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Drive Clean and Save: Electric Vehicles Are a Good Deal for California Consumers and the Environment

Electric vehicles (EVs) are clean, fun to drive, never require a stop at the gas station, and are a key part of California’s strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, the state’s biggest source of climate-altering pollution. Today’s mass-market battery electric vehicles are also a good deal and will likely save money for consumers compared to similar gasoline-powered vehicles. 

(July 2016)
A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System without Carbon Pollution

New technologies, new tools and emerging social trends make it easier than ever before to envision how America might transform its transportation system to one with little to no impact on the climate. With America facing an urgent imperative to eliminate carbon pollution to meet the terms of the Paris climate agreement, now is the time for action. Our report, A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System without Carbon Pollution, makes the case that America has the tools and strategies it needs to eliminate carbon pollution from urban, light-duty transportation by 2050.

(May 2016)
Fracking by the Numbers: The Damage to Our Water, Land and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling

Fracking has led to tremendous environmental harm and put the health and safety of communities across the country at risk. Since 2005, according to industry and state data, at least 137,000 fracking wells have been drilled or permitted in more than 20 states. Fracking by the Numbers quantifies some of the key environmental and public health-related impacts triggered by fracking during the technology’s decade-long spread across the country, including water and chemicals used, wastewater production, methane emissions, and land disturbed.

(April 2016)
Following the Money 2016: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

State governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Public accountability helps ensure that state funds are spent as wisely as possible. Following the Money 2016 is the seventh annual evaluation of state transparency websites. It finds that states continue to make progress toward comprehensive, one-stop, one-click transparency and accountability for state government spending.

(April 2016)
Shining Cities 2016: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Shining Cities: How Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, the third edition of our series ranking cities by installed solar PV capacity, shows that the cities with thriving solar markets are those with smart policies that make solar energy both accessible and affordable to their residents.

(April 2016)