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STATEMENT: CAP’s Nicole Gentile Praises Bill To End Noncompetitive Leasing, Close Industry Loopholes

Washington, D.C. — Today, Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) introduced a bill that would end the government’s noncompetitive oil and gas leasing program. The harmful and wasteful practice lets companies stockpile public land at rock-bottom prices—often without public scrutiny. Co-sponsored by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the Competitive Onshore Mineral Policy via Eliminating Taxpayer-Enabled Speculation (COMPETES) Act...

RELEASE: The Climate Needs a Balanced Judiciary

Washington, D.C. — With the sharp rise in lawsuits over climate change in recent years, it is critical that America’s federal courts include judges with professional expertise gained while advancing policies to protect the climate. A new column from the Center for American Progress finds that despite recent gains in professional diversity on the bench,...

RELEASE: New CAP Analysis Shows Home Care and Early Childhood Workers Are a Sizable Part of the Workforce in Many States

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress demonstrates the footprint of home care workers and early childhood educators in the American labor market in each state. The analysis finds that: Almost 3.2 million Americans—overwhelmingly women, and disproportionately women of color—are employed in home health and early childhood occupations, representing 2.2 percent...

STATEMENT: Changes to Loan Forgiveness Program Begin To Make Good on America’s Promise to Student Borrowers Who Serve the Public Interest

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden-Harris administration unveiled a series of changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. According to the Department of Education, these changes put more than 550,000 borrowers on the right track toward forgiveness. Jared Bass, senior director for Higher Education at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Danielle Root Praises Senate Reintroduction of John Lewis Voting Rights Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate, which would restore and strengthen key protections in the Voting Rights Act that have been gutted by the Supreme Court. The legislation would help eliminate discriminatory voting measures and restore voters’ ability to challenge bad election...

RELEASE: 5 Things U.S. Policymakers Must Understand About China-Africa Relations

Washington, D.C. — U.S. policymakers on both sides of the aisle have grown more anxious about China’s deepening ties with African nations in areas such as trade, military-security relations, and technology. But a new report from the Center for American Progress finds that Washington’s limited focus on Africa through the lens of Chinese relations is...

RELEASE: The SEC’s Regulatory Role in Greening the Blockchain and Regulating Digital Asset Markets

Washington, D.C.— A new report from the Center for American Progress recommends steps the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can take to use its existing authorities to make digital asset trading more energy efficient, protect investors, and prevent money laundering, tax evasion, and criminal activity. The report argues that many digital assets, such as some...

RELEASE: Push for Renewable Energy Should Focus on U.S. Suppliers, Jobs To Meet Demand

Washington, D.C. — With the federal government poised to make historic investments in clean technology to fight climate change, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress says the push for rapid growth in renewable energy should focus on U.S. suppliers to meet this rising demand. If U.S. manufacturers of solar panels, wind turbines,...

ONLINE EVENT ADVISORY: Climate Change and the Judiciary

Washington, D.C. — The current state of America’s judiciary represents a major threat to pro-environmental efforts. In recent years, due in large part to former President Donald Trump’s judicial appointees, far-right legal theories have flourished, and extremist judges are bolstering efforts to dismantle and block environmental protections. The courts are now stacked with individuals who gained...

RELEASE: Understanding China’s Approach to Climate in the Lead-up to COP26

Washington, D.C. — Understanding China’s approach to climate is vital in the lead-up to the COP26 climate summit in November, according to a new column from the Center for American Progress. As world leaders push to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, China’s energy trajectory is in the spotlight. China’s emissions surged by...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Nicole Gentile Urges 30×30 Conservation Plan To Prevent More Extinctions

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared 23 species extinct, including the ivory-billed woodpecker. In response, Nicole Gentile, senior director for Public Lands at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: The rapid loss of our natural spaces, coupled with the impact of climate change, is pushing more species...

EVENT ADVISORY: #WeBuildEDU Explores Back to School With Educators, Students, and The Kid Mero of Showtime’s Desus & Mero

Washington, D.C. — This Thursday, please join the Center for American Progress and EduColor for a #WeBuildEDU special back-to-school event featuring remarks from New York State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, a panel of educators and students, and an armchair discussion with The Kid Mero—co-host of Showtime's Desus & Mero and New York Times bestselling author. The...

RELEASE: CAP Outlines Steps the SEC and Corporations Can Take to Diversify Boards

Washington, D.C.— Ahead of an expected, proposed,  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule—which would require that companies disclose diversity information about their boards—a new report from the Center for American Progress outlines what a meaningful board diversity disclosure framework would look like. The report suggests that the SEC require publicly traded companies to: Disclose diversity...