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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.
This morning, the New York Times editorial page took notice of our recent report, America on the Move , citing the pioneering clean energy work of cities and states.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is out this morning with a sneak preview of its forecast for U.S. energy use through 2035. There's a fair amount of (relative) good news in the forecast, but also some troubling observations.
Our new report, America on the Move: State Leadership in the Fight Against Global Warming and What it Means for the World, shows that while America is far from doing what is necessary on global warming, we are taking meaningful, concrete steps in the right direction. To strain the marathon analogy a bit, we may not be leading the race yet, but at least we're off the couch and lacing up our sneakers.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times ran an editorial labeling nuclear power as "a failed experiment of the past, not an answer for the future." The editorial fully agrees with the conclusions of our recent report, Generating Failure, that building new reactors would actually set America back in the race against global warming. In fact, we couldn't have said it better ourselves. Read the full editorial below.
The private operators of Chicago's parking meter system are bringing in $1.1 million in revenue every week. That's a lot of quarters. So many, in fact, that analysts are yet again questioning whether Chicago got its money's worth when it signed a 75-year lease for its system of 36,000 parking meters with a Morgan Stanley-led consortium.
The continued degradation of America’s waterways by industrial pollution – and the unwillingness of the state and federal governments to take the necessary action to stop it – is one of the great “hidden in plain sight” problems of our time.