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Carbon Pricing in a Fiscal Context

Washington refinery article icon Issue Brief The potential revenue from a price on carbon pollution would be a small percentage of the nation’s overall budget.

by Greg Dotson and Ben Bovarnick | Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The North American Leaders Summit Should Put Fish on the Menu

helicopter and ship in Pacific OceanIf the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico work together, they can curtail illegal fishing, reward honest fishermen, and act to save two critically endangered species.

by Shiva Polefka and Avery Siciliano | Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Suing and Spewing

Exhaust rises from coal article icon Issue Brief The power producers affiliated with the lawsuits against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan are responsible for 1.2 billion tons of carbon pollution each year.

by Erin Auel | Friday, June 24, 2016

Accelerating the North American Shift to Clean Energy via Proxy Carbon Pricing

Obama speaks in front of Sun Man stained glass windowTo prepare for North America’s shift to clean energy, U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments and businesses should apply a proxy carbon price when evaluating potential long-term investments.

by Gwynne Taraska and Eliot Metzger | Thursday, June 23, 2016

Proposals for a North American Climate Strategy

North America book_alt2 icon Report The new alignment of the United States, Mexico, and Canada on climate change—and the forthcoming North American Leaders’ Summit—present opportunities for these countries to undertake new, coordinated climate action.

by Gwynne Taraska, Marcela López-Vallejo, Sam Adams, Erin Flanagan, Gustavo Alanís-Ortega, Cathleen Kelly, Andrew Light, Julia Martinez, Joe Thwaites | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Who’s Who of Methane Pollution in the Onshore Oil and Gas Production Sector

A pump jack is seen near New Town, North Dakota. book_alt2 icon Report Eleven companies emitted half of all methane pollution in the United States from onshore oil and gas production in 2014.

by Alison Cassady | Monday, June 20, 2016

Bears Ears Cultural Area: The Most Vulnerable U.S. Site for Looting, Vandalism, and Grave Robbing

Bears EarsA Native American intertribal coalition has asked President Obama to create a national monument in Utah’s Bears Ears region.

by Jenny Rowland | Monday, June 13, 2016

Green Finance: The Next Frontier for U.S.-China Climate Cooperation

Solar power farm in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region article icon Issue Brief Both the United States and China need to bolster domestic policy and steer overseas finance in climate-friendly directions.

by Melanie Hart, Pete Ogden, Kelly Sims Gallagher | Monday, June 13, 2016

The Future of Seafood Security: The Fight Against Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud

Gulf shrimp article icon Issue Brief Progress on ferreting out the twin scourges of illegal fishing activity and seafood fraud is a bipartisan priority that can deliver environmental and economic benefits.

by Michael Conathan and Avery Siciliano | Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bringing America’s ‘Best Idea’ to Our Oceans

octopus gardenThe last two presidents have established massive marine reserves in the remote Pacific Ocean. Now it’s time to take similar action in the waters of the continental United States.

by Michael Conathan | Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It Is Time to Phase Out 9 Unnecessary Oil and Gas Tax Breaks

oil field article icon Fact Sheet Congress should phase out nine wasteful tax breaks for the oil and gas industry to level the playing field with cleaner sources of energy.

| Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Potential of Proxy Carbon Pricing in International Development Finance

A solar power plant nears completion. article icon Issue Brief International finance institutions can use proxy carbon pricing in conjunction with other tools to drive climate-compatible investments and help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

by Gwynne Taraska and Ori Gutin | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Agriculture and the Paris Agreement

Farm tractor article icon Fact Sheet With the Paris agreement in place, climate-smart agriculture practices are essential to the United States’ and other countries’ efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to build resilience to the threats of climate change.

by the CAP Energy and Environment Team | Thursday, May 12, 2016

As Arctic Nears Tipping Point, President Obama and Nordic Leaders Must Act

President Obama and Secretary Kerry at the 2015 GLACIER ConferencePresident Obama and the five Nordic leaders should use their May 13 summit to work to cut their nations’ greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard the Arctic, and inspire more ambitious climate change action globally.

by Cathleen Kelly | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ocean Planning Is the Key to Unlock America’s New Blue Economy

Block Island Wind FarmThe National Ocean Policy is helping coastal states and industries lay the groundwork for prosperity and sustainability in the 21st century, and Congress should not interfere.

by Shiva Polefka | Tuesday, May 10, 2016