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Highway Boondoggles 2: More Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future

America faces a long-term transportation funding crisis. Our roads, bridges and transit systems are falling into disrepair. Demand is growing for public transit and safe bicycle and pedestrian routes. Traditional sources of transportation revenue, especially the gas tax, are not keeping pace with the needs. Even with the recent passage of a five-year federal transportation bill, the future of transportation funding remains uncertain. Highway Boondoggles 2: More Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future studies 12 proposed highway projects across the country – slated to cost at least $24 billion – that exemplify the need for a fresh approach to transportation spending.

(January 2016)
Turning to the Wind: American Wind Power is Cutting Carbon Pollution Today and Paving the Way for a Clean Energy Future

Wind power has already significantly reduced climate-altering carbon pollution: In 2014 alone, wind-generated electricity averted an estimated 143 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, as much as would be produced by 37 typical coal-fired power plants. By renewing the Production Tax Credit, a key driver of wind energy development, America can displace even more carbon pollution – a critical step towards protecting future generations from the worst impacts of global warming.

(December 2015)
Toxic Ten: The Allegheny County Polluters That Are Fouling Our Air and Threatening Our Health

Residents of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which includes Pittsburgh, suffer from among the worst air quality in the nation. For example, the county ranks in the top 0.3 percent of all counties in the U.S. for cancer risk from air pollutants discharged from point-source facilities. Toxic Ten: The Allegheny County Polluters That Are Fouling Our Air and Threatening Our Health profiles the top 10 emitters of toxic industrial air pollution in Allegheny County. The facilities are ranked by the relative toxicity of the air pollution they reported releasing in 2013, according to EPA data. 

(October 2015)
Dangerous and Close: Fracking Near Pennsylvania's Most Vulnerable Residents

Since 2007, more than 9,000 wells employing fracking have been drilled in Pennsylvania - many of them in close proximity to schools, day care facilities, hospitals and nursing homes. Dangerous and Close tracks the spread of fracking ever closer to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable residents and details the environmental and health threats fracking poses to Pennsylvanians.

(October 2015)
Blocking the Sun: 12 Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power

Blocking the Sun pulls back the veil on 12 of the utilities, fossil fuel companies, front groups and special interest think tanks that are fighting solar power in America. 

(October 2015)

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