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How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on "How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel."

by Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, June 30, 2014

Subsidy Phase-Out and Reform Catalyst Bonds

Bahrain article icon Issue Brief Governments spend more money on subsidies for fossil fuels than on efforts to fight climate change. But a new financial instrument—subsidy phase-out and reform catalyst, or SPARC, bonds—gives governments a way to tackle the tough politics of subsidy reform by leveraging billions from private investors.

by Thomas Hale and Pete Ogden | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 Ways Cities Can Prepare for the Carbon-Pollution Standards

Los Angeles at nightThe EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposed guidelines for states to reduce carbon pollution; cities can and should play a significant role in this effort as well.

by Danielle Baussan and Ben Bovarnick | Friday, June 20, 2014

Video: 5 Things You Need to Know About the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

play_alt icon Video The Obama administration recently proposed new guidelines for states to limit the carbon pollution of existing power plants. Center for American Progress Managing Director of Energy Policy Danielle Baussan explains five things that you need to know about how these new rules will benefit our climate, health, and pocketbooks.

by Danielle Baussan, Lauren Malkani, Andrew Satter, and Miranda Peterson | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Accelerating Global Vehicle Efficiency

GM plant book_alt2 icon Report Nations can grow their economies and protect the climate through international cooperation on fuel-economy standards.

by Cecilia Springer, Pete Ogden, Nigel Purvis, and Andreas Dahl-Joergensen | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Obama Administration’s Renewed Workforce Investment in Kentucky

Coal mineRecently announced Labor Department grants will help Appalachian coal communities and coal industry workers pivot to a new energy future.

by Gov. Ted Strickland, Bracken Hendricks, and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Clean Energy Investment in the United States

solar panel article icon Issue Brief Financial tools and foreign investment can inject additional capital into the clean energy market. Clean energy is at an apex of viability and affordability as financial institutions and governments seek to secure a lower-carbon future.

by Carol Browner, Danielle Baussan, Ben Bovarnick, Mari Hernandez, and Matt Kasper | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fundamental Facts of the EPA’s Climate Protection Proposal

coal plantUtilities’ gloomy prophecies of exorbitant pollution clean-up costs are unfounded. Electric rates currently are lower than 2008—even with the new mercury emission standard.

by Daniel J. Weiss | Friday, May 30, 2014

Rooftop Solar Adoption in Emerging Residential Markets

House with solar panels article icon Issue Brief Rooftop solar is reaching a significant portion of middle-class homeowners in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, but more could be done to further expand access to middle- and low-income households.

by Mari Hernandez | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Keeping Cool in a Hotter United States

sweating manCongress must increase assistance to help low-income households adapt to the hotter weather brought by climate change.

by Daniel J. Weiss | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Putting Out the Fire: 3 Reasons Why President Obama’s Proposed Reforms to the Wildfire Budget Are Critical for Our Public Lands

By enacting the president’s recent budget proposal, Congress can provide the Interior Department and the Forest Service with critical funds needed to effectively prevent and fight wildfires.

by Nidhi Thakar | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action

Peruvian boy book_alt2 icon Report Ending poverty and preventing catastrophic climate change is within our reach, especially if countries commit to a new global development agenda that improves livelihoods in ways that support low-carbon and sustainable economic growth.

by Molly Elgin-Cossart, Cathleen Kelly, and Abigail Jones | Thursday, May 8, 2014

Big Oil Wants to Keep Its Tax Breaks Despite Very Profitable Winter

Although they saw $23 billion in first-quarter profits, the big five oil companies continue to receive special help from the federal government.

by Daniel J. Weiss and Miranda Peterson | Monday, May 5, 2014

Rising Seas and Leadership as Senate Commerce Heads to Miami

A field hearing in South Florida on sea-level rise shows increasing vulnerability and stark political division. Local progress is underway, but federal action needs to catch up.

by Kristan Uhlenbrock | Thursday, May 1, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Investments in the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International

Oil&Gas book_alt2 icon Report The growing influence of the oil and gas industry on the NRA, Safari Club International, and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is reshaping the politics, policies, and priorities of American land and wildlife conservation.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Tuesday, April 29, 2014