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Sen. Gaylord Nelson, often called the "father of Earth Day," chats with children in a Wisconsin marshland.

3p Weekend: The History of Earth Day — In Less Than 5 Minutes

Even as the cynic within us gripes about yet another Earth Day, it's important to remember how the tradition began. Ready for a…
The polarized debate over fracking is in need of a pragmatic third option.

Fracking Pragmatism: Voluntary Standards for Shale Development

The polarized debate over fracking is getting us nowhere. Voluntary standards for responsible practices offer a new, productive middle ground.
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Research Group Blames Politics for Tax Filing Problems

Tax filing is a headache, and that's why some 80 million Americans invest in professional tax preparation. But it doesn't have to be…
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Policy Points: How Tax Inversions Hurt Smaller Businesses

Unfortunately, this Tax Day, some companies will shoulder a smaller tax burden than others -- a few will have none at all. It…
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Cutting California Emissions by 40 Percent: A Blueprint for Climate Leadership

California is America’s climate policy leader, home to both the country’s biggest clean energy industry and an internationally-linked carbon market being modeled across…
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Transportation Planning, Liquid Asphalt and the Road Ahead

Are we making policy decisions that leverage our transportation infrastructure investments? Alternative fuels and alternative-fuel based vehicles don't just have a positive impact…
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Colorado’s Solar-Friendly Communities Go National

Solar Communities is a program that helps local governments implement 12 best practices for rooftop solar, breaking through red tape and making residential…
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Obama Administration to Curb Coal Mining on Federal Land

Remember the federal land being leased to coal mining companies for next to nothing? Interior Secretary Sally Jewell finally spoke out against the…
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Renewables Mandate in Colorado Survives Rollback Attempt

Renewables in Colorado have grown tremendously since the state implemented its Renewable Energy Standard in 2004 -- creating 22,000 jobs. But the standard…
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Policy Points: Bringing America’s Workforce into the 21st Century

What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They’re the only two countries that don’t guarantee paid time off…
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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Pushes For Distributed Wind

A group of Senators recently urged the U.S. Department of Energy to continue funding programs for the domestic distributed wind energy industry. What's…
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California Governor Calls for 50 Percent Renewables By 2030

During Gov. Jerry Brown’s inaugural address, he called for California to generate 50 percent of its power from renewables by 2030.
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Policy Points: Three Signs of Hope from 2014

For a year that didn't exactly inspire confidence in policy-making generally, 2014 was actually a better year for sustainable policy than one might…
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Policy Points: After 2014 Elections, More Uncertainty Ahead

The 2014 elections marked a lot of change. One thing that is debatable: What’s going to happen as a result.
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On Climate Change, Who’s Hoaxing Who?

Inhofe says, “The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the…