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If the United States were more like Germany, we would be generating as much as a third of our daily electricity needs from the sun on a typical summer day. We could do this with...

Kudos to the state of Iowa for using a “clawback” provision in its economic development subsidies. Iowa, like many states, gives subsidies to businesses to relocate or expand in the state. In exchange for such...

The London Olympic security debacle serves as a good reminder of the dangers of privatizing public services.

The recent NOAA/Met Office report points – I hope – toward another change, in which climate scientists use the tools at their disposal to answer the questions that are important to people as they confront...

As Massport is discovering – and as thoughtful transportation experts have recognized for decades – riders aren’t the only ones who benefit from transit service. Transit benefits society by reducing pollution, fostering economic growth, and...

Major manufacturers are acknowledging that the era of “cheap oil” is over. The shift from an underlying paradigm of material abundance (“use it up, we’ll get/make more”) to one of resource scarcity is long overdue....

Students at the University of California Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management have created a useful tool to help consumers shopping for a new car evaluate the financial—and environmental—benefits of purchasing a...

We’re seeing change happening across a swath of issues we’re working on, with major implications for the future. This spring we’ve been working to document emerging trends and unpack their meaning to help set a...

Land conservation should not be seen as a “frill” to be put on the back burner when times are tight. Rather, it should be seen as a critical and ongoing component of the work state...

The natural gas industry would like nothing better than for the United States to make a series of investments in infrastructure that will keep us locked into natural gas-dependence for decades – just as we...

Last week, I updated some information I collected in 2008 on health care spending. As expected, the cost of health care has continued to rise and it consumes a larger share of GDP than ever...

The deployment of existing renewable energy technologies, according to the IEA report, is the only thing currently happening at the speed and scale necessary to address the climate challenge.

The Kaiser Family Foundation just released a great new report that documents how the federal Affordable Care Act of 2010 is already reducing the cost of health care for individuals and businesses.

In today’s LA Times, columnist David Lazarus writes about what patients and health care consumers would lose if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, he...

The really interesting numbers, however, are buried within the report. Starting in January, the FHWA has significantly revised its figures for the last several years, meaning that the decline in driving in 2009-11 was even...

The Northeastern states that are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first cap-and-trade program for global warming pollution – have consistently outpaced the rest of the country in both emission...

As our recent report on youth transportation trends demonstrates, the time has come for a fundamental reconsideration of our transportation policies and investment priorities. Increasing the attention we pay toward the needs of walkers is...

The conclusion of the report is clear: if America is going to invest in forms of transportation that serve the needs and preferences of today’s younger Americans, we are going to have to undergo a...

Despite California's exceptionalism in information technology, in Following the Money 2012 - our new report that grades states’ progress toward providing online access to government spending data - California received a D- while Oregon received...

If you're going to stop pollution, you first need to know that the pollution in question exists.

That's the impetus behind one of the most useful tools out there for working to improve the...

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