Leon Kolankiewicz

Come to California – Surf, Sand and Smog

By Leon Kolankiewicz
April 23, 2017

America’s most populous state, California, has the most polluted air in the country. While probably not surprising to most, for any who still believe the Golden State is indeed that, the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report released this month will dispel that belief – at least looking at one factor: air quality.

Trump Trashes Environmental Sustainability Twice in Two Weeks

By Leon Kolankiewicz
April 13, 2017
I knew when Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States that he might prove a long-awaited savior to those disillusioned, abandoned Americans who support enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws and, more generally, yearn for an immigration policy that actually serves the interests of rank-and-file Americans over those of illegal immigrants and their enablers, apologists and open-borders zealots.

President Obama’s Environmental Legacy: Mixed and Vulnerable

By Leon Kolankiewicz
December 28, 2016
In his insightful 2015 book, Presidents and the American Environment, environmental historian Otis L. Graham, Jr. lumps President Barack Obama with President George W. Bush as a “wobbly leader” on the environment.

From Spaceship Earth to the Red Planet…In a Spaceship

By Leon Kolankiewicz
November 7, 2016
In a recent article for CNN, President Obama reiterated the grand goal he first set back in 2010 for the United States to send a mission to Mars by the 2030s. 

Book Review of Presidents and the American Environment, by Otis L. Graham, Jr.

By Leon Kolankiewicz
July 6, 2015

Which U.S. presidents largely fought for America’s environment, and which largely fought against it? This is an intriguing question asked and ably answered in the engaging new book Presidents and the American Environment (University Press of Kansas, 2015) by one of America’s leading environmental historians – Dr. Otis L. Graham, Jr., Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a CAPS board member.

How Immigration-Driven Population Growth Turned the Climate President into the Oil President

By Leon Kolankiewicz
September 23, 2014

President Obama, who once decried oil and all fossil fuels as a source of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, has proudly presided over an increase in domestic oil and natural gas production, boasting about “his efforts to further boost production,” wrote Michael T. Klare, professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, in a recent article.

A Perfect Storm at our Southern Border

By Leon Kolankiewicz
June 24, 2014

The crisis that has erupted at our southern border is a direct and all-too-predictable result of the Obama administration’s feckless immigration policies. But there is a deeper cause as well, one for which Republicans and religious conservatives share blame.

Typhoon Haiyan is Harbinger of Worse Calamities Ahead

By Leon Kolankiewicz
November 14, 2013

Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines with some of the highest winds ever recorded in a tropical cyclone (195 mph) and a storm surge two stories high. Sadly, the tragic devastation it wrought on this island nation is an evil harbinger of even worse calamities to come.

California Population Tsunami Overwhelms State’s Climate Goal

By Leon Kolankiewicz
November 8, 2013

This should come as no surprise to anyone with half a brain or the rudimentary mathematical ability it takes to add 2 + 2 and get 4: California’s incessant immigration-fueled population growth will preclude the state from reaching its much-ballyhooed greenhouse gas emission target for the year 2050.

A Biological Holocaust in the Making

By Leon Kolankiewcz
March 11, 2013

As a kid, my second favorite animal was the African elephant. My favorite was the woolly mammoth, which once roamed across our own North America, as well as the steppes of Eurasia.