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Environmental Stories to Watch in 2009

This publication is a transcript of Jonathan Lash's annual Environmental Stories to Watch address, which he gave on December 17th, 2008 at the Newseum. For the past six years, WRI has invited members of the press to join in a conversation about what we think will be the environmental...

Should Obama Follow Ambitious Recommendations?

The Clean Air Act and new cap-and-trade legislation are both good policy options to address global warming; they can and should be developed simultaneously.

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Bottom Line on Energy Savings Certificates

Energy savings certificates (ESCs) are used in some states as a mechanism through which third parties, such as commercial and industrial companies, can help utilities comply with energy efficiency targets. This issue explains ESCs and discusses their role in compliance markets.

Will The Economic Crisis Stall Energy Projects?

Will the nation's economic downturn dampen the availability of private funding for new power generation and transmission infrastructure?

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Presiding with Principle

Restoring Good Governance in the U.S. Executive Branch, and Why Voters Should Care

This paper describes how social and environmental objectives have been undermined when past U.S. administrations have failed to respect the basic principles of participatory democracy and informed decision-making.

Federalism in the Greenhouse

Defining a Role for States in a Federal Cap-and-Trade Program

This policy brief presents the competing arguments for state-led and federal-led climate legislation, and argues for a third—“hybrid”—approach that maximizes the strengths of each level of government.

Mayors "Get It" on Climate Change

Ironically, the most ambitious U.S. action in the fight against global warming is coming from big cities and their mayors.

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The (Really) Big Picture on Energy Policy

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p>Climate change, national security, and energy are inter-connected through our persistent and growing dependence on fossil fuels. We must address all three.

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