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On the Rise: Solar Thermal Power and the Fight Against Global Warming

Preventing catastrophic global warming will require the United States to shift away from highly polluting sources of power and toward clean, renewable energy. On the Rise finds that concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies—which use the sun’s heat to generate electricity—can make a large contribution toward reducing global warming pollution in the United States, and do so quickly and at a reasonable cost. CSP can also reduce other environmental impacts of electric power production, while sparking economic development and creating jobs.

(March 2008)
A Better Way to Go: Meeting America's Transportation Needs with Modern Public Transit

Public transportation in America saves vast amounts of oil, reduces highway congestion, curbs emissions of global warming pollutants, and provides a host of other benefits. A Better Way to Go calculates the benefits of public transportation in cities across the country and makes the case for investing in a 21st century transportation system with clean, efficient transit at its core.

(March 2008)
Falling Behind: New England Must Act Now to Reduce Global Warming Pollution

Recognizing the danger presented by global warming, in 2001 the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers adopted a landmark commitment to reduce the region’s emissions of global warming pollution to 1990 levels by 2010 and to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. An analysis of global warming emission data for 2005, the most recent year available, shows that New England is not on track to meet the targets for global warming pollution reductions set by the New England governors in 2001. However, the good news for New England is that global warming pollution fell slightly from 2004 to 2005—the first year-to-year decrease since 2001—and that several indicators suggest that the decrease in emissions continued and accelerated in 2006.

(March 2008)
Getting California on Track: Seven Strategies to Reduce Global Warming Pollution from Transportation

Transportation is California’s largest source of global warming pollution and any strategies to achieve the state’s aggressive emission reduction targets must reduce pollution from cars and trucks. Getting California on Track describes seven strategies – from investments in public transportation and high-speed rail to measures to curb emissions from heavy-duty trucks – that the state can use to reduce global warming pollution from transportation.

(April 2008)
Energy Saved, Dollars Earned: Real-World Examples of How Energy Efficiency Can Benefit Maryland Consumers

Electricity and natural gas prices have jumped, millions of dollars are leaving the state to pay for fuel imports, and Maryland will likely face rolling electric blackouts as early as 2011. Energy Saved, Dollars Earned demonstrates that the fastest, cheapest and cleanest way to address this crisis is to increase energy efficiency, so that we can get more heat, light, and work from the energy we already use. For guidance, Maryland can look to states across the country that have adopted strategies to increase energy efficiency. These programs deliver dollar savings for the citizens, businesses and institutions that participate. Moreover, they reduce costs, improve the reliability of the energy system, delay the need to build new power plants, slow rising energy prices, create jobs, and strengthen the economy for society as a whole.

(February 2008)