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.

Wind Power for a Cleaner America: Reducing Global Warming Pollution, Cutting Air Pollution, and Saving Water

Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming, and consume vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water. Wind Power for a Cleaner America documents the environmental benefits that have accrued from America's doubling its use of wind power since the beginning of 2008.

(November 2012)
Alternatives to Oil in the Northeast: How Innovators Are Producing Clean, Local Fuels

Dependence on oil harms the Northeast’s environment and economy. Alternatives to Oil in the Northeast highlights the work of innovators and entrepreneurs who are working to develop the fuels of the future: clean alternatives to oil that are less polluting and can be produced right here in the region. Those efforts can only take root and grow if Northeastern states make a firm policy commitment to integrating clean alternative fuels into our transportation fuel mix.

(November 2012)
When It Rains, It Pours: Global Warming and the Increase in Extreme Precipitation from 1948-2011

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture. This report documents that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms became more frequent and produced more total precipitation across much of the contiguous United States over the past 60 years. An increase in extreme downpours has costly ramifications for the United States, with the potential to cause more flooding that jeopardizes property and lives. With scientists predicting even greater increases in extreme precipitation in the years ahead, the United States and the world must take action to reduce pollution that contributes to global warming.

(July 2012)
Charging Forward: The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and Their Role in Reducing Oil Consumption

America’s reliance on gasoline-powered vehicles has long contributed to air pollution, including global warming emissions, and our nation’s dependence on oil. In the past decade, however, the automobile market has begun to change, integrating new technologies that are dramatically less dependent on gasoline. Hybrid electric vehicles, powered in part by energy stored in a battery, have become increasingly popular. Charging Forward explains how electric vehicles, with zero direct emissions, are emerging as a market-viable alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.

(July 2012)
A Record of Leadership: How Northeastern States Are Cutting Global Warming Pollution and Building a Green Economy

Northeastern states have long been among the nation's leaders in adopting public policies that reduce global warming pollution and spur clean energy development. A Record of Leadership shows that those efforts have helped the region reduce global warming pollution faster than the nation as a whole, while experiencing higher-than-average levels of economic growth.

(April 2012)
What Offshore Wind Means for Maryland: Environmental, Economic and Public Health Benefits Across the State

Maryland has abundant potential for generating electricity from wind by deploying offshore wind farms. What Offshore Wind Means for Maryland explains how investing in offshore wind would provide cleaner air and foster a more vibrant economy for all regions of Maryland, while helping to protect healthy ecosystems for future generations of Marylanders.

(March 2012)
Ohio's Clean Energy Report Card, Year 2: Wind, Solar, and Energy Efficiency on the Rise

Since Ohio's Clean Energy Law was adopted in 2008, the state has made rapid progress at developing wind, solar and energy efficiency. 2010 saw significant progress, as utilities moved ahead with major renewable energy projects and expanded their energy efficiency programs. Still, several utilities fell short of their goals, leaving significant room for improvement in future years.

(March 2012)
In the Path of the Storm: Global Warming, Extreme Weather, and the Impacts of Weather-Related Disasters in the United States

Weather disasters kill or injure hundreds of Americans each year and cause billions of dollars in economic damage. The risks posed by some types of weather-related disasters will likely increase in a warming world. In the Path of the Storm finds that roughly four out of five Americans live in counties that have experienced weather-related disasters since 2006 and calls for action to reduce the threat of extreme weather fueled by global warming.

(February 2012)
Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: How Cutting Pollution Protects New Jersey's Environment, Strenthens the Economy, and Reduces Energy Costs

In 2005, New Jersey joined nine other Northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program designed to clean up global warming pollution from the region's power plants while fueling the transition to a clean energy economy. RGGI has helped launch clean energy projects in New Jersey that are cutting pollution, benefiting energy consumers and creating new economic opportunities. This report outlines the even greater benefits New Jersey can achieve by remaining in the program and working with other Northeastern states to strengthen RGGI in the years ahead

(February 2012)
California's Solar Cities 2012: Leaders in the Race Toward a Clean Energy Future

California’s solar market is thriving. Ten years ago, solar panels atop roofs were a rarity. Today, solar is taking hold in cities across the state, from coastal metropolises to agricultural and industrial hubs in the Central Valley. This report provides a snapshot of the development of California’s solar market partway through the year 2011, quantifying the amount of solar power installed by city and recommending further steps toward a clean energy future

(January 2012)
Building a Brighter Future: California’s Progress Toward a Million Solar Roofs

In early November 2011, California passed the major milestone of installing more than 1,000 megawatts of rooftop solar power capacity -- more than all but five nations in the world. This success is the result of an innovative policy effort, launched in 2007, to make solar technology accessible to everyday Californians. As 2011 winds down, we are approaching the halfway point of this policy initiative. In Building a Solar Future, we take a closer look at the progress the program has achieved.

(November 2011)
Getting Off Oil: A 50-State Roadmap for Curbing Our Dependence on Petroleum

America's dependence on oil inflicts a heavy toll on our environment - harming our air, water and land. And with oil companies now having to go to greater lengths – and take greater risks – to satisfy the world’s demand for oil, the environmental impact of oil consumption will only increase in the years to come. Getting Off Oil describes how the United States can use a combination of local, state and federal policies to curb our consumption of oil for energy by 31 percent by 2030.

(August 2011)
A Program that Works: How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Helping the Northeast Shift to Clean Energy and Reduce Pollution from Fossil Fuels

Ten northeastern states created the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) as a tool to cut global warming pollution and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. In its two years of operation, it has succeeded in promoting clean energy development and demonstrated that a market for global warming pollution allowances can function smoothly. It needs a lower cap on pollution to deliver the cuts in global warming pollution the region needs.

(June 2011)
Too Little, But Not Too Late: Reinvigorating Maryland's Strategy to Curb Global Warming Pollution and Kickstart a Clean Energy Economy

Maryland has committed to reducing its emissions of global warming pollution by 25 percent by 2020 - reducing the state's dependence on fossil fuels and doing its share to prevent the most dangerous impacts of global warming. However, the state is thus far falling behind in taking the actions needed to achieve those emission reductions. Too Little, But Not Too Late tracks the state's progress in curbing global warming pollution and calls for renewed effort to put Maryland on track to a clean energy future.

(June 2011)
The Way Forward on Global Warming: Volume 2: The Vision in Detail

In Volume 2 of The Way Forward on Global Warming, we provide a deeper examination of 30 policy strategies that can reduce America’s emissions of global warming pollution and put the nation on course to a cleaner energy future.

(April 2011)

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