About Mike Hower

Mike Hower is a writer, thinker, and strategic communicator most interested in the intersection of sustainable business and policy. Currently based in Washington, D.C., he is a graduate research fellow at The George Washington University, where he is pursing a masters degree in Media & Public Affairs and researching the impact of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) on sustainable development. He is hopelessly addicted to travel and has a borderline unhealthy obsession with his golden retriever, Gerico.
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Americans Turning to Business, Not Government, To Tackle Problems

It’s no secret that the American people are fed up with Congress. Incessant partisan squabbling on Capitol Hill has led to several contrived crises that have diminished faith in Uncle Sam to historic lows. As of July 2014, only 15 percent of the U.S. public approved of the job Congress was doing. While the politicians…
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SCOTUS Upholds EPA Limits to Power Plant GHG Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has seen its fair share of critics since it first proposed new rules requiring large industrial facilities and power plants to limit their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses. In November 2013, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) — an organization with a history of opposing…
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Doubling Down on the American Obesity Epidemic

Salubrious hardly is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), but a recent television commercial advertising one of the chain’s seasonal sandwiches reminded me just how unhealthy the company aspires to be. The 30 second spot shows two skinny “everymen” taking a Snapchat-esque selfie video and lionizing the…
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Perception Problems in the Venezuela Protests

In a recent New York Times op-ed, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro argues “the claims that Venezuela has a deficient democracy and that current protests represent mainstream sentiment are belied by the facts” and “the antigovernment protests are being carried out by people in the wealthier segments of society who seek to reverse the gains of…
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What is Uncle Sam Doing About Hacking?

Three months after hackers leaked information from more than 4.6 million Snapchat users and millions more Target customers’ information was illegally accessed, popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter was recently added to the list of cybercrime victims. Kickstarter did an excellent job of taking responsibility for the leak. In a recent blog post, Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler…
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