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Fracking by the Numbers: The Damage to Our Water, Land and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling

Fracking has led to tremendous environmental harm and put the health and safety of communities across the country at risk. Since 2005, according to industry and state data, at least 137,000 fracking wells have been drilled or permitted in more than 20 states. Fracking by the Numbers quantifies some of the key environmental and public health-related impacts triggered by fracking during the technology’s decade-long spread across the country, including water and chemicals used, wastewater production, methane emissions, and land disturbed.

(April 2016)
Following the Money 2016: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

State governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Public accountability helps ensure that state funds are spent as wisely as possible. Following the Money 2016 is the seventh annual evaluation of state transparency websites. It finds that states continue to make progress toward comprehensive, one-stop, one-click transparency and accountability for state government spending.

(April 2016)
Shining Cities 2016: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Shining Cities: How Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, the third edition of our series ranking cities by installed solar PV capacity, shows that the cities with thriving solar markets are those with smart policies that make solar energy both accessible and affordable to their residents.

(April 2016)
We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America

America can address our largest environmental challenges by shifting to 100 percent renewable energy. We Have the Power harnesses the evidence for why a transition to 100 percent renewable energy is both necessary and achievable and highlights the technologies and tools that can get us there.

(March 2016)
Solar Schools for Philadelphia: Clean Air, Green Jobs, and Financial Savings

Solar energy is booming across the country, and with good reason. Solar panels generate emission-free energy, at a price increasingly competitive with electricity generated from dirty fossil fuels. Solar Schools for Philadelphia explains how the city's schools, taxpayers, and environment would benefit from an effort to put solar panels on every Philadelphia school.

(March 2016)

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