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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | June 15, 2007
Idea of the Week: Carbon Limits on Tailpipes
The current national debate on oil dependence and climate change is healthy and robust, and it's a welcome development that Congress -- and to a far lesser extent, even the Bush administration -- is responding to this debate. Tailpipe emissions limits are an important step toward progress on both fronts, and Congress should adopt, not obstruct, this development.

DLC | New Dem Dispatch | March 8, 2007
Idea of the Week: Putting Clean Cars On the Fast Track
Two new PPI reports provide a strategy for speeding up the development and mass commercial use of two "next generation" clean technologies, plug-in hybrid cars and advanced biofuels.

DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 17, 2006
Idea of the Week: A Progressive Energy Platform
Advocates for action on energy policy need to quicken and broaden the energy debate and unite on a practical and comprehensive platform. That's the goal of an important new report from the Progressive Policy Institute.

PPI | Policy Report | October 16, 2006
A Progressive Energy Platform
By Jan Mazurek, Roger Ballentine, Randolph Court and Will Marshall
It is time for progressives to fill the leadership void on energy policy by offering a realistic plan that begins in the here and now and leads quickly to a clean energy future.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
After Oil
By Jan Mazurek
America invented the modern oil economy. Now it's time to invent a post-oil future. Here's how to start.

PPI | Front & Center | April 27, 2006
Running on Empty
By Jan Mazurek
This administration has had six years to formulate an energy policy that will accelerate America's shift from oil to new, "clean energy" sources and technologies. When it comes to energy independence, the needle on the administration's tank is clearly pushing empty.

DLC | New Dem Dispatch | February 3, 2006
Idea of the Week: The Carbon Cure For Oil Addiction
A "tailpipe trading" proposal could produce a political and policy "threefer:" progress towards cleaner air and a slowdown of global climate change; a spur to the kind of innovation carmakers need to survive and thrive; and a big boost towards reducing oil consumption and speeding up the advent of a post-petroleum energy future.

DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 18, 2005
Don't Gut Environmental Protection to Boost Refineries
Temporary refinery logjams, like the one we are experiencing today, are the result of supply-and-price manipulation by OPEC, not regulatory restrictions on refinery construction. And the solution is not to gut environmental protections, but to finally embrace a national energy policy that both diversifies sources of oil and promotes alternative energy technologies.

PPI | Front & Center | May 27, 2004
The High Price of U.S. Oil Addiction
By Ronald E. Minsk
The primary causes of higher oil prices are Saudi decisions to constrain output in the face of growing demand for oil and President Bush's failure to successfully engage with OPEC in order to ensure that it provided enough oil to the market to support moderate prices.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 23, 2004
Tailpipe Revolution
By Roger Ballentine and Jan Mazurek
Stop stalling! Instead of haggling over CAFE standards and a distant hydrogen future, we should use strong market incentives like tailpipe emissions trading to put more clean cars on the road today.

PPI | Policy Report | March 19, 2004
Clean Cars: Kicking America's Oil Habit
By Roger Ballentine and Jan Mazurek
With bold and practical changes, we can meet the challenges of the decade at hand while building a better future in decades to come.

PPI | Front & Center | October 9, 2003
Will Federal Legislation Fix the Grid?
By Peter Fox-Penner
While legislation is absolutely essential to improving reliability and electric industry performance in general, it is nowhere near a complete solution.

DLC | New Dem Daily | September 16, 2003
Bush's Unclear Skies for Utilities
In an appearance at the Monroe Edison coal-fired power plant south of Detroit yesterday, President Bush showed once again that he can talk the talk on the environment, while actually walking backwards.

PPI | Front & Center | August 28, 2003
Ending the Gridlock
By Robert D. Atkinson
The recent Northeast blackout, caused by a system overload, is endemic to our nation's entire transportation and transmission infrastructure. Whether it's transmitting electrons, moving people, or shipping freight, much of our nation's infrastructure is at overcapacity.

PPI | Policy Report | June 6, 2003
Natural Gas: Bridge to a Clean Energy Future
By Chuck Alston
Natural gas is an important case in point for how public policy can realize a "clean growth" strategy that is consistent with progressive goals of abundant and affordable energy, economic prosperity, and across-the-board improvements in environmental quality.

PPI | Policy Report | January 22, 2003
FreedomCAR and Fuel Cells: Toward the Hydrogen Economy?
By Daniel Sperling
If we take these recommendations to heart, FreedomCAR could be the first step toward transforming our automotive and energy industries, and creating a more sustainable transportation and energy system.

PPI | Policy Report | January 22, 2003
Toward Tomorrow's Energy: Speeding the Commercial Use of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
By Peter Hoffmann and Robert Rose
The private sector is showing a strong interest in hydrogen and fuel cells as the dominant fuel source of the 21st century. But concerted government action is necessary to speed the commercial use of these new technologies.

PPI | Backgrounder | August 23, 2002
Clear Skies, Cloudy Climate
By Roger Ballentine and Jan Mazurek
Despite being touted as a key piece of his pro-growth environmental policy, President Bush's "Clear Skies" legislation (S. 2815) is both a step backward on global warming and a disservice to the very energy companies it is designed to appease.

PPI | Policy Report | June 13, 2002
Domestic Oil and Gas Production: Pursuing a Principled Approach
By David J. Hayes
The United States should not pursue a policy that seeks to maximize short-term oil and gas production opportunities from public lands without regard to other important criteria.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2002
Don't Drain America First
By Ronald E. Minsk
True energy independence means reducing the role of oil in our economy.

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