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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

The Science Is In: Pebble Mine Does Not Belong in the Bristol Bay Watershed

Newhalen RiverThe Obama administration should protect Alaska’s landscape and its $1.5 billion salmon industry.

By Michael Conathan | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Baucus Tax Reform Cuts $46 Billion in Oil Breaks

Sen. Ron Wyden can cut $30 billion more as the new chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Miranda Peterson | Friday, December 20, 2013

A Turning Point for the Bureau of Land Management

Utah national park storm article icon Issue Brief Five years after the Bush administration’s oil and gas debacle near Utah’s national parks, a smarter approach to land management is within reach.

By Matt Lee-Ashley and Jessica Goad | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Moving Out of Harm’s Way

Sandy flooding article icon Issue Brief Investing in voluntary public buyouts of flood-prone properties moves coastal communities out of the crosshairs of climate change and saves U.S. taxpayers money.

By Shiva Polefka | Thursday, December 12, 2013

An Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard and Why It Is Good for the Climate

Corn ethanol article icon Issue Brief The Renewable Fuel Standard is creating a market for cleaner-burning biofuels, which is necessary to reduce carbon pollution in the transportation sector and address the threat of climate change.

By Mari Hernandez and Matt Kasper | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Green Industrial Revolution and the United States

book_alt2 icon Report The United States has been a leader in technical innovation and market transformation since the industrial revolution. But when it comes to the clean energy revolution, we risk falling behind.

By Kate Gordon, Robert Borosage, and Derek Pugh | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Clogged Carbon Sink: U.S. Public Lands Are the Source of 4.5 Times More Carbon Pollution Than They Can Absorb

Truck hauls coalPublic lands can help solve the climate crisis rather than worsen it.

By Jessica Goad and Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, December 5, 2013

Warsaw Climate Talks End with Foundation for a Global Agreement

article icon Issue Brief Domestic measures and international coordination in other forums are essential for progress on climate change.

By Rebecca Lefton, Gwynne Taraska, and Jenny Cooper, with Ben Bovarnick | Wednesday, December 4, 2013

U.N. Climate Talks in Warsaw Must Make Headway on Mitigation and Finance

WarsawBoth mitigation and finance are necessary elements of a package to reduce emissions and build climate resilience.

By Rebecca Lefton | Thursday, November 21, 2013