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Making Subsidy Reform Stick

Indonesia fuel subsidyLow oil prices can help countries reform fuel subsidies, but governments should invest the resultant savings in national projects to ensure that they stick.

by Pete Ogden and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Economic Fallout of the Freeze on Ohio’s Clean Energy Sector

Ohio dock turbine article icon Issue Brief Ohio stands as a cautionary tale of the harms that follow a rollback of renewable energy and energy-efficiency standards.

by Gwynne Taraska and Alison Cassady | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fact Sheet: Efforts to Repeal or Weaken Renewable Energy Schedules in the States

Wind turbines from the Smoky Hills Wind Farm article icon Fact Sheet On the heels of coordinated campaigns across the country to roll back state-level renewable energy standards, many states are already facing similar efforts in the early months of 2015.

by Gwynne Taraska and Alison Cassady | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

States Have a Responsibility to Support and Implement the Clean Power Plan

DroughtStates that oppose the Clean Power Plan are already grappling with the impacts of climate change—and accepting federal dollars to mitigate those impacts.

by Alison Cassady | Monday, March 9, 2015

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 and 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 and 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 and 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