A new report from the Environmental Integrity Project provides further confirmation of both the hazards of fracking for oil and gas and how little the public is allowed to know about it.

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued new guidelines to pharmaceutical companies, asking them to end the labeling and sale of antibiotics for promoting the growth of livestock and thereby slow the spread of antibiotic resistance. Our new report, Weak Medicine: Why the FDA's Guidelines Are Inadequate to Curb Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health, explains why the FDA’s action is unlikely to significantly reduce the problem of antibiotic resistance and its threat to public health.

We count on transportation planners and policy-makers to shape investments in infrastructure that are designed to last 40 years or more. With transportation funding running short, we can no longer afford to make those decisions based on outdated assumptions and models.

Bikesharing is a key part of a “full balanced breakfast” of transportation and land-use actions – including vehicle sharing, transit, walkable land-use patterns and many more – that can enable vastly more Americans to live lifestyles that are car-light or car-free.

Since 2004, the South Atlantic region saw the largest decrease in VMT per capita, declining 8 percent relative to 2004.  The West saw the second largest decrease in VMT per capita at 7.7 percent, followed by the Northeast at 7.4 percent, the South Gulf at 5.6 percent, and finally the North Central at 4.3 percent.

Frontier Group's monthly update highlights our latest reports and activities. This month: we document Big Oil's big money campaign to allow shipments of tar sands oil through Maine, we turn the spotlight on America's biggest industrial water polluters, and we quantify the environmental benefits of a future with more electric vehicles.

What would happen if, instead of making transit more expensive to riders, we made it cheaper, or even free?

Would you rather take a five-minute walk on crowded sidewalk next to four lanes of honking traffic on a clogged urban artery, or a seven-minute stroll down the leafy neighborhood street two blocks over?

For the last decade, the world’s most powerful oil companies have aggressively pursued plans to establish a U.S. shipping route to move tar sands oil from the land-locked wilderness of western Canada to the world market. However, strong public opposition to the extraction and transportation of tar sands oil has thwarted or stalled the construction of key shipping infrastructure, including TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. Now, the industry is considering shipping tar sands oil east across Canada and through an aging pipeline in Maine to reach the Atlantic Coast, an idea that has Mainers up in arms. 

It is time for public interest advocates to articulate and fight for a new conception of “right to know” – one that is more expansive, more timely, and provides the public with as much information about what industries are doing on a daily basis as industries now have about what we are doing.

Breaking down issue silos can help us see commonalities and focus our energy on what might be the most important question of all: how do we give policy-makers and the public the tools for information sharing, engagement and decision-making that would enable us to make in days or weeks decisions that might once have taken years?

The public policy landscape is changing more rapidly than ever before – presenting new challenges on a nearly weekly basis. Sometimes, the solutions to those problems might just come from the places we least expect to find them – places far outside the traditional boundaries of specific “issue areas.”

Evidence of how bad natural gas is for the climate has been growing and a study released earlier this month adds to the evidence.

Do you want to know how much an MRI will cost you or your insurance company? How about a mammogram or dental care? Trying to compare costs of care from different medical providers can be a frustrating exercise.  Despite accounting for more than 17 percent of the nation’s economy, costs in the health care sector are remarkably opaque. However, there are a few efforts underway to gather more information about the true costs of care.

This week, my son is attending Lego camp at a community center close to our house. He’s thrilled to spend hours playing with cool Lego pieces, and I’m happy that we can bike there instead of drive. Our method of transportation draws a lot of comments, though, when I ride home with his empty bicycle.

Battery-electric vehicles were an exotic sight just a few years ago. A parked plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt could draw stares from passersby, and the all-electric Nissan Leaf was an even greater oddity. Today, though, electric vehicles are common enough not to draw attention, as thousands of new electric vehicles are sold each month. As the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, so do the environmental benefits. Our new report, Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution, projects how the growth in electric vehicles could cut global warming pollution and help America get off oil.

We should see the changes of the last decade as a personalized, hand-delivered invitation to think deeper and work harder to identify new opportunities to make our communities cleaner, healthier and more sustainable over the long term.

When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it wrote into the law the expectation that toxic chemical releases from industry would cease entirely by 1985. Nearly 30 years later, that has not happened.

Frontier Group's monthly update highlights our recent reports and activities. This month's update spotlights new research on America's leading "solar cities" and state government transparency, as well as a shout-out from Sen. Elizabeth Warren regarding our reports on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's consumer complaint database.


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