New on the Blog
- As the fossil-fuel boom slows, it's leaving behind a big mess. Who will pay to clean it up?
- It will take new, provocative - and careful - thinking to reform our gas tax and transportation funding system.
- We learn from polling about transportation taxation and spending priorities that starting over from scratch may not be such a bad idea.
- Overuse of antibiotics on factory farms threatens animal health - in addition to raising well-known human health concerns.
- Preserving the existing cap on MBTA transit fares protects consumers, the environment and society at large.
New Report: Path to the Paris Climate Conference
The United States is responsible for more climate-changing pollution in the atmosphere than any other country. As the fight to avoid the worst effects of global warming intensifies, Path to the Paris Climate Conference shows that American pollution-cutting efforts are setting an example for the world. Deeper cuts are needed at home and abroad, but by fully implementing policies already enacted at the state and federal levels – including the Clean Power Plan, the first national policy to limit climate pollution from power plants – the U.S. can prevent as much as 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution annually by 2025. (6/2015) (Photo credit: Numismarty/iStockPhoto.com)
New Report: Shining Rewards
Net energy metering has been instrumental in the rapid growth of solar energy in the United States, making it more affordable for people to “go solar” and enabling solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits they provide to other users of the electricity grid and to society at large. The 11 studies reviewed in Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society demonstrate that the value created by solar energy – in avoided energy losses, reduced need for capital investment in the grid and reduced greenhouse gas emissions – is often higher than the compensation solar panel owners earn through net metering. (6/2015) (Photo credit: New Orleans, Gulf Coast Solar).