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How to Cut Carbon and Save Money: RGGI Delivers Yet Again

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Yesterday the nine states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released a report that highlights the continuing success of the nation’s longest-running carbon market. The big takeaway: yes, it is possible to tackle our climate and energy challenges while delivering huge benefits to consumers! Read more >

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Diesel vs Hybrids: The Costs and Benefits of Both (And a Shiny Calculator!)

, vehicles analyst

If you’re thinking about buying a vehicle, chances are you’ve noticed a number of automakers touting the benefits of new “clean diesel” vehicles with fuel efficiencies of 40 to 45 mpg on the highway. That sounds awfully high – but what does it mean, and how does it compare to the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicles on the road, hybrids? Read more >

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Fording an Energy Fjord: Norway’s Oil Savings

, policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

When it comes to investing in clean transportation solutions, Norway is doing it right. Or should I say, Norway is gjør det riktig. The country famous for Vikings, the perfect complement to bagels and cream cheese, and Johan Olav Koss, is also a good example of a country working to reduce their oil use through transforming their transportation sector.

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Save Money, Cut Emissions, and Create Jobs: The Benefits of Half the Oil

, policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Let’s be real. You probably already know that our oil use causes problems. It’s dirty, hard to clean up, tied to large corporations that wield significant influence over our political system, and is the largest single source of CO2 emissions in the U.S. We also use a lot of it – almost 2 million barrels (roughly 78 million gallons) every single day. So, it should be no surprise that UCS is working on a realistic plan to cut our projected oil use in half – in only 20 years. Read more >

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The Levy Nuclear Project: Boondoggle or Mirage?

, dir. of energy policy & regulation, Climate & Energy

The tortured saga of the proposed Levy 1&2 nuclear reactors in central Florida will continue, at least for now. As it stands, the project is closely tracking the sorry history of the first generation of nuclear reactors built in this country: vastly over budget and behind schedule. Read more >

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