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New Hampshire’s Political Winds Help New Hampshire’s Environment
by Tom Irwin

Two years ago, Republicans dominated New Hampshire’s elections at every level, winning races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, taking complete control of New Hampshire’s Executive Council, and locking up strong majorities in the state legislature.  On Tuesday, the political pendulum swung back in a way that is likely to end some unfortunate…

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Regional Greenhouse Gas program is a win for the economy and environment – so let’s do more!
by Seth Kaplan

A study released today documents the powerful benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation-leading effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants while building up energy efficiency and clean energy efforts in the states. The study found that RGGI created $1.6 Billion in net economic…

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Attempt to undermine RGGI fails
by Seth Kaplan

RGGI, the regional program to regulate emissions of Carbon Dioxide (the primary pollutant causing global warming) from power plants, like all sophisticated auctions and markets can only function if critical “insider” information is kept confidential.

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Bridging the gap between walkers, bikers, riders and drivers on Longfellow Bridge
by Rafael Mares

Boston’s iconic Longfellow Bridge serves as a poster child for public transit. Every few minutes, the bridge transports Red Line commuters between Boston and Cambridge, affording its passengers a breathtaking view of the Charles River and Boston skyline– and the parallel lanes of bumper-to-bumper vehicle traffic that the speeding train leaves in its wake. While that’s a positive situation for MBTA riders, it’s a dangerous one for the rest of the city’s commuters who don’t cross the bridge by car– cyclists and pedestrians.

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We have laboratories for new federal laws – they are called states
by Seth Kaplan

The Boston Globe ran an interesting essay in its Ideas section on whether we should do “randomized trials’ of new laws before applying them to our entire society and economy. Louis Brandeis, a great Boston lawyer before ascending to the Supreme Court once eloquently and clearly presented the mechanism we have long had in place…

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Connecting the dots of denial
by Seth Kaplan

(Updated 9/15/2010) In a recent issue of the New Yorker staff writer Jane Meyer leads us all on a guided tour of the machinery, machinations and massive expenditures that the billionaire Koch brothers have poured into organizations like the Orwellian named “Americans for Prosperity” that, among other things, are dedicated to stopping progress in the…