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Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.Recent disasters in communities throughout the U.S. vividly illustrate that we’re increasingly at risk from flooding and drought events. Torrential downpours swept across the South earlier this week,...

Posted April 16, 2014    

New Organization Could Help Push Energy Efficiency Programs to Even Higher Levels

Peter Miller, Senior Scientist, San FranciscoA new organization is being formed that could help vault energy efficiency programs to a new level of performance and accomplishment in California and we’re looking for technical experts to help make that...

Posted April 13, 2014    

Through Solar Energy Jobs, Veterans Find a Continuation in Mission to Serve Nation and Environment

Pierre Bull, Policy Analyst, Air & Energy, New York CityLiz Perez’s dad served in the first Gulf War. And after she enlisted in the Navy and found herself in the second one, “it made me ask a lot of questions about why we were here in the Gulf...

Posted April 12, 2014    

Driving Into an Age of Increasing Oil Freedom

Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C.Photo by Nayu Kim, courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsWe are living in exciting times when it comes to the nation’s oil and energy dependence. You could call this era the age of...

Posted April 11, 2014    

Biomass: Not Carbon Neutral and Often Not Clean

Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York CityPower companies, facing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels like coal, are often consider turning to biomass – an umbrella term for fuel that is newly derived from plant...

Posted April 10, 2014    

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, New YorkThere’s a lot in the news about climate change and how it’s affecting communities today.There’s a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – also called the IPCC – report that details the effects of...

Posted April 9, 2014    

Measuring Suburban Sprawl

Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C.Growth is good. Or so we've always been taught. But what if growth is poorly managed, so that it creates serious problems too? In an urban context, that's what we call sprawl....

Posted April 8, 2014    

Catalyzing the Oil and Gas Industry to Clean Up its Act

Vignesh Gowrishankar, Staff Scientist (Sustainable Energy), New YorkThe oil and gas industry leaks a significant amount of natural gas into the atmosphere. Most of this leaked gas is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas pollutant. This leaked gas also...

Posted April 7, 2014    

Slum Dwellers Face Climatic Disasters

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DCMillions of people living in the shantytowns of the developing world’s mega-cities will be among the most-vulnerable groups feeling the brunt of climate change in the coming...

Posted April 6, 2014    

Study Confirms Midwest Is Sitting on a Goldmine of Energy Savings Potential

Rebecca Stanfield, Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, ChicagoAn important new federal study confirms that saving energy is far less expensive than generating power in a power plant.  It also shows that here in the Midwest, energy...

Posted April 5, 2014    

New Senate Bill Would Provide Important Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CAThe Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act, S. 2189, introduced late yesterday by three Democratic senators, would improve the efficiency of our homes, workplaces, and industry by...

Posted April 4, 2014    

Celebrating a Solar Energy Milestone with Big Clean Energy Implications

Peter Miller, Senior Scientist, San FranciscoCalifornia can feel good about the fact that it has more than half of all the solar rooftops in America, but now there’s even more to celebrate – the 100,000th such installation and the commitment it...

Posted March 31, 2014