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Energy and Environment: Archives

The Authority for U.S. Participation in the Paris Climate Agreement

Paris book_alt2 icon Report As the contours of the Paris climate agreement come into focus, it is becoming clear that it could qualify as an executive agreement rather than a treaty.

by Gwynne Taraska and Ben Bovarnick | Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Infographic: An Interfaith Call for Climate Action

Americans from diverse faith traditions are responding to the threat of climate change and working to protect the environment, its inhabitants, and its resources.

by Lauren Kokum | Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Francis Moment: A Moral Call to Action on Climate Change

Pope FrancisPope Francis has created an incredible moment of synergy for faith-based and environmental advocates to push for action to protect all people, as well as the planet.

by Claire Markham, Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Connor Hayes | Thursday, June 25, 2015

CAP Climate Experts Travel to China

Chinese and American flagsCAP sends a delegation of policy experts to Beijing this week to continue the Center’s work on Chinese energy and environmental policy.

by Melanie Hart | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Building a More Inclusive National Park System for All Americans

President Barack Obama announces the establishment of a national monument article icon Issue Brief Congress and the president should work to conserve places that better reflect America’s diverse population and help engage new generations to visit and explore their shared heritage and resources.

by Nidhi Thakar, Claire Moser, Laura E. Durso | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

State Future Funds

train station book_alt2 icon Report For state and local leaders wondering how to keep pace with demands for clean energy and public transit, State Future Funds just may be the answer.

by Cathleen Kelly | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

From Bonn to Paris: Navigating the Course to an Effective International Climate Agreement

Climate convention article icon Issue Brief During their June meeting in Bonn, Germany, the parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change made measured progress toward the goal of adopting a new international climate agreement.

by Gwynne Taraska | Friday, June 19, 2015

Federal Oil and Gas Royalty and Revenue Reform

Permian Basin article icon Issue Brief U.S. taxpayers are being shortchanged hundreds of millions of dollars each year by outdated oil and gas policies on federal public lands.

by Nicole Gentile | Friday, June 19, 2015

A Carbon Tax and the Clean Power Plan Would Work Together to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

wind turbineThe Clean Power Plan and a carbon tax are complementary—not mutually exclusive.

by Alison Cassady and Alexandra Thornton | Friday, June 12, 2015

Harnessing Insurance Markets to Enhance Climate Resilience

farmers lack crop insuranceThe G-7’s call to scale up climate insurance around the globe is an important step in fostering innovative public-private finance programs for climate adaptation and resilience.

by Pete Ogden and Ben Bovarnick | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Paradox of Paris: How a Successful Climate Agreement Could Have Inadequate and Nonobligatory Emissions Reduction Targets

Bonn climate talksThe Paris climate agreement can be effective by subsuming global emissions in an increasingly ambitious climate regime.

by Gwynne Taraska | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cutting Carbon Pollution While Promoting Economic Growth

California solar panels article icon Issue Brief Recent experience shows that countries and localities can cut carbon pollution while building healthy economies.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns and Alison Cassady | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Keeping the Lights On: The Clean Power Plan and the Real Threat to Grid Reliability

Superstorm SandyThe Clean Power Plan is necessary to combat climate change and to ensure that the U.S. electric grid remains reliable.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Friday, May 15, 2015

A Forward-Looking Agenda for the Nation’s Public Utility Commissions

Substation book_alt2 icon Report Congress should amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to call upon states to embrace clean energy sources such as wind and solar, boost energy efficiency, and build resilience in the nation’s electric utilities.

by Greg Dotson and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, May 14, 2015

Developing a Blue Economy in China and the United States

China book_alt2 icon Report China and the United States should join forces to promote sustainable development of ocean and coastal regions and resources.

by Michael Conathan and Scott Moore | Wednesday, May 13, 2015