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Built-In Savings: A U.S.-India Partnership on Energy-Efficient Buildings

article icon Issue Brief The United States and India should aggressively pursue opportunities to curb energy waste in the building sector in order to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution, enhance their energy security, and grow their economies.

By Bracken Hendricks, Peter Ogden, and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA Administrator

Kathryn SullivanAs former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan takes over NOAA, she faces challenges worthy of a rocket scientist.

By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Thursday, March 6, 2014

Better Reflecting Our Country’s Growing Diversity

article icon Issue Brief We need to make our national park system more inclusive and reflective of the totality of the diverse American experience.

By Jessica Goad, Matt Lee-Ashley, and Farah Ahmad | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gimme Shelter: President Obama’s Climate Resilience Fund

ObamaCongress must invest in the president’s new Climate Resilience Fund to protect communities from extreme weather.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure

public transit book_alt2 icon Report To address metropolitan congestion—our most pressing transportation challenge—we need to adopt performance management, increase competition for federal funds, and reform transportation governance.

By Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Crushing Cost of Climate Change: Why We Must Rethink America’s Infrastructure Investments

Infrastructure, Superstorm SandyChanging our approach to investing in our nation’s infrastructure will help strengthen it and the economy in the face of more frequent extreme weather events.

By Cathleen Kelly and Fran Sussman | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

With Only $93 Billion in Profits, the Big Five Oil Companies Demand to Keep Tax Breaks

crude oilWith increased production costs but decreased profits in 2013, Big Oil companies are fighting to protect their tax breaks and lift the crude oil export ban instead of looking for more-sustainable energy solutions.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Miranda Peterson | Monday, February 10, 2014

U.S. Crude Oil Exports: Opportunities and Challenges

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Who Wants to Bring Back Overfishing?

OverfishingMisguided provisions in new fisheries legislation would sacrifice the sustainability of short-term gains.

By Michael Conathan | Monday, February 3, 2014

Keep American Crude Oil at Home

Oil pump article icon Issue Brief Lifting the 40-year ban on crude oil exports could reduce our energy security and raise domestic gasoline prices.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Miranda Peterson | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

5 More Items for President Obama’s Climate Change To-Do List

These five clean energy and public health priorities for the president's second term are vital to slowing climate change and building on the clean energy successes of the past year.

By Daniel J. Weiss, Jessica Goad, and Shiva Polefka | Friday, January 24, 2014

Why President Obama Should Discuss Conservation for the First Time in His State of the Union Address

The president should use his executive authority to protect our public lands for future generations, create jobs, and honor our natural and cultural heritage.

By Matt Lee-Ashley and Jessica Goad | Friday, January 24, 2014

5 Growing Threats to America’s Cities

article icon Issue Brief Extreme weather events are on the rise and threaten American cities. Without investing in resilience programs, cities will be left with economic hardship.

By Matt Kasper and Daniel J. Weiss | Thursday, January 23, 2014

Big Oil, Small Jobs: A Look at the Oil Industry’s Dubious Job Claims

Big OilThe inflated job numbers of the large oil and gas companies do not justify the industry’s longstanding tax breaks.

By Mari Hernandez | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Banking on Clean Energy: State Leadership in Financing a Greener Future

A floating wind turbine is seen off the coast of Castine, Maine. New York is the latest in a growing roster of state and municipal governments to establish green banks to unlock private capital investment in clean energy infrastructure.

By Bracken Hendricks and Ben Bovarnick | Friday, January 17, 2014