The city council in Savannah, Georgia, discussed the findings of our report (with Environment America Research & Policy Center) on industrial discharges of toxic chemicals to waterways, including the local Savannah River ... The city council in South Portland, Maine, voted to ban shipments of tar sands oil from the city's port. A previous attempt to bar such shipments was defeated by Big Oil companies following an expensive "astroturf" organizing effort we detailed in a July report ...Tony Dutzik presented our research on weather-related disasters at the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters' international conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction in Boston.
New on the Blog
Tony Dutzik asks whether public transportation should be expensive, cheap or free ... Jeff Inglis writes about new tools that assess the speed and beauty of transportation choices ... Elizabeth Ridlington highlights the mounting evidence of climate damage from natural gas and reviews recent efforts to improve transparency in health care pricing ... Frontier Group's July Update includes news on our latest reports on water pollution and the environmental benefits of electric cars and reviews our June blog series on the ways that narrow issue "silos" constrict creative thinking and action to address social problems.
New Report: Inside the Big Oil Playbook
The battle over a local ballot question to stop the shipment of tar sands oil from the port of South Portland, Maine, is a case study in the tactics used by Big Oil in its efforts to deliver polluting tar sands oil to the world market. Inside the Big Oil Playbook takes a detailed look at the South Portland campaign, highlighting the big money, "astroturf" organizing, and public relations efforts used by Big Oil to narrowly defeat the ballot question, and providing a roadmap that can be of use to citizens in future debates over tar sands pipelines and export facilities. (7/1/14) (Photo: Oil tanker in Casco Bay, Earl Long)
New Report: Childhood Hunger in America's Suburbs
Childhood Hunger in America's Suburbs, produced with Fair Share Education Fund, shows that eligibility for free and reduced-price lunches rose faster in suburban areas than in urban, rural or town communities between 2006-07 and 2010-11. The rise of child poverty in suburban areas means that suburbs increasingly look like the rest of America when it comes to the prevalence of poor children. (8/4/14) (Photo: Fair Share Education Fund)