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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

Addressing ‘Loss and Damage’ in Warsaw

Yeb Sano delivers Philippines petition to UNCCCThe issue of loss and damage is getting a lot of attention at the climate talks in Warsaw, but there is more convergence and progress on this issue than it appears. Negotiators are working to set up a mechanism to address loss and damage and to agree to its primary functions.

By Gwynne Taraska | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Establish the National Endowment for the Oceans

Fishermen mend netsThe fishing industry is uniquely positioned to help Congress take a major step toward healthier ocean and coastal economies.

By Michael Conathan | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What to Watch in Warsaw

Warsaw article icon Issue Brief This issue brief takes a look at the U.N. climate negotiations in Warsaw.

By Rebecca Lefton and Gwynne Taraska | Monday, November 18, 2013

Protecting the Taxpayer’s Share of Natural Resource Revenues on Public Lands and Oceans

Deepwater Horizon site drillers book_alt2 icon Report Rather than creating new revenue-sharing entitlements, Congress should take a comprehensive, fiscally sound approach to addressing the natural resource revenue challenges facing the nation.

By Matt Lee-Ashley, Jessica Goad, Michael Madowitz, and Michael Conathan | Friday, November 8, 2013

Big Oil, Big Profits, Big Tax Breaks

The big five oil companies earned $23 billion in the third quarter, yet they continue to receive billions of dollars in tax breaks.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Tiffany Germain | Tuesday, November 5, 2013