Despite gridlock in Congress and the political dominance of fossil fuel interests on energy and climate policy in Washington, DC, the United States can dramatically reduce global warming emissions, according to a new study released today by environmental groups, national opinion leaders and labor and business organizations.
A comprehensive strategy to get off oil can reduce oil dependence by 79 billion gallons per year—more than all of our imports from OPEC nations, according to the new report, “Getting Off Oil: A 50 State Roadmap to Curbing Our Dependence on Petroleum,” released today by Environment America.
The Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is helping states from Maryland to Maine meet their energy challenges by providing investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, cutting pollution and curbing dependence on fossil fuels, according to a report released today by Environment America. According to the report, "A Program that Works: How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is Helping the Northeast Shift to Clean Energy and Reduce Pollution from Fossil Fuels," the program had already led to nearly $450 million in clean energy These investments led to over $1 billion in energy savings and contributing $2.6 billion to economic growth in the region, as of the end of May 2011.
With an approaching June 18 deadline for Southern Company to decide whether to accept $8.33 billion in federal loan guarantees, Environment America released a new report that exposes risks to taxpayers, ratepayers and the environment According to The Nuclear Bailout: President Obama’s high risk gamble on new reactors undermines the fight against global warming, these first-ever nuclear loan guarantees to build two more reactors at the Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia are unnecessary and would undermine efforts to solve global warming.
As the average price of gas creeps closer to $4 per gallon and Americans brace for further price increases, a new Environment America Research & Policy Center report finds that more fuel efficient cars would save the average American family $513 at the gas pump this summer alone. The report was released as the Obama administration is developing new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks.