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The most important of PCAP’s previous reports and studies.

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What Are Americans Thinking About Energy?

As we move closer to mid-term elections, polling by Gallup, released in April 2018, found that American concerns about energy are at the lowest level in two decades or more. However, Americans still prefer environmental protection, energy conservation and alternative energy over producing more fossil fuels. Here are Gallups results:

GOP Alienates Young Conservatives on Climate Change

Commentary by Kiera O’Brien and Ben Zollinger published originally in February by CNBC

The Republican Party is alienating an entire generation of young conservative voters by continuing to downplay climate science and sidestep solutions.

Among the many internal battles over the heart and soul of the GOP, the most overlooked yet consequential may center on energy and environmental policy. Here, party leaders risk driving away the millennial generation that is the future of both parties, and already the largest voting bloc

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What’s New?

The Good Tax

Is there such a thing as a good tax? Former Gov. Bill Ritter of PCAP’s National Advisory Committee argues that there is. New research from MIT and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that a carbon tax can have economic, social and environmental benefits.

Restoring the Presidency

The Brennan Center for Justice has launched a bipartisan task force to identify how fundamental norms and rules can be restored in the American presidency after the tenure of Donald Trump. Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a member of PCAP’s National Advisory Committee, is one of the task force co-chairs. Here, she and co-chair Preet Bharara explain what they have in mind. Their op-ed first appeared in USA Today.

The First Climate Election

Bill Becker posts a series of blogs on the importance of this year’s midterm elections to climate action in the U.S.

Part 1: The Big Issues

Donald Trump’s performance,  the flaws in our democracy and climate change should be among the issues in the 2018 midterm elections.

Part 2: Unrigging Democracy

Democracy is being sabotaged, and not just be the Russians. Here’s how and what we can do about it.

Part 3: No More Nice Days.

Why 2018 and 2020 should be America’s historic climate elections.

We can fight climate change without Washington.

By Bill McKibben
A frontal approach to climate action in the United States may not be successful, but the flanks are wide open

U.S. Military assesses its climate vulnerability

In its latest vulnerability assessment, the Department of Defense says half its facilities are vulnerable to climate effects.

This map from the Department of Defense shows the military sites in the lower 48 states that are vulnerable to flooding, extreme temperatures, wind, drought and/or wildfires.

Antidotes to the Poison of Campaign Finance

By Timothy E. Wirth
Secret and corrupting funding will always try to find a way into politics, but as in the past, our democracy can survive and succeed if citizens and their..

Finding Freedom in Restraint

By William D. Ruckelshaus Whether you believe it a moral obligation to care for other living things or an intelligent instinct for self-preservation, we need collectively to constrain our conduct so we…

GOP Alienates

The data in these graphs are from a report commissioned by the Alliance for Market Solutions, using the results of a study by Echelon Insights including a survey of 800 registered voters age 18-35 and from focus groups of young right-of-center adults in Charlotte, NC, during January 2018.

“As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
“We have, I hope, finally put to rest the false choice between the economy and the environment, for we have the strongest economy perhaps in our history, with a cleaner environment.”
President Bill Clinton
“The great question of the seventies is, shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and to our water?”
President Richard M. Nixon
“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”
Barack H. Obama
“Laws change; people die; the land remains.”
President Abraham Lincoln