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In the last ten years, the threat of toxic pollution from uranium mining has rapidly encroached upon the Grand Canyon, one of our greatest national treasures. Fortunately, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has just announced that the Obama Administration will place a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining on 1 million acres of land around the rim of the canyon.
The solar industry was the nation’s fastest-growing industry in 2010 and appears poised for continued growth … so long as the policy support that has helped nurture the industry in places like California remains intact.
In Maryland, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has just moved to get one of the country’s most ambitious energy efficiency programs back on track.
Maryland produces roughly 300 million chickens annually, more than 50 chickens per Maryland resident. Those chickens produce hundreds of thousands of tons of manure and waste each year. If those 300 million chickens were raised on small farms scattered throughout the state, perhaps all their manure could be usefully applied as fertilizer to cropland.
From city halls to Capitol Hill, Frontier Group’s research lent critical support to campaigns on issues ranging from government accountability to global warming, while also helping to lay the factual and intellectual foundation for even more ambitious efforts in the years ahead.
At a time when people were hungry for any credible information about what was happening at Fukushima, the reassuring words of a Ph.D. associated with a major research university appeared to fill that gap.
At the turn of the 21st century, Houston’s leaders are working to secure the city’s continued global energy leadership by tapping a new resource: clean energy.
A great television news clip covers our recent report on California's progress toward building a million solar roofs.
The commitment that Maryland made in 2008 to invest in energy efficiency is starting to pay off. Lower electricity use and lower peak demand have begun to save money for consumers and spurred local economic activity. A Smart Solution explains how consumers will spend $60 million less per year on their power bills as a result of recent energy efficiency investments, and how local businesses have benefited from investments in efficiency.
If adopted, yesterday’s proposal by the Obama administration to strengthen fuel economy and global warming standards for cars and light trucks will be the nation’s biggest effort yet to reduce global warming pollution and oil dependence. This progress is testament to the power of state-level action to protect the environment.
In 2011, environmental health advocates are poised to win a major victory -- requiring coal- and oil-fired power plants to clean up their toxic pollution. Our newest report looks at how the new standards will protect public health from dangerous mercury emissions.
New Jersey receives the benefits of a small peaking power plant without having to use a single square inch of land or create any additional air pollution, and the solar panels will continue to generate power for years to come, without adding to the Garden State’s dependence on fossil fuels.
California is successfully building a brighter future by making solar power into a commonplace and affordable energy resource. Our newest report celebrates how far we have come.
RMI’s latest effort, Reinventing Fire, shows how aggressive implementation of clean energy technologies can move the United States toward complete freedom from fossil fuels by 2050 – well within my kids’ expected lifetimes and possibly (if I’m lucky) my own.
This past weekend, activists surrounded the White House, calling for President Obama to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Their actions matter. We can stop what's coming.
Massachusetts is expected to add 600,000 senior citizens to its population by 2030 (compared with 2000 figures), with many of those seniors “aging in place” in suburban communities that are difficult to reach with existing transit services. Demand for transit service is already on the rise, with significant increases in ridership in recent years.
It’s time to check up on a few items we’ve addressed previously here on the blog that are back in the news this week.
Frontier Group's new report about the potential pitfalls associated with privatizing traffic law enforcement is receiving national media attention.
Why are the desires of what we might call (conservatively) “the 70 percent” of Americans who consistently support stronger environmental protections so often marginalized? It is not because of the efforts of "Republicans" or "Democrats" - rather, it is because of the pervasive power of special interests who benefit financially from their ability to pollute without consequence.
The adoption of a suite of state and local policies could curb U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by more than one-third by 2030 – not enough to prevent dangerous global warming, but still a sizeable down-payment on the emission reductions science tells us we need to achieve.