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

, lead 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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Renewable Electricity Standards Deliver the Goods

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Recent efforts to repeal renewable electricity standards (RES) by fossil-fuel backed opponents have been thwarted in Kansas and North Carolina. The reason? As a newly released review of state RES policies by the Union of Concerned Scientists report clearly shows, these popular, bipartisan policies are working effectively all over the country; affordably driving new renewable energy development and delivering substantial economic benefits to states and local communities in the process. Simply put, the facts on the ground are proving difficult to overcome for those seeking to roll back progress toward a clean energy economy. Read more >

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The Lacey Act: Protecting the Protector

, former policy analyst, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative

Question: Which U.S. law that protects endangered species, tropical forests, and U.S. jobs is now in need of  protection itself?

Answer: The Lacey Act.

For the last 100 years the Lacey Act has protected endangered species within the United States by making it illegal to transport them across state lines. In 2008, the act was amended to include a ban on the importation of illegally harvested timber from foreign countries. Now these amendments are under attack in Congress.

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When Trying to Create Jobs, a Focus on Regulation is Misplaced

, former science policy fellow

This morning’s Washington Post has an important article that highlights what we’ve been pointing out for months: science-based government regulations, many of which are put forward to protect our health and safety, have minimal impact on the nation’s ability to grow or lose jobs. Read more >

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Oil For Jobs – Why Fuel Economy Standards Are Good for the Economy

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Jobs are pretty much the talk of the town these days. Politicians want to create them, the employed want to keep them, and the unemployed want to get them.  At the same time the vast majority of American consumers, nearly 90 percent according to this Consumer Federation of America Survey, think its important to reduce our oil consumption.

What if we could trade some of our oil dependence for more jobs? Read more >

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