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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

U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Exports

article icon Issue Brief A substantial increase in U.S. liquefied natural gas, or LNG, exports could have a number of economic, environmental, and geopolitical effects.

By Gwynne Taraska | Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Clean Water Infrastructure

article icon Issue Brief Congress must expand current programs and advance legislation establishing new efforts to address the nation’s neglected water infrastructure to meet our clean water needs.

By Kevin DeGood | Monday, November 4, 2013

Climate Change: An Unfunded Mandate

book_alt2 icon Report Congress is imposing a costly unfunded mandate on the American people by failing to enact policies to curb U.S. emissions of heat-trapping pollution.

By Fran Sussman, Cathleen Kelly, and Kate Gordon | Monday, October 28, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to Phase Down HFCs in the Montreal Protocol

IcebergA global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons in the Montreal Protocol is the best opportunity to stabilize temperatures in the near term.

By Rebecca Lefton, with Ben Bovarnick | Wednesday, October 23, 2013