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Path to the Polls: Building a More Inclusive Democracy by Preregistering California's Youth

Starting in the fall of 2016, 16- and 17-year-olds in California will be allowed to “preregister” to vote, ensuring that they are listed on the voter rolls the moment they turn 18. Voter preregistration provides California with an opportunity to improve young voter participation, but state and local officials must take proactive steps in order to make preregistration a success.

(September 2016)
Carbon-Cutting Success Stories: How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Reducing Pollution and Investing in People

Numbers cannot tell the full story of the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The case studies highlighted in this report show how this policy is working to help homeowners, farmers, non-profit organizations, clean energy entrepreneurs, governments and businesses save energy, save money, and do their part to preserve a livable climate for ourselves and for future generations.

(September 2016)
Following the Money in New Jersey Cities: Online Budget Transparency in Local Government

Municipalities across the country have been moving toward making their checkbooks easily accessible to the public by posting government spending information through on-line transparency portals. Yet, none of New Jersey’s 15 most populous municipalities – which are home to 20 percent of the state’s population and spend more than $3 billion in public funds every year – has an online open checkbook that meets modern standards of government transparency.

(September 2016)
Natural Gas and Global Warming: A Review of Evidence Finds that Methane Leaks Undercut the Climate Benefits of Gas

Natural gas has been touted as a “bridge fuel” that can help the United States and the world reduce emissions of global warming pollutants during the transition to truly clean sources of energy. The “bridge fuel” argument, however, hinges on a critical assumption: that the climate impacts of natural gas are modest. Natural Gas and Global Warming reviews recent studies that have challenged that assumption, and finds that natural gas production, transportation and storage result in major leaks of methane to the atmosphere that erode or nullify the climate benefits of shifting to natural gas.

(July 2016)
Lighting the Way 4: The Top States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2015

The states with the most solar capacity aren’t necessarily those with the most sunshine – they are the states that have adopted policies to make it easy and affordable for people, businesses and utilities to “go solar.”

(July 2016)

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