Reports on Global Warming

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Global Warming. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit Full archive coming soon.

The Nuclear Bailout: President Obama’s high risk gamble on new reactors undermines the fight against global warming

In February 2010, the Obama administration announced that it would help finance two new nuclear reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power station in Georgia, offering an $8.33 billion loan guarantee to Georgia Power (a subsidiary of Southern Company) and two other companies invested in the project. This report concludes that this loan is an expensive gamble. New nuclear reactors are not cheap, not clean, and will set America back in the race against global warming. Most importantly, they are not necessary. Clean energy technologies can begin cutting global warming pollution right away, do so at lower cost and with less risk, and will create more jobs in the process.

(June 2010)
Working with the Sun: How Solar Power Can Protect North Carolina’s Environment and Create New Jobs

Solar power can curb pollution, protecting public health and North Carolina’s environment. It can also drive North Carolina’s economy forward – creating jobs that can’t be outsourced, and launching new companies to manufacture and install solar power equipment. If the state developed its solar resources on a trajectory to supply 14 percent of the state’s electricity consumption by the year 2030, it would prevent the emission of millions of tons of pollution that contributes to global warming and respiratory health problems, save billions of gallons of water, and create more than 28,000 good-paying jobs. To realize these benefits, North Carolina should nurture and expand demand for solar energy while helping to incubate local solar businesses.

(May 2010)
State Leadership and the National Clean Cars Program: Reducing Oil Dependence and Cutting Global Warming Pollution

America’s dependence on oil threatens our economy and harms our environment. The Obama administration unveiled new standards for automobile fuel economy and global warming emissions—based on the “clean cars program” developed by California and adopted by 13 other states—that will make a significant contribution toward reducing America’s dependence on oil and reducing the impact of our vehicles on the environment. The new standards will reduce gasoline consumption by as much as 11.6 billion gallons per year in 2016, save consumers up to $31.8 billion annually at the pump in 2016, and reduce global warming pollution from vehicles by 108 million metric tons per year in 2016.

(April 2010)
Toward a Clean Energy Future: The Vision, the Track Record, and the Challenge Ahead for New Jersey's Leaders

Over the past decade, New Jersey has taken important steps on the road to a clean energy future – conserving energy, reducing our contribution to global warming, protecting our air and water quality and improving public health. However, at the beginning of the new decade, the state’s commitment to a clean energy future is less certain. Dirty energy companies are once again lining up at New Jersey’s doorstep, working to build an experimental coal-fired power plant and new power lines that could increase New Jersey’s global warming footprint. Newly elected Governor Chris Christie has an opportunity to ensure continued progress. By embracing the state’s existing clean energy goals – and by enacting real, concrete policies to make those goals reality – Governor Christie can help the state do its part to stop the worst impacts of global warming and ensure a reliable, affordable electricity supply.

(June 2010)
America on the Move: State Leadership in the Fight Against Global Warming and What it Means for the World

Even during the Bush administration, when the federal government stood in the way of action to address global warming, state governments were taking innovative steps to promote clean energy and reduce global warming pollution. America on the Move shows that those efforts – combined with recent actions taken by the Obama administration – are significant on a global scale, and will reduce global warming pollution in 2020 by more than 500 million metric tons per year. These broad and ambitious efforts by the states are evidence that America is ready to embrace necessary reductions in global warming emissions.

(December 2009)
Generating Failure: How Building Nuclear Power Plants Would Set America Back in the Race Against Global Warming

The nuclear industry has worked tirelessly over the last decade to position itself as a solution to global warming. However, Generating Failure concludes that nuclear power is too slow and too expensive for the job. To do its part in the fight against global warming, America must cut power plant emissions roughly in half over the next 10 years. Building new nuclear reactors could contribute little or nothing to this effort, since only a handful of new reactors — if any — could be operational within the next decade. Meanwhile, building new reactors would cost billions of dollars, diverting resources from more cost-effective energy strategies. Moreover, nuclear power is not necessary to provide clean, carbon-free electricity for the long haul.

(November 2009)
Too Much Pollution: State and National Trends in Global Warming Emissions from 1990 to 2007

For decades, America’s global warming pollution from fossil fuel use has been on the rise. But this trend is starting to change in some states—in part because of the move to clean energy. Too Much Pollution shows that emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading global warming pollutant, increased by 19 percent in the United States from 1990 to 2007. Nationally, the rate of emissions growth has slowed in recent years, and emissions peaked in many states in 2004 and 2005. Seventeen states saw declines in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use between 2004 and 2007.

(October 2009)
Global Warming Solutions: A Progress Report: Policy Options to Reduce Oregon's Contribution to Global Warming

Oregon has already taken several major steps to cut its global warming pollution, but opportunities to further reduce emissions remain. Global Warming Solutions: A Progress Report summarizes the state of the science and the necessary scope of pollution reductions. It then provides a progress report on Oregon’s work to reduce global warming pollution by detailing the expected pollution reductions from policies that Oregon has already adopted, and, finally, identifies six additional policies that would enable Oregon to meet its pollution reduction goals for 2020.

(April 2009)
What's At Stake: How Global Warming Threatens the Buckeye State

Global warming poses a serious threat to the future of Ohio's environment and economy, and the health and welfare of its citizens. Unchecked, global warming could shift Lake Erie's shoreline, deplete fishing stocks, cut forest cover, threaten many economically important species of plants and animals, cause dangerous flooding, and worsen health problems many Ohioans already face. What's At Stake details Ohio's global warming problems and describes policy solutions to help the state avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

(December 2008)
Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters: The Case for Auctioning Pollution Permits in the Western Climate Initiative

As Western states consider plans to reduce global warming pollution, a key question is whether the region will give away emission allowances created in any “cap-and-trade” program for reducing global warming pollution or sell them in an auction. Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters? lays out the case for auctioning allowances in any Western global warming cap-and-trade system, documenting the economic and environmental benefits of auctions.

(September 2008)
Beyond Oil: The Transportation Fuels That Can Help Reduce Global Warming

The growing threat of global warming, air and water pollution, and rising energy costs are a few of the many problems that result from our current over-reliance on petroleum-based transportation fuels. Alternative transportation fuels, in conjunction with an array of other energy-related strategies, have the potential to help mitigate these problems—if public policy prioritizes those fuels that can deliver the greatest benefit for the environment and the American people.

(July 2008)
Global Warming Solutions that Work: Cutting-Edge Efforts to Curb Global Warming Pollution and the Lessons they Hold for America

The latest climate science suggests that the United States must make deep cuts in its emissions of global warming pollution – on the order of 80 percent by 2050 – if we hope to prevent the worst consequences of global warming. Achieving that target will be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Global Warming Solutions that Work tells the story of cutting-edge efforts throughout the United States and around the world that are cutting global warming pollution and can serve as models for further action.

(June 2008)
Putting the Brakes on Global Warming: How the Clean Cars Program Will Reduce Global Warming Pollution in North Carolina

North Carolina could limit its contribution to global warming over the next 15 years by implementing policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks. Carbon dioxide pollution from cars and light trucks in North Carolina could increase by 12 percent from 2005 to 2020 unless action is taken to reduce emissions. Putting the Brakes on Global Warming finds that by implementing the Clean Cars Program as soon as possible, North Carolina could reduce carbon dioxide pollution from cars and light trucks by 10 percent below the levels that would be achieved under the recently improved federal fuel economy standards by 2020.

(May 2008)
On the Rise: Solar Thermal Power and the Fight Against Global Warming

America needs to dramatically ramp up its production of clean, renewable energy to address global warming. Solar thermal power plants – those that harvest the sun’s heat to generate electricity – can provide that energy. <i>On the Rise</i> shows that solar thermal power is already more cost-effective than zero-carbon sources of energy like nuclear power and coal with carbon sequestration and that solar thermal has the potential to provide vast amounts of round-the-clock electricity to help meet America’s energy needs.

(May 2008)
Falling Behind: New England Must Act Now to Reduce Global Warming Pollution

Recognizing the danger presented by global warming, in 2001 the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers adopted a landmark commitment to reduce the region’s emissions of global warming pollution to 1990 levels by 2010 and to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. An analysis of global warming emission data for 2005, the most recent year available, shows that New England is not on track to meet the targets for global warming pollution reductions set by the New England governors in 2001. However, the good news for New England is that global warming pollution fell slightly from 2004 to 2005—the first year-to-year decrease since 2001—and that several indicators suggest that the decrease in emissions continued and accelerated in 2006.

(March 2008)