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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Driving Out of the Red with Greener Cars

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
March 24, 2014

Income inequality in California is already high, and it continues to increase. This income inequality is exacerbated by unequal access to jobs, credit, and efficient vehicles. Wages in California's Central Valley are lower than in the rest of the state, and workers there must commute long distances, with little access to alternative transportation, in older, inefficient cars. As a result, some working families in the Central Valley spend as much as a third to half of their income on fueling and maintaining their vehicle.

How We Could Blow the Energy Boom

  • By
  • Jeffrey Leonard,
  • New America Foundation
November 7, 2012 |

For the first time in four decades, spanning the last eight presidents, America is poised to break free of its energy crisis. The country finds itself suddenly awash in domestic energy, especially new supplies of natural gas extracted from shale rock. The economic windfall is already enormous. According to a recent study by energy analysts, consumers saved more than $100 billion in 2010 alone as a direct result of the natural gas boom.

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The Deafening Silence on Climate Change

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
November 4, 2012 |

The Economist, no radical rag, wrote in 2011 that, looking back 100 years from now, the only important question about our current historical moment will be "whether or not we did anything to arrest climate change".

But you would not know it from the prevailing political discourse in the US. Climate change remains the great unmentionable on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, and the mainstream media is doing precious little to call politicians out over their shameful silence.

Ten Questions on Energy and the Environment Obama and Romney Should Answer at the Debate

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
October 2, 2012 |

Environmental issues often get short shrift in US presidential campaigns, and this year’s election has been no exception. In poll after poll, voters report that the economy is the decisive issue. But no economy, and no society, can function without what scientists call nature’s support services. To grow food we need healthy soil, fresh water and a stable climate. To sustain a productive work force, we need clean air and protection from pollution. The economy, to borrow scholar Herman Daly’s phrase, is a subset of the environment; it cannot prosper if the environment is destroyed.

Climate Change Kills 400,000 a Year, New Report Reveals

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
September 28, 2012 |

Nearly 1,000 children a day are now dying because of climate change, according to a path-breaking study published Wednesday (PDF), and the annual death toll stands at 400,000 people worldwide.

Climate change also is costing the world economy $1.2 trillion a year, the equivalent of 1.6 percent of economic output, reports the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, a study commissioned by 20 of the world’s governments whose nations are most threatened by climate change and released on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.

Parents Need to Act Against Climate Change for Their Kids’ Sake

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2012 |

The dream is always the same:

His daughter is crossing the street, holding his hand, when he hears a whistle blow—loud, mournful, insistent. Behind her, in the middle distance, he sees a train racing toward the intersection.

He tightens his grip to hurry them across. But suddenly they’re unable to move, like in the games of freeze tag he played as a boy.

Instantly, his torso drenches in sweat. He shouts to passers-by: “Help us! Stop the train!” But they ignore his cries, as if they can’t hear.

The Sidebar: A Flood of Fossil Fuel and the Behavioral Economics of Soda Bans

June 8, 2012
Host Elizabeth Weingarten talks to Steve LeVine about the environmental downside of the impending oil and natural gas boom, and to Jamie Holmes about whether New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's soda ban can really change consumer behavior.

Can We Survive the New Golden Age of Oil?

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
June 5, 2012 |

Just months after an enormous discovery of natural gas off the coast of Israel, a local company has reported another potentially big strike -- an estimated 1.4 billion barrels of oil, in addition to more natural gas. The company, Israel Opportunity Energy Resources, says it will start drilling by the end of the year. All of a sudden, Israel has found itself a focus of the world's hydrocarbon interest.

California Takes the Lead With New Green Initiatives

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
March 8, 2012 |

California, long America’s environmental trendsetter, is about to push the envelope once again. On May 1, the state will hear from some of the nation’s largest insurance companies about the financial risks climate change poses, not only to the companies but also to their customers and investors. Some 300 firms, representing the vast majority of the U.S.

How a Grassroots Rebellion Won the Nation's Biggest Climate Victory

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
April 23, 2012 |

By most accounts, the summer of 2010—when climate legislation died its slow, agonizing death on Capitol Hill—was not a happy time for environmentalists. So why was Mary Anne Hitt feeling buoyant, even hopeful? Part of the reason, no doubt, were the endorphins of first-time parenthood. Baby Hazel, born in April 2010, was fair like her mother and curly haired like her father. She was also an 11th-generation West Virginian, which perhaps explained her mom's other preoccupation: stopping mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia.

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