David Goldston

David is the director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In that role, he is responsible for NRDC's overall political strategy, bringing together NRDC's interactions with Congress, the Administration, and, through the NRDC Action Fund, the public. He served as chief of staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006, the culmination of more than 20 years on Capitol Hill working primarily on science policy and environmental policy. After leaving Capitol Hill, David was a visiting lecturer at Princeton and Harvard, and a columnist for the journal Nature. He was also the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report "Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy." He has served on several panels at the National Academy of Sciences.

Oil

The House wants to drastically expand offshore drilling

Additional drilling is not a solution to our problems; it is a way to create new ones.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. This week, the House could vote on three bills to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. It is remarkable enough that the House would take up such measures before Congress has done a thing to make drilling safer. But what is truly astounding about these bills is that they would actually make the system that governs offshore drilling weaker than it was before the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This is legislation that should give pause even to …

uneasy riders

The continuing threat of the continuing resolution

No riders, please.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The House yesterday passed a bill to keep the government open for an additional two weeks on a bipartisan basis. The most striking feature of that bill was what it was missing — the Republican leadership dropped all of the anti-environmental exemptions from current law (and all the exemptions from other areas of law) that had been crammed into the full-year Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) two weeks ago. These exemptions are known as “riders” because they ride along on a spending bill even though they have no impact whatsoever on the …

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