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The Interior Department Is Halfway to Its New Renewables Goal, But Hurdles Remain

President Barack ObamaThe Obama administration is seeking to double production of clean energy from public lands, a vital front in the war on climate change.

By Tom Kenworthy | Friday, August 9, 2013

A Blueprint for Balance

Public lands book_alt2 icon Report The Obama administration and Congress must bridge the divide between the current focus in federal policy on promoting oil and gas development and the public’s demand for greater access to recreational opportunities and protections of lands for future generations.

By Matt Lee-Ashley, Christy Goldfuss, Jessica Goad, Tom Kenworthy, Nada Culver, Brian O'Donnell, Greg Zimmerman, and Ti Hays | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Big Oil Rakes in Huge Profits, Again

The big five oil companies enjoyed profits of $19.5 billion in the second quarter of 2013. They don’t need special tax breaks too.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | Friday, August 2, 2013

Top 10 Ways the House of Representatives’ Environmental Spending Bill Would Ruin Your Summer

The new House bill is an unprecedented assault on your health and public lands.

By Arpita Bhattacharyya, Daniel J. Weiss, Michael Conathan, and Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

President Obama’s Resilience Plan Needs Federal Investments

Mount Charleston WildfireThe president and Congress should create a federal resilience fund for communities nationwide to invest in protection for people, homes, and businesses from future extreme weather events.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Climate Action Plan for Affordable Multifamily Housing

Focusing on increasing the use of clean energy technologies in the affordable multifamily housing market would make families more secure and strengthen local economies.

By Bracken Hendricks, Adam James, and Bryan Lewis | Thursday, July 25, 2013

U.S. Natural-Gas Use Must Peak by 2030

Natural gas worker book_alt2 icon Report Natural gas has an important role to play in achieving the emissions reductions that are necessary for climate stabilization. Beyond the near term, however, there needs to be a swift transition from natural gas to zero-carbon energy.

By Darryl Banks and Gwynne Taraska | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Government Financing for Clean Energy

article icon Issue Brief The president should enlist all federal credit programs in the fight against climate change.

By Richard W. Caperton | Thursday, July 18, 2013

Russia Blocks Bid to Establish Massive Antarctic Marine Reserves

PenguinsRussia recently refused to let the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources establish marine reserves in the ocean off Antarctica.

By Michael Conathan | Thursday, July 18, 2013

President Obama’s Plan for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings

The president’s call to reduce the size of the federal government’s enormous energy-consumption footprint could significantly curb the effects of climate change and help secure a cleaner, more stable environment.

By Mari Hernandez | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Electrical Divide: New Energy Technologies and Avoiding an Electric Service Gap

Arin Gharibian, Hayk Mkrtchayan, Edward Boghosian article icon Issue Brief It is vital that we avoid the “electrical divide” and stay committed to safe, affordable, reliable, and clean electricity in the United States as distributed generation grows.

By Richard W. Caperton and Mari Hernandez | Monday, July 15, 2013

America’s Energy Revolution: A New Path to Jobs and Economic Growth

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the House Committee on the Budget.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shelter from the Superstorm

book_alt2 icon Report Investing more in climate preparedness and resilience will end up saving money in the long run by lowering the risks of extreme weather and climate-change impacts.

By Cathleen Kelly and Jackie Weidman | Monday, July 1, 2013

Clean Energy Manufacturing Fights Climate Change, Increases U.S. Competitiveness, and Creates Jobs

Sustainable Agriculture Celebration at Harborview Farms article icon Issue Brief Fostering clean energy manufacturing in the United States would help boost the manufacturing sector, create jobs, and increase competitiveness, all while fighting global warming.

By Adam James and Kate Gordon | Friday, June 28, 2013

Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Threatens a Sustainable Economy

Pebble Mine project article icon Issue Brief A proposal to develop one of the world’s largest open-pit mines in a remote and pristine corner of Alaska could destroy some of America’s most valuable fisheries.

By Jessica Goad, Shiva Polefka, Michael Conathan, and Christy Goldfuss | Thursday, June 27, 2013