government policy


Now is Not the Time to Drill in the Arctic

The Obama administration's conditional approval of Shell's Arctic drilling plans are shortsighted and could have devastating environmental consequences.
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Follow the Leader: Hawaii Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The Hawaii state legislature has just passed a bill freeing the state from fossil fuel dependency, putting it on course for 100 percent…

The Politics of Online Petitioning As We Head Toward 2016

Political parties, candidates and related advocacy groups are using petitions to build awareness for their platforms and reach prospective voters.
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LEDs and the Sustainable Future of Emergency Response

In the emergency sector, where every second counts, the safety of lives and properties might solely hinge on the arrival time of first…
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The Most and Least Eco-Friendly States of 2015

As the celebration of Earth Month wraps ups, WalletHub's recently-released study citing America’s most and least eco-friendly states takes the temperature of how…
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.

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…

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…

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…
The 12 Best Practices were developed from a national survey and funded by the DOE Sunshot Initiative.  (Click to enlarge)

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…
Pie chart of energy sources in CO

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…

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…