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Icebreakers: Essential Assets for a Changing Arctic

Icebreaker in Seattle article icon Issue Brief Without decisive action to fund and build new heavy icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, the United States puts its environment and national security in harm’s way.

by Shiva Polefka | Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Good Plan: Supporting the National Ocean Policy Ensures the Prosperity of Coastal Economies

Bold TernOcean-dependent businesses look to ocean planning to make the most of marine resources.

by Shiva Polefka | Monday, March 2, 2015

Drilling in the Arctic or the Atlantic? It Could Be All of the Above

Deepwater HorizonWhat President Obama’s draft five-year program means for the future of offshore oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

by Michael Conathan | Friday, February 13, 2015

Fact Sheets: Revitalizing Appalachia

coal miner boots article icon Fact Sheet By ensuring that coal companies mining on federal lands pay their fair share, the federal government could generate millions of dollars in new revenue that could be directed toward revitalizing Appalachian communities.

by Tiffany Germain | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Revitalizing Appalachia

Railroad book_alt2 icon Report Appalachian coal communities have faced decades of job losses, but policymakers can raise revenue to invest in these communities by ensuring that coal companies mining from federal lands pay their fair share.

by Gov. Ted Strickland, Greg Dotson, Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, February 9, 2015

Don’t Rob Peter to Pay Paul: The Importance of International Climate Finance in the President’s FY 2016 Budget

GCFThe president’s fiscal year 2016 budget makes smart investments in international climate finance that are, at their root, inseparable from domestic climate actions.

by Pete Ogden & Gwynne Taraska | Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sliding Oil Prices Still Yield a $90 Billion 2014 for Big Oil

A motorist fills up his car's gas tank.Despite a fourth-quarter slump, Big Oil posted big end-of-year profits.

by Danielle Baussan & Miranda Peterson | Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Potential Consumer Price Impacts of Efforts to Rapidly Expand Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas

LNG pipes article icon Issue Brief U.S. policymakers are weighing whether to allow the export of large volumes of liquefied natural gas, or LNG. Higher levels of LNG exports could mean higher natural gas bills for residential, commercial, and industrial consumers.

by Alison Cassady | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Safeguarding the Arctic

child along Newtok River article icon Issue Brief National security, coastal communities, and the environment are at stake as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes the helm of the Arctic Council.

by Cathleen Kelly & Miranda Peterson | Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dirty Water, Dirty Money: Coal Ash and the Attack on North Carolina’s Courts

play_alt icon Video This new minidocumentary from Legal Progress showcases the real human impact of special interest money that is infiltrating judicial elections by featuring one North Carolina family’s story of how coal ash pollution poisoned their community.

by Lauren Malkani, Billy Corriher, Sean Wright | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Government Should Begin to Measure America’s Powerful Outdoor Economy

shopper looks at kayaks article icon Issue Brief The outdoor economy, which now employs more Americans than the mining, drilling, and logging industries combined, should be recognized as a crucial sector of the U.S. economy and accurately measured. This is important not only for jobs, but also for economic growth and health.

by Matt Lee-Ashley, Claire Moser, Michael Madowitz | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How State Future Funds Can Help States Build Resilient Infrastructure and Cut Carbon Pollution

Monongahela RiverThrough new revolving loan funds that CAP has dubbed State Future Funds, Congress can partner with state and local leaders to address the increasing challenges of climate change.

by Cathleen Kelly & Greg Dotson | Friday, January 16, 2015

Fishermen’s Views of a Changing Ocean

Lobsterman book_alt2 icon Report A survey of New England fishermen testifies to the real-life effects of climate change and ocean warming on their region’s most historic industry.

by Michael Conathan | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cutting Subsidies and Closing Loopholes in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Coal Program

Piles of coal sit at a coal terminal article icon Issue Brief The biggest coal companies in the Powder River Basin are gaming the federal royalty system to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies.

by Matt Lee-Ashley & Nidhi Thakar | Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Fossil-Fuel Industry Spent Big to Set the Anti-Environment Agenda of the Next Congress

Homer City Generating StationThe coal, oil, and gas industries spent more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in the 2014 election cycle. The question is: What will be the return on that investment?

by Claire Moser & Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, December 22, 2014