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Highway Boondoggles

Highways & infrastructure

Highway Boondoggles

Year after year, state and local governments propose billions of dollars’ worth of new and expanded highways that often do little to reduce congestion or address real transportation challenges, while diverting scarce funding from infrastructure repairs and key transportation priorities.

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Methane Gas Leaks

Global warming solutions

Methane Gas Leaks

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.

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The Auto Lemon Index

Consumer alerts

The Auto Lemon Index

For 40 years, California’s landmark auto Lemon Law has offered protection and legal recourse to consumers who purchase seriously defective vehicles. While only a small share of defective vehicles ever end up in court, manufacturers vary widely in the frequency with which their vehicles are the subject of Lemon Law cases.

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Shining Cities 2022
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Solar power

Shining Cities 2022

America’s cities are rapidly expanding their solar power installations, helping move the country towards 100% renewable energy. Our survey of solar energy in cities shows that with supportive policies, every American city can become a “Solar Superstar.”

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Clean Energy Pathways for Texas

Clean energy

Clean Energy Pathways for Texas

Texas cities and counties are setting ambitious climate goals and working to transition away from fossil fuels. What role can renewable energy credits (RECs) play, and what other tools can local governments use in leading the effort to build a cleaner, better energy system?

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Electric School Buses and the Grid
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Electric vehicles

Electric School Buses and the Grid

Electric school buses have established themselves as a clean, reliable, cost-effective alternative to their diesel-powered predecessors. As well as improving our children’s health and reducing air and noise pollution in our communities, however, when equipped with vehicle-to-grid technology, electric school buses can become a critical source of battery storage to provide stability, capacity and emergency power to the grid, and have the potential to play a key role in the transition to a renewable energy grid.

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Shifting Gears

Highways & infrastructure

Shifting Gears

The U.S. system of transportation finance, designed a century ago with the sole purpose of funding the construction of the nation’s highways, is today a major obstacle to a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable transportation system. Addressing the challenges of the 21st century will require a new paradigm for transportation finance – one that charges transportation taxes and fees that reflect the full costs of our transportation choices, and prioritizes projects that deliver the greatest societal benefits.

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Rooftop Solar and the 2021 Texas Power Crisis

Solar power

Rooftop Solar and the 2021 Texas Power Crisis

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.

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Solar on Superstores

Solar power

Solar on Superstores

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.

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The Threat of “Forever Chemicals”
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Toxic threats

The Threat of “Forever Chemicals”

PFAS, or "forever chemicals," are used in non-stick pans, paper products, textiles, firefighting foam, electronics and other products. However, PFAS are dangerous for public health. Nearly indestructible in the environment, PFAS can cause kidney cancer, thyroid disruption, reduced responses to vaccination and other health problems. The Threat of "Forever Chemicals" documents the presence of these chemicals in Maryland and the risk they pose, and recommends steps for Maryland to protect public health and the environment.

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