New on the Blog
- When Bill Gates drank a glass of water that just minutes before had been human sewage, he called attention to the fact that seeing issues as interrelated can turn problems into solutions.
- Parking is a drag. Cities can take steps to improve residents' and visitors' lives, with the help of similar technological tools to those that are revolutionizing transportation.
- Old patterns of urban and suburban development have changed, and may never return. It's important that thinking about the future not be tied unnecessarily to the ways of the past.
- As newly elected (and reelected) federal and state lawmakers take their seats, Frontier Group takes a look at the lay of the land in several issue areas, outlining opportunities and developments.
- Government transparency should extend beyond spending. In particular, taxpayer funded work performed by the Congressional Research Service, which informs major decisions by lawmakers, should be free and open to the public.
New Report: More Wind, Less Warming
America has enough wind energy potential to power the nation more than 10 times over. After more than a decade of rapid growth, wind energy now accounts for 4 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. In More Wind, Less Warming: How American Wind Energy’s Rapid Growth Can Help Solve Global Warming, we show that if America were to take advantage of just a fraction of its wind energy potential to get 30 percent of its electricity from the wind by 2030, the nation could eliminate the emissions from the equivalent of 254 of today's coal-fired power plants. (12/4/14) Photo of an offshore wind turbine in Norway by NREL/Senu Sirnivas.
New Report: Star Power
America could meet its energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy that strikes the nation every day in the form of sunlight. With solar installation costs falling, the efficiency of solar cells rising, and the threats of air pollution and global warming ever-looming, solar power is becoming a more attractive and widespread source of energy every day. Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in America challenges our local, state and federal government officials to set strong goals and implement pro-solar policies to spur America to meet at least 10 percent of our nation’s electricity needs with solar power by 2030. (11/20/14)