The Los Angeles Times cited our 2013 report on the environmental impacts of fracking in a story about the growing water conflicts sparked by oil and gas drilling in the arid West ... Tony Dutzik presented data on changing transportation trends and their implications for public transportation at a Federal Transit Administration-sponsored panel during the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board ... the State Smart Transportation Initiative critiqued the U.S. Department of Transportation's forecasts of future driving, with data assistance from Frontier Group.
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Tony Dutzik reviews yet another year of falling per-capita driving in the U.S. and what it means for transportation policy ... Miles Unterreiner highlights a new partnership between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and mayors to help consumers experiencing difficulty with financial services firms ... Elizabeth Ridlington spotlights a new study of health care cost variation in California ... Frontier Group's 2013 Year in Review summarizes our work on changing travel trends, the rising environmental toll of fracking, the promise of solar energy, improvements in government transparency and much, much more.
New Report: Solar on Superstores
"Big box" retail stores, supercenters and shopping malls represent a huge opportunity for solar energy production, with vast, open rooftops and parking areas exposed to the sun. Tapping into this solar resource could deliver substantial benefits for the environment, public health and economy. Solar on Superstores quantifies the solar power potential of commercial buildings in North Carolina and argues for strong solar policies that can help the state take advantage of this clean energy resource. (2/20/14) (Photo: IKEA Charlotte)
New Report: Factory Farms, Fouled Waters
Factory farms threaten the health of Illinois’s rivers, lakes and streams. Large-scale releases of animal waste and other forms of pollution have fouled local waterways to the point where some can no longer sustain important uses such as swimming, fishing, drinking, or the maintenance of healthy populations of wildlife. Factory Farms, Fouled Waters highlights five cases of factory farm pollution in Illinois and recommends stronger tracking and regulation of factory farms in order to protect the state's waterways. (2/19/14) (Photo: HOMES)