Resources & Publications

E.g., 10/2015
E.g., 10/2015

Labor and the Clean Power Plan

This Sierra Club article provides a good overview of issues and opportunities related to job creation and displacement (and the need to ensure that new jobs are good jobs) in the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Environmental Justice and the Clean Power Plan

This Sierra Club article provides a good overview of many important environmental justice issues related to the design and implemetation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Health disparities, race and asthma

This study looked at the prevalence of asthma across different racial groups in the US, and how those trends have changed over time. It confirms that African Americans are more likely to have asthma than white people in the US, while Hispanics have lower asthma rates than whites.

Competitiveness of Renewables and Efficiency in US Markets, 2015

This report critiques official US government estimates of the costs and growth potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It makes the case that renewable energy and energy efficiency are competitive resources in today's marketplace that can provide cost-effective ways for states to comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan. 

The EPA's Clean Power Plan, Jobs, and Labor

This report summarizes an analysis of the impact on US jobs of the EPA's draft clean power plan, and describes ways organized labor (and allies) can work to shape state implementation plans in ways that advance job growth, protection for displaced workers, environmental justice and climate protection objectives.

How the Clean Power Plan Actually Works

This article does a good job explaining the basics of the EPA's Clean Power Plan which aims to reduce harmful climate pollution from US power plants by 2030.

The Best Value for America's Energy Dollar

This report looks at the costs of various energy efficiency measures and programs being deployed across the US.

The Toll from Coal

This study provides updated information on the burden of death and disease from coal-based electricity production across the United States. Estimated impacts are based on projected power sector emissions in 2010.

Renewable Energy Status Report, 2014

This international report describes the state of renewable energy development around the world. Key findings include: renewable energy technologies set new installation records as their contribution to the global energy mix continued to climb in 2013.

US National Climate Assessment, 2014

The US National Climate Assessment assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century.