In much of America, owning a car is the price of admission to society. Owning a car is also expensive, and drives millions of households to take on debt. Americans currently owe more for their cars than ever before, leaving millions of Americans financially vulnerable – especially in the event of an economic downturn. The rise in auto debt since the Great Recession has implications not only for consumers who take out car loans, but for the economy and transportation system as a whole.

 This President’s Day weekend, auto dealers will once again try to lure Americans into showrooms, hoping to attract them with holiday deals. After the Great Recession, the federal government made a series of policy decisions to stoke the U.S. economy that also lured Americans into showrooms – driving us to take on debt, and making us more dependent on our cars than ever.

R.J. Cross

After 20 years in Columbia, Maryland, my partner's mom recently accepted a job offer in Jackson, Mississippi, and made the move. When she got there, however, there was one thing she didn’t expect: the water in Jackson violates safe drinking standards. 

Trevor Stankiewicz

Late last year, I took a trip with a friend to watch the demolition of the retired Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts. As we watched from across the Connecticut River, I was struck by how close the power plant sat to the banks of a river that’s so important to the region where I’ve always lived.

Gideon Weissman

Our work with U.S. PIRG on Highway Boondoggles was highlighted by TransitCenter's Steven Higadishe in his opinion piece for The Hill, which links transportation and climate change.

Forbes referenced findings from Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG's 2018 report on debt collection.

Policy analyst Rachel Cross commented on Maine's transparency website for the Washington Time's analysis of the transparency legacy of outgoing Governor Paul LePage.

Our report Solar Homes found that installing solar energy on all new home construction could triple U.S. solar capacity by 2045. The report was convered by CleanTechnica and cited in UtilityDive's analysis of California's new solar homes policy.

Every two years, Frontier Group analysts take a step back to review the “lay of the land” on their issue areas, including transportation, global warming and conservation. Our 2019 series is available here.

In December 2018, Frontier Group and Environment America hosted a webinar with RGGI, Inc. Chairman Ben Grumbles to release From Pollution to Solutions, a discussion of how to maximize clean energy progress from state carbon-pricing investments.