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The main question shouldn't be whether we spend too much or too little on those programs. Instead, we should ask why we continue to spend vast sums on building new highway capacity - especially when...

Transportation investments such as the construction of new transit lines, bike lanes and passenger rail services aren't always cheap. But in comparison to the nation's nearly half-trillion dollar a year - and rising - bill...

I was chatting with a neighbor’s family visiting from Texas earlier this week, and learned that they were celebrating a momentous event—a new record for 100 degree days in a single year. When I say...

The 10-year time frame for replacing nuclear power with clean energy is focusing the minds of Germany’s political, business and social leaders in a way that a slower or more conditional target would not have....

Would a slightly larger earthquake have caused an emergency situation at North Anna? It's impossible to know. But the fact that the plant apparently shut down safely is not some sort of feather in the...

The United States has just taken another step on the (long) road to reducing our oil dependence with the announcement of the first ever fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

The Virginia earthquake is a reminder that nuclear power plants face unpredictable conditions. As the disaster at Fukushima showed, when extreme conditions mix in unforeseen ways, or are combined with human error, the results can...

The new analysis shows that the Clean Fuel Standard is a winner for the Northeast, with the potential to reduce gasoline and diesel consumption by 12 to 29 percent and deliver net economic savings of...

It’s worth a moment to seek out the bright spots among the clouds … the signs that, despite what you see in the newspaper or on cable news, there’s still hope for our society and...

Government set the standard and companies competed in the free market to see who could meet the standard while delivering the greatest benefit for consumers. Time and again – from refrigerators to cars – government...

Here we are, in the midst of the worst recession since the Great One, at a time of high gas prices, when people are desperately in need of cheap, reliable transportation and are increasingly looking...

Yes, the private sector can bring capital and expertise to high-speed rail projects. But every high-speed rail public-private partnership in the world has required hefty public investment. There is no way that that investment will...

Frontier Group's latest report catalogs the many governments across the world that have taken action to reduce plastic bag pollution, setting a strong example for communities across the United States.

Oil is bad news. It's bad news for the economy, for our national security and for our environment. And as the easy-to-get-to oil is depleted in the U.S. and worldwide, the impact of oil consumption...

As time passes, we are increasingly coming to find out that many of the "reassuring" words from industry and governments worldwide in the wake of the Fukushima accident were just PR spin.

Those who believe there is a place for nuclear power in a climate protection strategy often suggest that there is room for both nuclear power and renewables in the low-carbon electric system of the future....

Today we know more about the scale of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. The accident was worse than either the plant owner or the Japanese government admitted. The risk of further release of radioactive material...

The summertime “dead zones” that form in the nation’s major waterbodies have turned vibrant aquatic ecosystems into barren wastelands. Controlling the nutrient pollution that fuels these dead zones is a key component of water quality...

The Following the Money series of reports has helped create momentum for increased budget transparency in our state. I’ve even been told that the media coverage surrounding the release of the report resulted in a...

The experience in Maryland is more evidence that, when it comes to fighting global warming, developing comprehensive plans is important, but the nitty-gritty work of changing public policy to reduce emissions is much more challenging....

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