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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)
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)
Unprotected Shoreline: Failures in Limiting Development Along the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays

Pollution from a variety of sources, coupled with the rampant destruction of coastal wetlands, has degraded water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, harming wildlife and threatening Marylanders’ enjoyment of the bay. To protect water quality in the bay, Maryland adopted the Critical Area Act in 1984. Unfortunately, with weak enforcement mechanisms, broad loopholes, and 64 separate jurisdictions implementing their own standards, the Critical Area Act has failed to stop many irresponsible developments that continue to threaten the health of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and Maryland’s Atlantic coastal bays. Addressing the shortcomings illustrated in this report could bolster Maryland’s ability to encourage development that protects the state’s natural resources.

(February 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)