The Boston water crisis - while far smaller in scale and impact than the Gulf oil spill - is a perfect example of why worst-case scenario planning is so important.

This is exactly the kind of disaster environmentalists have warned about for decades – a disaster that the oil industry has repeatedly told the public was virtually impossible. And it is occurring as we speak.

The ability to see how the government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy - it allows citizens to monitor spending and hold elected officials accountable. Over the past five years, at least 32 states have mandated the creation of online databases that contain “checkbook-level” information on government expenditures, allowing citizens to monitor government spending in a way unheard of just a short time ago.

Happy Earth Day! To mark the occasion we have a sinking oil rig off the coast of Louisiana that is leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico, following an explosion that may have cost as many as 11 lives.

If we’re going to solve global warming, we need all the good ideas we can get. And there is no better place to try those ideas out than in the “laboratories of democracy”: the states.

It is untrue that global warming pollution and economic growth move in lockstep. It is possible to grow the economy while producing less pollution.

A host of studies, including a recent one by the National Academy of Sciences, have shown that there are plenty of cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in America's existing buildings, enough to slash energy consumption by 30 percent or more.

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced new fuel economy and emission standards for cars and light trucks that represent a huge leap forward in reducing our dependence on oil and cutting global warming pollution. This progress wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of advocates and states across the country.

Despite passage of new federal health care legislation, the nation will still need to address the problem of health care expenses that have been increasing faster than wages and that are consuming a larger share of GDP each year.

It doesn't take too much sleuthing into the scientific record to find out that global warming is expected to lead to exactly the set of changes that buried D.C. in snow and are even now putting the homes of thousands of New Englanders at risk.

Two closely related efforts this month are drawing attention to the fact that cheap housing in far-off exurbia isn't as cheap as it seems - and that compact neighborhoods with good access to transit aren't as expensive as they look.

There's an old myth about solar energy that it is always "five years away."No longer. Solar energy is here, and it's ready to make a big contribution to America's energy future.

Most people who work in green jobs don't work in "GREEN JOBS." They work in regular jobs that benefit from investment in clean energy technologies.

Efficient passenger rail service is a clear winner of an investment: it is more energy efficient, less damaging to the environment, eases our dependence on oil, and can help support more sustainable patterns of development.

Fiscal conservatives and clean energy advocates agree that loan guarantees for new nuclear reactors are a waste of taxpayer money. Frontier Group research contributes to an opinion editorial by Environment America's Anna Aurilio in the Washington Times.

General Motors announced last week that it will be adding 180 new jobs building electric motors at its facility in White Marsh, Maryland, an indirect result of stronger vehicle emission standards adopted by the Obama Administration in 2009, and a major change for GM.

The Obama Administration today announced the recipients of $8 billion in high-speed rail funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The awards represent a major leap forward in federal investment in our long-neglected passenger rail system.

In 2009, the nation installed nearly 10 gigawatts of wind energy capacity, an increase from 2008 despite an economic downturn that took a bite out of electricity consumption. To put that number in perspective, the U.S. installed more wind power in the last 12 months than the total amount of wind power in operation at the end of 2005.

America can't slash global warming pollution without reducing emissions from vehicles. And we won't be able to reduce emissions from vehicles if we continue to house our growing population in sprawling developments in which you need to drive a half-mile just to buy a quart of milk - developments that also consume vast amounts of forests and farms across the country.

Not too long ago, those who predicted that we'd soon have millions of gasoline-free electric vehicles on the road risked being called wild-eyed dreamers. Now, we're the pessimists.


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