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Summertime, and the Livin’ Is Easy—If You’re Big Oil

gas pumpThe big five oil companies continue earning huge profits—more than $25 billion in the second quarter—yet they receive billions of dollars in unnecessary and unwarranted tax breaks.

By Danielle Baussan, Miranda Peterson, and Bineh Ndefru | Friday, August 1, 2014

Federal Coal Leasing in the Powder River Basin

Powder River Basin article icon Issue Brief Why the federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin is costing taxpayers billions of dollars in lost revenue and pollution costs.

By Nidhi Thakar and Michael Madowitz | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How Leaving RGGI Leaves New Jersey Behind

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) addresses a gathering at a town hall meeting Giving up his plot to leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would be a relatively simple and effective way for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to implement proposed carbon-pollution limits while strengthening New Jersey’s health and economy.

By Danielle Baussan | Thursday, July 24, 2014

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

By Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Video Series: A Brighter Future for India

play_alt icon Video This video series documents how solar power has the potential to improve livelihoods, health, and the environment while avoiding the need for the costly grid expansion that is a distant reality for many.

By Andrew Satter and Rebecca Lefton | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Electricity Without the Grid

EnergyDistributed electric generation is a vital tool in the fight against energy poverty around the world.

By Ben Bovarnick and Eliza Dach | Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Concept and Potential of Adaptation Markets

A staff member works on an experimental green roof at the University of Vermont article icon Issue Brief The idea of adaptation markets is relatively new and unfamiliar, but they could be valuable tools to build resilience to the effects of climate change.

By Gwynne Taraska | Thursday, July 10, 2014

4 Ways World Leaders Can Win at the Climate Leaders Summit

Children walk through pollution in Shijiazhuang, China.This summer and fall, world leaders have an opportunity to embrace four cost-effective strategies to drive sustainable and low-carbon economic growth and lay the groundwork for a strong global climate deal in 2015.

By Cathleen Kelly and Hayden Brown | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Primer on Beijing’s Slice-and-Dice Approach to Energy and Climate Reform

S&ED article icon Issue Brief Chinese leaders are unleashing a wave of new policies that fast track energy and emission reforms in select urban areas while laying the foundation for a more gradual shift nationwide.

By Melanie Hart | Monday, July 7, 2014

How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on "How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel."

By Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, June 30, 2014

Subsidy Phase-Out and Reform Catalyst Bonds

Bahrain article icon Issue Brief Governments spend more money on subsidies for fossil fuels than on efforts to fight climate change. But a new financial instrument—subsidy phase-out and reform catalyst, or SPARC, bonds—gives governments a way to tackle the tough politics of subsidy reform by leveraging billions from private investors.

By Thomas Hale and Pete Ogden | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 Ways Cities Can Prepare for the Carbon-Pollution Standards

Los Angeles at nightThe EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposed guidelines for states to reduce carbon pollution; cities can and should play a significant role in this effort as well.

By Danielle Baussan and Ben Bovarnick | Friday, June 20, 2014

Video: 5 Things You Need to Know About the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

play_alt icon Video The Obama administration recently proposed new guidelines for states to limit the carbon pollution of existing power plants. Center for American Progress Managing Director of Energy Policy Danielle Baussan explains five things that you need to know about how these new rules will benefit our climate, health, and pocketbooks.

By Danielle Baussan, Lauren Malkani, Andrew Satter, and Miranda Peterson | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Accelerating Global Vehicle Efficiency

GM plant book_alt2 icon Report Nations can grow their economies and protect the climate through international cooperation on fuel-economy standards.

By Cecilia Springer, Pete Ogden, Nigel Purvis, and Andreas Dahl-Joergensen | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Obama Administration’s Renewed Workforce Investment in Kentucky

Coal mineRecently announced Labor Department grants will help Appalachian coal communities and coal industry workers pivot to a new energy future.

By Gov. Ted Strickland, Bracken Hendricks, and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, June 12, 2014