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    Energy & Environment
    Trade Fact of the Week October 6, 2010
    Energy use is the only human activity measured in quadrillions.
    By country, America remains the largest energy user, having topped the 18-digit mark in 2007 at 101 quadrillion BTUs. China ranks second, having doubled energy consumption in this decade and perhaps already surpassing the European Union as a whole. Russia is third at 30 quadrillion, followed by Japan at 22, India at 18 and Germany at 14.


    Trade Fact of the Week September 22, 2010
    This year's Arctic sea-ice minimum was the third-lowest on record.
    Summers from 1979 through 2000, on average, left 6.7 million square kilometers of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice. Since then levels have sharply dropped, with the lowest minimum 2007's 4.28 million sq. kms and this year's 4.76 million the third-lowest. The 1.5 million sq. kms. difference between the 1979-2000 average and the 2007 low point is an area of open water about the size of the Gulf of Mexico.


    Trade Fact of the Week July 21, 2010
    The Kyoto Protocol's emissions targets will probably be met.
    The Kyoto Protocol called on the 40 "Annex 1 countries" to cut their carbon emissions by 5.2 percent, from a rich-country base of 1990's 15.2 billion tons in 1990 to 14.36 billion tons by 2012. The first estimate of 2009 emissions, done by the Netherlands' National Institute for Public Health and Environment, finds them within the Kyoto boundaries at 13.7 billion tons.


    Trade Fact of the Week May 5, 2010
    108 of the world's 202 new nuclear power plants are going up in Asia.
    America's last new nuclear power plant went on-line in 1996; the next generation is underway after a long hiatus, with construction underway on a plant in Georgia. But 108 of the 202 nuclear plants now planned or under construction are in Asia, with 57 in China alone and 24 more in India. Korea will add 12, Japan 14, and ASEAN members eight.


    PPI | Policy Report April 22, 2009
    Essential Lessons from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
    By Derek K. Murrow and Peter Shattuck
    A new paper from PPI highlights three vital lessons from one American program that has already used cap-and-trade to reduce climate-changing emissions.


    DLC | New Dem Of The Week March 17, 2009
    New Dem of the Week: Tobias Read
    With unemployment rates continuing to soar, legislators across the country are looking to create long term solutions to todays problems while also creating jobs. In Oregon, the creation of green-collar jobs has become an important part of the states recovery effort. Last month, Oregon State Representative and DLC Fellow Tobias Read, along with a bipartisan group of legislators, introduced The Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology Act of 2009 (EEAST).


    DLC | New Dem Of The Week March 3, 2009
    New Dem of the Week: Steve Beshear
    With a weak economy and ever tightening budgets, families across America are struggling to pay their high utility bills. In an effort to help low-income families in his state, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the creation of the Clean Energy Corps Pilot Program. Launched last week, the goal is to reduce energy costs in low-income households by assessing the need for energy improvements and making appropriate energy efficiency upgrades.


    DLC | New Dem Of The Week March 2, 2009
    New Dem of the Week: Steve Beshear
    With a weak economy and ever tightening budgets, families across America are struggling to pay their high utility bills. In an effort to help low-income families in his state, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the creation of the Clean Energy Corps Pilot Program. Launched last week, the goal is to reduce energy costs in low-income households by assessing the need for energy improvements and making appropriate energy efficiency upgrades.


    PPI | Front & Center February 24, 2009
    Quicksilver Accord
    By Dr. Jan Mazurek
    After eight years of U.S. reluctance to enter into binding international efforts to combat urgent environmental threats, the Obama administration's early actions on mercury herald a welcome effort to restore U.S. environmental leadership.


    PPI | Front & Center January 26, 2009
    Clean Cars: Putting the United States on the Road to Recovery
    By Dr. Jan Mazurek
    President Barack Obama today signaled his commitment to put the United States on the road to recovery -- while at the same time tackling our dangerous dependence on oil -- by directing the EPA to reconsider California and 18 other states' request to adopt "tailpipe" standards that will cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases implicated in global climate change.


    DLC | Memo to the New President January 15, 2009
    America's Nuclear Waste and What to Do With It
    By Bill Magwood and Mark Ribbing
    A candid discussion is needed -- within your new administration and in the country as a whole -- about nuclear energy, a non-climate- changing power source that is actually capable of generating significant amounts of energy in the near term. The key to making nuclear energy a more viable alternative is the adoption of advanced spent-fuel recycling techniques to deal with one of nuclear power's most vexing problems -- the presence of radioactive waste material.


    PPI | Memo to the New President January 15, 2009
    Establishing a Global Environmental Organization (GEO)
    By Ed Gresser and Jan Mazurek
    Now is your chance to reestablish America's leadership as the founding nation of the environmental movement. A new Global Environmental Organization, featuring full American support and participation, would do exactly that.


    PPI | Memo to the New President January 15, 2009
    Making America the World's Clean-Car Leader
    By Jan Mazurek
    Mr. President, you should call for replacing CAFE with a new standard based on our real aim -- reducing carbon emissions. This would have a galvanic effect on automakers and help make America the world's leader in clean-car technology.


    PPI | Memo to the New President January 15, 2009
    Putting Energy in the White House
    By Dave Edwards
    The United States has the opportunity to be the world's energy innovation leader, creating a cleaner, more secure, and more prosperous future.


    PPI | Memo to the New President December 12, 2008
    Energy Efficiency as Economic Stimulus
    By Daniel Sosland, Derek Murrow, and Samuel Krasnow
    Energy efficiency -- a huge economic category that includes the design and installation of "green" insulation, lighting, building materials, appliances, vehicles, heating-and- cooling systems, and countless other technologies -- fits your economic-stimulus needs ideally, with important additional benefits for the health of our environment and the security of our nation.


    PPI | Policy Report August 22, 2008
    Digging a Deep Hole
    By David J. Hayes
    This paper investigates the problems with the Bush/Cheney approach to our nation's natural resources and the lasting effect it will have on America.


    DLC | New Dem Of The Week August 6, 2008
    New Dem of the Week: Marc Pacheco
    Last Friday with final approval from the Senate, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act, sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Marc R. Pacheco, aimed at reducing the effects of global warming and climate change in the state.


    DLC | New Dem Of The Week July 30, 2008
    New Dem of the Week: Martin O'Malley
    Since taking office 18 months ago, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has pushed an impressive environmental agenda from reducing automobile emissions to increasing renewable energy sources.


    The San Diego Union-Tribune | Opinion July 18, 2008
    Our Energy Future: Moving past the drill or not-drill debate
    By Jan Mazurek
    Americans want a real solution to the nagging question of how to ensure that we have enough energy to keep the economy growing without destroying the environment -- while breaking our dependence on foreign oil.


    DLC | New Dem Of The Week June 25, 2008
    New Dem of the Week: Richard Daley
    Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley understands that we all have a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations. Consequently, the mayor continues to be a leader for all elected officials in undertaking green initiatives.


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