Frontier Group Highlights

Gizmodo reports on our study of how superstores across the U.S. could contribute to the clean energy revolution.

Every day, millions of Americans breathe polluted air. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on our analysis in Trouble in the Air

Our report on the rooftop solar potential of big-box stores covered in The Hill.

The Houston Chronicle covers our report Renewables on the Rise, looking at what the rapid growth of renewable energy generation nationwide means for Texas.

The roof-space of big-box stores across the U.S. could house enough solar panels to power almost 8 million homes. The Washington Post takes a look at our recent Solar on Superstores report.

Air quality in southern California is some of the worst in the U.S. The Los Angeles Daily News reports on our analysis in Trouble in the Air.


In parts of the country, the drop in transportation-related emissions due to the stay-at-home orders of 2020 didn't put an end to air quality issues. The Las Vegas Sun looks at our report Trouble in the Air and examines what that meant for Nevada.

The US has the capacity now to build an energy system around renewable resources. Electrek takes a look at our We Have the Power report.

Consumer complaints about digital wallets have skyrocketed as more people have turned to apps to manage their finances. Forbes explored our latest research, and the impact for consumers.

Utility companies are trying to undermine rooftop solar by making it more expensive. Our recent report Blocking Rooftop Solar cited in Popular Science

The Seattle Times reports on our New Life for the Ocean report, describing how marine protection areas can play a critical role in safeguarding vulnerable ocean ecosystems.

Tony Dutzik joined John Stout of U.S. PIRG to write a Business Insider op-ed on why it's so important that Pete Buttigieg's controversial by-the-mile driving tax proposal "has helped to spark a new conversation."

CBS This Morning interviewed Ed Mierzwinski of U.S. PIRG about our joint research into CFPB consumer complaints regarding digital wallets and payment apps.

Tony Dutzik spoke with the New York Times about the commuter tax benefit -- a program that is designed to encourage transit use, yet is far from a perfect solution.

New England has the offshore wind resources to supply its electricity needs many times over. Yahoo News reports on our latest research and describes how offshore wind plans for the region may be about to take off.

InvestigateTV looks into whether U.S. consumers should prepare for a wave of repossessions to sweep the country now that moratoriums are expiring, referencing our recent finding on record auto debt at the beginning of the pandemic.

The New York Times cites our study with U.S. PIRG Education Fund on staff shortages at nursing homes in its report on the heavy burdens faced by the nation's healthcare workers.

Bloomberg Citylab took a deep dive into Highway Boondoggles 6, and the wasteful highway projects that continued to move forward "in a coronavirus-challenged year."

Marketplace cited our study on PPE shortages at nursing homes in describing the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The Miami Herald cited our "Trash in America" report its powerful piece about waste in the time of COVID.

Some of the nation's top states for renewable energy may surprise you: Forbes reports on the findings of Renewables on the Rise 2020.

Reuters described rising consumer complaints about financial products and the CFPB's response, citing our research with U.S. PIRG.

Hurricane Laura is currently causing widespread damage in Louisiana. Frontier Group has produced a variety of resources on hurricane impacts available to those tracking the storm.

Newsweek used data from our Safe for Swimming report to describe water quality, and beach cleanup and monitoring efforts, by state.

Read Safe for Swimming?, our new report on water quality at America's beaches.

Safe for Swimming? reviews sampling data from beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico, finding that all too often our beaches have risky levels of pollution -- and suggests tools for communities and policymakers to make beaches safe, now and for the future.

The Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law, providing permanent funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund. Frontier Group described LWCF benefits in a recent series of reports.

The Associated Press described sources of beach pollution in New Jersey in its coverage of our report, Safe for Swimming?.

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Frontier Group worked with the U.S. PIRG Education Fund on a new report finding that, as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the financial situations of millions of Americans, consumer complaints to the CFPB have spiked to record levels.

Senior policy analyst Tony Dutzik spoke with Streetsblog USA about how to restore balance to a transportation funding system in which drivers pick up less and less of the cost of the roads they use.

Policy analyst R.J. Cross spoke to Streetsblog USA about how the auto industry's loose lending standards promote more driving and more debt, and help perpetuate auto-dependence throughout our transportation system.

As Congress debates a new auto bailout, analyst Gideon Weissman explained in Marketwatch how U.S. automakers failed to live up to their environmental and economic promises following the last bailout, and the lessons for this time around.

Senior Policy Analyst Tony Dutzik moderated a panel on state-level climate policy at the National Shared Mobility Summit.

Gas taxes, tolls and other fees don't come close to covering the cost of roads. Senior policy anlyst Tony Dutzik spoke with Streetsblog to discuss how the U.S. subsidizes car dependence - and why that creates big costs for everyone.

In Florida, where the Trump administration has proposed allowing offshore drilling, the Miami Herald covered our new report describing how drilling off our coasts damages not just ocean habitats, but onshore environments and communities too.

Vox describes the laws that let dealerships sell potentially dangerous used cars, following our finding that 1 in 9 surveyed used vehicles sold at Autonation contain unrepaired safety recalls.

What are the pitfalls and opportunities for electrifying transit bus fleets? Reuters takes a look, in its coverage of our new electric buses report.

Analyst R.J. Cross spoke with news outlets about new financial transparency efforts from states like Oklahoma, Maryland and Idaho.

Senior policy analyst Tony Dutzik helped The New York Times answer a question: What would happen if everybody in the United States cut back on driving?

In its coverage of Safe for Swimming?, our new report on beach water quality, the Boston Globe describes infrastructure improvements that Massachusetts can make to reduce sewer and stormwater pollution, and to keep beaches safe.

What is the true value of solar? An op-ed in Greentech Media discusses our new report, which makes the case that policymakers should account for the full value of solar energy, including societal benefits to the environment and public health.

How can communities build a successful composting program to reduce waste and curb emissions? Waste360 described recommendations from Frontier Group's June report, Composting in America.

From Houston, Texas, to Portland, Oregon, to Harrisonburg, Virginia, news reports provided local perspective on the wasteful highway projects included in Highway Boondoggles 5.

Policy Analyst R.J. Cross spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about how America's deepening auto debt is connected to public policies that encourage car dependence.

Following the release of Debit Cards on Campus, Wells Fargo announced that it would eliminate some fees on its campus debit cards.

From Denver to San Antonio, reporters around the country explored the city rankings of Shining Cities 2019.

For the release of Ready to Charge, a San Diego Tribune reporter took a ride in an EV to discuss the obstacles to EV charging.

Analyst R.J. Cross spoke to Marketplace about the dangers of rising auto debt for consumers and the link to America's car-dependent transportation system. 

Analyst R.J. Cross commented on Maine's transparency website for the Washington Time's analysis of the transparency legacy of outgoing Governor Paul LePage.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Frontier Group's analysis of bacteria in Texas waterways was covered in outlets including Newsweek, the Houston Chronicle, and the San Antonio Express-News.

Senior policy analyst Tony Dutzik published an essay on the future of Boston's transportation system for WBUR's Cognoscenti.

The New York Times used coal ash data aggregated by Frontier Group in its overview of toxic threats in the path of Hurricane Florence.

Frontier Group produced and aggregated resources on toxic and risky sites in the paths of Hurricanes Florence and Michael that may be useful to the public, the media and policy-makers.

An AP story reported on the finding from Trouble in the Air that the Las Vegas area had 145 days of poor air quality in 2016. 

In a CNN opinion piece, policy analyst Alana Miller described the threat of oil and gas drilling to one of America's iconic natural areas: Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

Florida canceled plans to add toll roads along Interstate 275 in Tampa, a project that we highlighted as a "highway boondoggle" in our 2016 report.

Our new report on the environmental benefits of electric buses was covered by the Washington Post and Associated Press.

Our latest Following the Money report sparked editorials calling for more government transparency in states including West Virginia and Rhode Island.

The Washington Post reported on one of the new 2018 highway boondoggles: Maryland's $9 billion "Traffic Relief Plan."

Frontier Group's report arguing that U.S. cities need to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure for the future was covered in the Dallas Morning News.

The Portland Business Journal covered our report on the potential benefits of increasing health care price transparency in Oregon.

The Denver Post provided coverage of our Troubled Waters report, which found that in recent years dozens of facilities in Colorado have violated the Clean Water Act and polluted waterways with dangerous bacteria and chemicals.

Senior Policy Analyst Tony Dutzik moderated a panel at the Shared Mobility Summit on the role of shared mobility in moving the nation toward carbon-free transportation.

Wind Power to Spare was covered in a Think Progress piece detailing the enormous potential for Atlantic offshore wind to supply clean energy to the East Coast.

How can America meet its 21st century infrastructure needs? CNN published an op-ed by Tony Dutzik explaining where to start.

Frontier Group hosted a webinar for the release of our report on the role of energy storage in repowering the country with clean energy.

Business Insider's report on $35 tolls in Washington, D.C., cited Who Pays for Roads on the inability of user fees to cover highway costs.

Following the Money was cited in a Morningstar report on transparency at the Port of Houston special district, which we gave the nation's top ranking for online financial transparency.

Frontier Group and TransitCenter produced a report on the $7 billion federal tax subsidy that worsens traffic congestions in big American cities.

Frontier Group produced a series of factsheets detailing hazardous waste and other pollution threats resulting from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

CNN Money highlighted a map of credit freeze fees created by Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG.

Our report on CarMax selling vehicles with recalled parts was covered by CBS News.

CNBC created five charts highlighting data from our report on financial complaints by older consumers.

Growing Greener, our report on the environmental benefits of compact development in Austin, was covered in Bloomberg.