Richard Emory, an EIG member and author of the recently published book, Fighting Pollution and Climate Change: An EPA Veteran’s Guide How to Join in Saving Our Life on Planet Earth, introduced his book to the group and briefly reviewed his EPA career.


As a long-time pollution fighter, Richard served from 1980 to 2011 in the Headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.  He worked internationally from 1994 to 2011, providing foreign assistance to other countries. He was educated at Yale University and Harvard Law School.


Inside the EPA, scientists clearly saw climate change as a potentially horrific problem. Since 2017, U.S. tools of pollution control have been disassembled or left unused. However, climate change is on the national agenda for the first time in the 2020 Presidential election.


Climate change is an air-pollution problem like others already successfully resolved or at least effectively addressed, many nationally and some internationally. In recent decades, new technologies have proven effective, affordable, safe, and climate-friendly. This book displays the tools, policies, and laws needed to apply them.


This may be the first book written by an EPA insider who, working both at home and abroad, has confronted and can tell us what both our nation and our planet are facing and what must be done. The book covers science, law, technology, engineering, economics, history, policy, and governance both domestic and international.


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Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group, January 15, 2020