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: Driving Cleaner
Increasing the use of electric vehicles – especially those powered by clean, renewable sources of electricity – can protect the climate and help America get off oil. Driving Cleaner estimates that in 2025, widespread use of electric vehicles, coupled with a cleaner electricity grid, could reduce global warming pollution by 18.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, compared to conventional vehicles. (6/23/14) (Photo: Tom Wang/Shutterstock)