New on the Blog
- Prompted by the Boston transit meltdown (or freezeup?), some thoughts on the need to invest in maintaining existing transit systems and in what we'll need in the future. The money's there for highways, so why not transit?
- The system by which the FDA tracks antibiotic use is weak and incomplete, and leaves out data on a key drug.
- Cities are beginning to use technological tools to revamp - and revitalize - their bus routes to maximize service and value.
- Tell the world how your city did in the Innovative Transportation Index - share these graphics on social media!
New Report: Fracking Failures
Fracking harms the environment and human health. Even when fracking companies follow the rules, it’s a dirty, dangerous industry. But they regularly break the rules, increasing the damage. Fracking Failures: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S. documents fracking violations in Pennsylvania, showing that all types of fracking companies are offenders: big multinationals, small, locally-owned firms, and even companies that promise to exceed safety standards. (1/27/15) (Photo credit: Chuck Anderson, Earth And Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State University.)
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.