Tony Dutzik presented our research on weather-related disasters at the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters' international conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction in Boston ... The new National Climate Assessment cites our 2007 report on the growing frequency and severity of extreme precipitation events in a warming world ... The Atlantic Monthly writes on the backlash against poorly thought-through government privatization schemes, mentioning our 2009 report with U.S. PIRG Education Fund on toll road privatization.
New on the Blog
Jeff Inglis writes about new tools that assess the speed and beauty of transportation choices ... Tony Dutzik argues for breaking down issue "silos" that impair thinking about solutions to societal problems and explores cross-cutting approaches to protecting the public interest amid rapid disruption of longstanding industries and for securing the public's "right to know" about emerging issues in their communities ... Elizabeth Ridlington highlights the mounting evidence of climate damage from natural gas and reviews recent efforts to improve transparency in health care pricing ... Frontier Group's June Update includes news on our latest reports on solar energy and state spending transparency, and takes note of a shout-out from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on our reports on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's consumer complaint database.
New Report: Inside the Big Oil Playbook
The battle over a local ballot question to stop the shipment of tar sands oil from the port of South Portland, Maine, is a case study in the tactics used by Big Oil in its efforts to deliver polluting tar sands oil to the world market. Inside the Big Oil Playbook takes a detailed look at the South Portland campaign, highlighting the big money, "astroturf" organizing, and public relations efforts used by Big Oil to narrowly defeat the ballot question, and providing a roadmap that can be of use to citizens in future debates over tar sands pipelines and export facilities. (7/1/14) (Photo: Oil tanker in Casco Bay, Earl Long)
New Report: Driving Cleaner
Increasing the use of electric vehicles – especially those powered by clean, renewable sources of electricity – can protect the climate and help America get off oil. Driving Cleaner estimates that in 2025, widespread use of electric vehicles, coupled with a cleaner electricity grid, could reduce global warming pollution by 18.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, compared to conventional vehicles. (6/23/14) (Photo: Tom Wang/Shutterstock)