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Posts Tagged ‘Environment America’

Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in America

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Figure ES-1. Solar Electricity Technical Potential Compared with Electricity Consumption

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA
Nationally, solar PV capacity increased at a rate of 77 percent per year from 2010 to 2013. If solar installations continue to increase at less than one-third of that annual rate of growth (22 percent) between 2013 and 2030, America would have enough solar energy to generate 10 percent of its electricity.

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Fracking by the Numbers

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Fracking by the Numbers

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA
Our analysis shows that damage from fracking is widespread and occurs on a scale unimagined just a few years ago. Moreover, three factors suggest that the total damage from fracking is far worse than we have tabulated here. Severe limitations in available data constrain our ability to see the full extent of the damage. Second, there are broad categories of fracking damage—such as the number of water wells contaminated—that would be difficult to ascertain under any circumstances. Finally, there remain major gaps in the scientific community’s understanding of issues such as the long-term consequences of pumping toxic fluids into the ground.

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Who Pays the Cost of Fracking?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Who Pays the Cost of Fracking?

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA Introduction America is in the midst of a fracking boom … and a fracking bust. In North Dakota, times are booming. The state has rapidly become the nation’s second-largest oil producer due to the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (the combination of technologies used in fracking) to tap oil supplies from […]

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Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA Executive Summary Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in […]

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A Double Success: Tackling Global Warming While Growing the Economy

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA
The Northeast can make a meaningful contribution to reducing the impacts of global warming. In 2010, the 10 Northeastern states then participating in RGGI emitted 533 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon dioxide pollution from energy use. Were the Northeast its own country, its emissions would rank 10th in the world, ahead of the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil and France.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Margie Alt, Environment America

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Margie Alt is the executive director of Environment America. She oversees all aspects of the organization, including policy and strategy development for major campaigns; building the organization’s membership, visibility and field power; and recruiting and training hundreds of staff and activists. Under Margie’s direction the Environment America federation has grown to include 29 state-based groups, […]

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The Nuclear Bailout

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA
New nuclear reactors are not cheap, not clean, and will set America back in the race against global warming. Most importantly, they are not necessary. Clean energy technologies can begin cutting global warming pollution right away, do so at lower cost and with less risk, and will create more jobs in the process.

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