Reports on Global Warming

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Global Warming. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit www.PolicyArchive.org. Full archive coming soon.

Methane Gas Leaks: Frequent leaks are resulting in death, injury and other damage to our health and environment

Methane gas - often known as natural gas - has been heating American homes for more than a century, and for over a century it has been prone to leaks that put public health, safety and the environment at risk. Federal data shows that a serious gas pipeline incident occurs somewhere in the U.S. every 40 hours on average. With electric alternatives to gas heating and appliances now available, it's clear that gas has no place in a modern clean energy system.

(June 2022)
Rooftop Solar and the 2021 Texas Power Crisis: Exploring small-scale solar's potential to improve grid resilience during a deep freeze event

In February 2021, Texas' electricity system failed amid a prolonged cold snap - leaving millions of Texans shivering or in the dark. Rooftop solar power, especially if paired with energy storage, could have played an important role in reducing the strain on the Texas grid during the crisis.

(February 2022)
Solar on Superstores: Big roofs, big potential for renewable energy

The wide open, flat, sunny roofs of malls and superstores are perfect locations for solar panels. The U.S. has over 100,000 big retail buildings, with enough solar potential to power almost 8 million homes. Generating renewable energy where we shop is good for the public and for the environment.

(January 2022)
Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future

In 2020, America produced almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2011, with wind and solar producing 11% of our nation’s electricity in 2020, up from 3% in 2011. Virtually every day, there are new developments that increase our ability to produce renewable energy, apply it to a wider range of energy needs, and reduce our overall energy use.

Renewables on the Rise 2021 reviews the progress of states and the nation toward a clean energy system powered by renewable energy and tracks the progress of the key technologies that will make that system a reality. 

(November 2021)
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Local governments make decisions about municipal purchasing, the use of public streets and parking garages, planning and zoning, and other issues that can either make it easier or more difficult for their residents to own an EV and for their cities to transition to clean transportation. By using a set of key tools to encourage EV adoption, local governments can help clean up the air in their communities and take meaningful action against global warming. 

(November 2021)
Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans breathed polluted air in 2020
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Millions of Americans are exposed to unhealthy levels of pollution every year. Ozone and small particulate matter, among other pollutants, are widespread in the U.S. and have serious health effects. This report examines EPA air quality data from 2020 and shows how often Americans living in large urban areas, small urban areas and rural counties were exposed to air pollution that could damage their health.

(October 2021)
Rooftop Solar at Risk: Cuts to net metering could threaten California's solar progress

California’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals depend on steady growth in rooftop solar power. Utilities, however, are pushing for dramatic reductions in compensation to solar customers that could disrupt that growth – cuts similar to those that have triggered dramatic declines in solar installations in other states. To avoid a “solar cliff,” California must learn from those cautionary examples and adopt policies that provide a solid foundation for future growth in rooftop solar.

(July 2021)
We Have the Power: Realizing clean, renewable energy’s potential to power America

Fossil fuels are responsible for a rapidly warming planet, for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year from air pollution, and for untold environmental damage. We Have the Power explores America's potential for a large-scale shift to emission-free energy from the wind, sun and other renewable sources, and how such a shift can solve many of America’s most pressing environmental and public health challenges.

(June 2021)
Cleaner Cars for PA: How the Zero-Emission Vehicle program would cut climate and air pollution in the Keystone State

Pennsylvania recently announced plans to join the Zero-Emission Vehicle program, which reduces transportation emissions by requiring automakers to deploy clean, emission-free vehicles. Transitioning to electric vehicles will improve air quality and public health while helping the commonwealth reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to meet its climate goals.

(May 2021)
Carbon Pricing 101: Strategies to put a price on global warming pollution

Putting a price on carbon pollution should be a central element in any strategy for addressing global warming, the existential challenge of our time. But how does carbon pricing work and what role should it play? How should it be implemented? How should revenues be used? Carbon Pricing 101 addresses these questions and more, and contains key information for charting a course toward carbon neutrality.

(April 2021)

By using a set of key tools to encourage EV adoption, local governments can help clean up the air in their communities and take meaningful action against global warming. The actions of leading EV communities around the state and around the country provide examples for other Texas communities to follow. This toolkit draws from their experiences and provides ideas for local governments on how to accelerate the deployment of electric transportation on our roads.

(April 2021)
Offshore Wind for America: The promise and potential of clean energy off our coasts

The United States currently relies heavily on fossil fuels to heat our homes, fuel our cars, power our machines and produce electricity, harming our health and our climate. But the country is beginning to embrace the promise and potential of renewables. Offshore wind is a massive and underutilized energy resource just off our coasts, and can play a crucial role in moving toward a 100% renewable energy future.

(March 2021)
Renewables on the Rise 2020: A decade of progress toward a clean energy future

Clean energy is sweeping across America. Today, America produces almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and wind as it did in 2010. Renewables on the Rise 2020 tracks the rapid growth of the key clean energy technologies that will enable America to move toward a future of 100% renewable energy.

(October 2020)
Destination: Zero Carbon: Three Strategies to Transform Transportation in America
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In the U.S., transportation is climate enemy number one. America’s transportation system produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of our economy and, on its own, is responsible for 4 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire economies of France and the United Kingdom combined. Destination: Zero Carbon describes the factors underlying America's high transportation emissions, and proposes three goals that can create a path to a clean, efficient, and sustainable transportation future.

(February 2020)
Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathed Polluted Air in 2018

People across America regularly breathe polluted air that increases their risk of premature death, and can also trigger asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts. Trouble in the Air finds hundreds of communities suffered from elevated levels of air pollution in 2018, a problem that will only grow worse as the climate warms. By cutting the emissions that cause air pollution and contribute to global warming, we can protect public health today, while minimizing the warming that threatens our future.

(January 2020)

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