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.

The Way Forward on Global Warming: Reducing Carbon Pollution Today and Restoring Momentum for Tomorrow by Promoting Clean Energy

Humanity is running out of time to stop the most dangerous impacts of global warming. But there is still hope. The Way Forward on Global Warming provides a substantive and strategic roadmap for rejuvenating the climate protection movement and achieving concrete reductions in global warming pollution through the pursuit of clean energy policies, mainly at the local and state levels.

(April 2011)
Saving Energy, Growing Jobs: Illinois' Energy Efficiency Industry

Energy efficiency protects Illinois' environment, saves consumers money, and reduces dependence on fossil fuels. It is also sparking the growth of new industries that are potent job creators. Saving Energy, Growing Jobs surveys Illinois' "energy efficiency industry," highlighting the hundreds of companies statewide that are working to put Illinois on track to a cleaner, more energy efficient economy.

(April 2011)
Ohio's Clean Energy Report Card: How Wind, Solar, and Energy Efficiency are Repowering the Buckeye State

Ohio currently generates 85 percent of its electric power from coal, one of the dirtiest energy sources in existence. That makes our state the nation’s second-leading emitter of global warming pollution, costs us $1.5 billion annually on coal imported from other states, and threatens public health and the environment by releasing hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic chemicals into our air each year. Renewable energy and energy efficiency offer better ways to power our state. By decreasing the need for electricity from fossil fuels, these technologies help clean up our air and protect our environment, while also creating new jobs and new investment.

(March 2011)
Catching the Wind: Harnessing the Potential of Offshore Wind Power to Clean Our Air and Create Jobs in Maryland

Offshore wind energy provides a tremendous environmental and economic opportunity for Maryland. Catching the Wind describes how Maryland’s vast offshore wind resource can reduce dependence on coal-fired power plants and help the state meet its renewable energy requirements. It also describes offshore wind's potential to create thousands of jobs in dozens of fields – helping to sustain existing Maryland firms and encouraging the creation of brand-new industries.

(March 2011)
Smart, Clean and Ready to Go: How Solar Water Heating can Reduce Pollution and Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Solar water heating has the potential to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and curb pollution that causes global warming and respiratory problems. By taking advantage of America’s full potential to produce hot water for homes and businesses from solar energy, the nation could reduce natural gas consumption by 2.5 percent and electricity use by nearly one percent, while avoiding 52 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution per year – equivalent to emissions from 13 coal-fired power plants or 9.9 million cars. The United States should take aggressive steps to encourage the installation of solar water heaters on homes and businesses and to promote other solar water heating technologies that can make an even bigger dent in our consumption of fossil fuels.

(March 2011)
Global Warming and Extreme Weather: The Science, The Forecast, and the Impacts on America

Patterns of extreme weather are changing in the United States, and climate science predicts that further changes are in store. Global Warming and Extreme Weather reviews the latest science linking global warming to expected changes in flooding, snowfall, drought, heat waves, wildfires and hurricanes, and highlights recent extreme weather events across the United States that illustrate the costs of inaction on global warming.

(September 2010)
The Nuclear Bailout: President Obama’s high risk gamble on new reactors undermines the fight against global warming

In February 2010, the Obama administration announced that it would help finance two new nuclear reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power station in Georgia, offering an $8.33 billion loan guarantee to Georgia Power (a subsidiary of Southern Company) and two other companies invested in the project. This report concludes that this loan is an expensive gamble. New nuclear reactors are not cheap, not clean, and will set America back in the race against global warming. Most importantly, they are not necessary. Clean energy technologies can begin cutting global warming pollution right away, do so at lower cost and with less risk, and will create more jobs in the process.

(June 2010)
Working with the Sun: How Solar Power Can Protect North Carolina’s Environment and Create New Jobs

Solar power can curb pollution, protecting public health and North Carolina’s environment. It can also drive North Carolina’s economy forward – creating jobs that can’t be outsourced, and launching new companies to manufacture and install solar power equipment. If the state developed its solar resources on a trajectory to supply 14 percent of the state’s electricity consumption by the year 2030, it would prevent the emission of millions of tons of pollution that contributes to global warming and respiratory health problems, save billions of gallons of water, and create more than 28,000 good-paying jobs. To realize these benefits, North Carolina should nurture and expand demand for solar energy while helping to incubate local solar businesses.

(May 2010)
State Leadership and the National Clean Cars Program: Reducing Oil Dependence and Cutting Global Warming Pollution

America’s dependence on oil threatens our economy and harms our environment. The Obama administration unveiled new standards for automobile fuel economy and global warming emissions—based on the “clean cars program” developed by California and adopted by 13 other states—that will make a significant contribution toward reducing America’s dependence on oil and reducing the impact of our vehicles on the environment. The new standards will reduce gasoline consumption by as much as 11.6 billion gallons per year in 2016, save consumers up to $31.8 billion annually at the pump in 2016, and reduce global warming pollution from vehicles by 108 million metric tons per year in 2016.

(April 2010)
Toward a Clean Energy Future: The Vision, the Track Record, and the Challenge Ahead for New Jersey's Leaders

Over the past decade, New Jersey has taken important steps on the road to a clean energy future – conserving energy, reducing our contribution to global warming, protecting our air and water quality and improving public health. However, at the beginning of the new decade, the state’s commitment to a clean energy future is less certain. Dirty energy companies are once again lining up at New Jersey’s doorstep, working to build an experimental coal-fired power plant and new power lines that could increase New Jersey’s global warming footprint. Newly elected Governor Chris Christie has an opportunity to ensure continued progress. By embracing the state’s existing clean energy goals – and by enacting real, concrete policies to make those goals reality – Governor Christie can help the state do its part to stop the worst impacts of global warming and ensure a reliable, affordable electricity supply.

(June 2010)
America on the Move: State Leadership in the Fight Against Global Warming and What it Means for the World

Even during the Bush administration, when the federal government stood in the way of action to address global warming, state governments were taking innovative steps to promote clean energy and reduce global warming pollution. America on the Move shows that those efforts – combined with recent actions taken by the Obama administration – are significant on a global scale, and will reduce global warming pollution in 2020 by more than 500 million metric tons per year. These broad and ambitious efforts by the states are evidence that America is ready to embrace necessary reductions in global warming emissions.

(December 2009)
Generating Failure: How Building Nuclear Power Plants Would Set America Back in the Race Against Global Warming

The nuclear industry has worked tirelessly over the last decade to position itself as a solution to global warming. However, Generating Failure concludes that nuclear power is too slow and too expensive for the job. To do its part in the fight against global warming, America must cut power plant emissions roughly in half over the next 10 years. Building new nuclear reactors could contribute little or nothing to this effort, since only a handful of new reactors — if any — could be operational within the next decade. Meanwhile, building new reactors would cost billions of dollars, diverting resources from more cost-effective energy strategies. Moreover, nuclear power is not necessary to provide clean, carbon-free electricity for the long haul.

(November 2009)
Too Much Pollution: State and National Trends in Global Warming Emissions from 1990 to 2007

For decades, America’s global warming pollution from fossil fuel use has been on the rise. But this trend is starting to change in some states—in part because of the move to clean energy. Too Much Pollution shows that emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading global warming pollutant, increased by 19 percent in the United States from 1990 to 2007. Nationally, the rate of emissions growth has slowed in recent years, and emissions peaked in many states in 2004 and 2005. Seventeen states saw declines in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use between 2004 and 2007.

(October 2009)
Global Warming Solutions: A Progress Report: Policy Options to Reduce Oregon's Contribution to Global Warming

Oregon has already taken several major steps to cut its global warming pollution, but opportunities to further reduce emissions remain. Global Warming Solutions: A Progress Report summarizes the state of the science and the necessary scope of pollution reductions. It then provides a progress report on Oregon’s work to reduce global warming pollution by detailing the expected pollution reductions from policies that Oregon has already adopted, and, finally, identifies six additional policies that would enable Oregon to meet its pollution reduction goals for 2020.

(April 2009)
What's At Stake: How Global Warming Threatens the Buckeye State

Global warming poses a serious threat to the future of Ohio's environment and economy, and the health and welfare of its citizens. Unchecked, global warming could shift Lake Erie's shoreline, deplete fishing stocks, cut forest cover, threaten many economically important species of plants and animals, cause dangerous flooding, and worsen health problems many Ohioans already face. What's At Stake details Ohio's global warming problems and describes policy solutions to help the state avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

(December 2008)

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