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Rooftop Solar Adoption in Emerging Residential Markets

House with solar panels article icon Issue Brief Rooftop solar is reaching a significant portion of middle-class homeowners in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, but more could be done to further expand access to middle- and low-income households.

By Mari Hernandez | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Keeping Cool in a Hotter United States

sweating manCongress must increase assistance to help low-income households adapt to the hotter weather brought by climate change.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Putting Out the Fire: 3 Reasons Why President Obama’s Proposed Reforms to the Wildfire Budget Are Critical for Our Public Lands

By enacting the president’s recent budget proposal, Congress can provide the Interior Department and the Forest Service with critical funds needed to effectively prevent and fight wildfires.

By Nidhi Thakar | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action

Peruvian boy book_alt2 icon Report Ending poverty and preventing catastrophic climate change is within our reach, especially if countries commit to a new global development agenda that improves livelihoods in ways that support low-carbon and sustainable economic growth.

By Molly Elgin-Cossart, Cathleen Kelly, and Abigail Jones | Thursday, May 8, 2014

Big Oil Wants to Keep Its Tax Breaks Despite Very Profitable Winter

Although they saw $23 billion in first-quarter profits, the big five oil companies continue to receive special help from the federal government.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Miranda Peterson | Monday, May 5, 2014

Rising Seas and Leadership as Senate Commerce Heads to Miami

A field hearing in South Florida on sea-level rise shows increasing vulnerability and stark political division. Local progress is underway, but federal action needs to catch up.

By Kristan Uhlenbrock | Thursday, May 1, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Investments in the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International

Oil&Gas book_alt2 icon Report The growing influence of the oil and gas industry on the NRA, Safari Club International, and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is reshaping the politics, policies, and priorities of American land and wildlife conservation.

By Matt Lee-Ashley | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Trade Implication of U.S. Energy Policy and the Export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True North

book_alt2 icon Report Secretary of State John Kerry needs to make climate change the focus of the Arctic Council and consider both immediate and longer-term goals if he wants to take decisive action upon becoming the Arctic Council chairman in 2015.

By Cathleen Kelly, Michael Conathan, and Vikram Singh | Thursday, April 24, 2014

IPCC Redactions Obscure the Connections Among Income, Emissions, and Responsibility

Working Group IIIFor the sake of climate stabilization, countries should not conceal data relevant to the determination of mitigation responsibilities.

By Gwynne Taraska | Thursday, April 17, 2014

Next Steps to Reduce Methane Emissions from Landfills

Moving grate incineratorThe Obama administration’s recently released methane strategy is the latest step to address climate change, but additional action is required to reduce emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas.

By Matt Kasper | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Comments on Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or FSEIS, for the Keystone XL, or KXL, Pipeline Permit

While the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or FSEIS, acknowledges that the Keystone XL Pipeline would increase carbon pollution if built, it still underestimates the potential larger carbon pollution release and the tremendous impact that it could have on climate change.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5 Steps to Improve Safety and Avoid More Government Waste in King Cove, Alaska

IzembekDecision makers can find common-sense solutions to the important health and safety concerns of King Cove, Alaska, while avoiding more wasted taxpayer spending on a “Road to Nowhere.”

By Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, April 14, 2014

The Obama Administration’s Enthusiasm for Coal Sales Undermines Its Climate Program

coal leasingThe administration’s desire to sell coal leases undermines its promise to fight carbon pollution.

By Tom Kenworthy | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Economic Benefits of Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

article icon Fact Sheet Healthy coastal ecosystems provide critical social and environmental benefits.

By Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, April 9, 2014