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RMI’s latest effort, Reinventing Fire , shows how aggressive implementation of clean energy technologies can move the United States toward complete freedom from fossil fuels by 2050 – well within my kids’ expected lifetimes and...

This past weekend, activists surrounded the White House, calling for President Obama to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Their actions matter. We can stop what's coming.

Massachusetts is expected to add 600,000 senior citizens to its population by 2030 (compared with 2000 figures), with many of those seniors “aging in place” in suburban communities that are difficult to reach with existing...

It’s time to check up on a few items we’ve addressed previously here on the blog that are back in the news this week.

Frontier Group's new report about the potential pitfalls associated with privatizing traffic law enforcement is receiving national media attention.

Why are the desires of what we might call (conservatively) “the 70 percent” of Americans who consistently support stronger environmental protections so often marginalized? It is not because of the efforts of "Republicans" or "Democrats"...

The adoption of a suite of state and local policies could curb U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by more than one-third by 2030 – not enough to prevent dangerous global warming, but still a sizeable down-payment...

Recently, West Virginia created their website, TransparencyWV, along Frontier Group's guidelines. Not only did West Virginia take a big step toward Transparency 2.0 by simply creating TransparencyWV, but the website is actually one of the...

By both of TTI's major measures - delay per driver and Travel Time Index - the average driver experienced less traffic congestion than he or she did at the end of the Clinton administration. Even...

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...

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