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Lay of the Land: In the leadup to the midterm congressional transition, we look at developments and opportunities across various issue areas:
- The United States deserves its reputation for being slow to fight global warming, but local, state and federal policies are still making an enormous difference.
- The public and regulators need to stand up to fossil fuel companies and fight for policies that continue - and boost - America's rapid growth in solar power generation.
- Cleaning up America's waterways, increasing water efficiency, and strengthening environmental enforcement efforts are crucial to protecting our precious water.
- It is time for a national food policy, boosting local agriculture, limiting antibiotics use, and better informing customers about what is in their food.
- America needs to have a serious conversation about transportation, including our priorities for public health, global warming, economic opportunity and quality of life.
- Coming soon: health care, government transparency, and more.
New Report: Star Power
America could meet its energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy that strikes the nation every day in the form of sunlight. With solar installation costs falling, the efficiency of solar cells rising, and the threats of air pollution and global warming ever-looming, solar power is becoming a more attractive and widespread source of energy every day. Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in America challenges our local, state and federal government officials to set strong goals and implement pro-solar policies to spur America to meet at least 10 percent of our nation’s electricity needs with solar power by 2030. (11/20/14)
New Report: Trouble in Toyland
U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s annual survey of toy safety, Trouble in Toyland, conducted with Frontier Group, calls attention to dangerous toys on the market today, including those containing toxic substances; made with parts or materials that increase the risk of a child choking; and with components that can cause physical harm to kids. It suggests ways regulators can continue to improve safety of toys, and offers steps parents can take to protect their children from potential hazards. (12/1/14) (Photo: Darren Brode, Shutterstock)