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A Blueprint for Action: Meeting Colorado's Goals for Reducing Global Warming Pollution

Global warming poses a serious threat to Colorado’s future. The state has already begun to respond to the problem, but additional action is needed if Colorado is going to do its share to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. A Blueprint for Action describes 16 policy steps that, if taken, would reduce the state’s global warming emissions to 23 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

(December 2007)
When It Rains, It Pours: Global Warming and the Rising Frequency of Extreme Precipitation in the United States

Scientists expect that global warming will cause rainstorms and snowstorms to be more intense – increasing the risk of flooding and other impacts. When It Rains, It Pours evaluates trends in the frequency of storms with extreme levels of rainfall or snowfall across the contiguous United States over the last 60 years, finding that storms with extreme amounts of rain or snowfall are happening more often across most of America, consistent with the predicted impact of global warming.

(December 2007)
Still in the Dark: California Consumers' Search for Answers About How Companies Share Their Personal Information

Consumers often have little knowledge of, or control over, how companies with which they do business share their personal information. In 2003, California enacted the first-of-its-kind “Shine the Light” law, which gave consumers tools to learn about sharing of their personal information. Still in the Dark reports on California consumers’ experiences with using the law to find out about the sharing of personal information and concludes that both companies and policy-makers need to do a better job of protecting consumers’ privacy.

(December 2007)
America's Clean Energy Stars: State Actions Leading America to a New Energy Future

America is in the midst of a clean energy boom, and state governments are taking the lead. States across the country have adopted creative policy tools such as renewable electricity standards, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs, and aggressive building energy codes. America’s Clean Energy Stars highlights the states that have adopted cutting-edge clean energy policies and identifies “rising stars” that are moving toward a new energy future.

(November 2007)
Cutting Pollution, Cutting Costs: How New Jersey Can Maximize the Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

New Jersey and nine other northeastern states took a pioneering step to address global warming with adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first regional cap-and-trade program for global warming pollution in the nation’s history. The RGGI agreement, however, gives individual states discretion over how to implement key parts of the program. Cutting Pollution, Cutting Costs describes how New Jersey can maximize the benefits of RGGI by auctioning pollution allowances and avoiding loopholes that would weaken the program.

(October 2007)