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U.S. Companies are Investing in Climate Resilient Infrastructure, the United States Must Also

The U.S. private sector is already learning the lessons from extreme weather caused by climate change. Companies throughout the country are investing billions to protect their infrastructure. Even the oil companies—notorious climate change deniers—are protecting their multibillion-dollar infrastructure assets from rising sea levels, more severe storms and hotter temperatures.

No Reason to Think that Attorney General Sessions Will Act as Independent Check on...

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Michele Jawando, Vice President for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement

On First Day in Office, Trump Makes it More Expensive for Americans to Buy...

After being sworn into office today, the administration of President Donald Trump moved to raise Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, premiums for new homebuyers by 25 basis points. This action, which reverses an Obama administration move to lower premiums by 25 basis points, will cost a new homebuyer an additional $500 on their housing payments in 2017. The lower premium rate, the FHA estimated, could have made homeownership affordable for an additional 250,000 first-time homebuyers in the next three years

President-elect Trump Once Thought a Clean Energy Economy Was Good for Business, and It...

Eight years ago, Donald Trump and his children—Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric—joined dozens of other business leaders on an open letter to world leaders urging them to secure an ambitious global agreement on climate change. At the time, they called the consequences of inaction “catastrophic and irreversible” and the science supporting these facts “irrefutable.” The signees argued that investing in a clean energy economy was the right way to mitigate the harmful emissions putting the planet at risk

CAP VP for Energy Policy Greg Dotson on Nomination of Rick Perry as Energy...

Center for American Progress Vice President for Energy Policy Greg Dotson issued the following statement on the nomination of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to be the next secretary of energy

HUD Secretary Needs Housing or Community Development Experience, Says CAP’s Housing Policy Director on...

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Dr. Ben Carson to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. Sarah Edelman, Director of Housing Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement

CAP’s David Hayes on BLM’s Solar and Wind Energy Development Rule

Center for American Progress Senior Fellow David Hayes issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management released its final rule governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The rule will create a new leasing program to support renewable energy through competitive leasing and encourage development in suitable areas.

Today’s Housing Market Fails to Fully Meet Needs of Extended Families, New CAP Report...

xtended families—households that include grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, siblings and other relatives living together—compromise 17 percent of households. Yet, today’s housing market does not meet the needs of these families, a new report released today by the Center for American Progress shows. CAP’s report highlights how existing housing stock is less suited to the realities of today’s modern households, particularly for the greater number of adults who live together as part of extended and multigenerational families.

America’s Dams Are in Disrepair; CAP Report Calls for New Thinking on Future of...

With an uptick in extreme weather events and a majority of American dams approaching the end of their expected lifespans, it is time to rethink public policy on dams, according to a new report out today by the Center for American Progress. The report release coincides with an event hosted by CAP titled, “Assessing the Condition of America’s Dams and Rivers.”

CAP to Host Discussion on the Future of Our Aging Dam Infrastructure

The Center for American Progress will host a panel discussion October 18 at 10 a.m., on efforts to modernize the management of dam infrastructure, remove unneeded dams, and restore the health of American rivers.

CAP’s Laura E. Durso on New HUD Rule Providing Equal Access to Shelters Based...

Laura E. Durso, Senior Director for the Center for American Progress LGBT Research and Communications Project, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new rule ensuring equal access to shelters for transgender Americans based on their gender identity

Clean Power Plan Will Expedite Transition to Renewables, Cut Toxic Air Pollution

With oral arguments on the Clean Power Plan scheduled for next week in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Center for American Progress released a short analysis of the benefits of the Clean Power Plan for the climate and human health.

CAP’s David J. Hayes on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Center for American Progress Senior Fellow David J. Hayes released the following statement today about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s release of the final Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which will help balance renewable energy development and conservation on approximately 10 million acres of public lands in California

At CAP, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro to Address Lead...

Over the past several months, national outrage around Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis has increased attention on the critical issue of childhood lead poisoning. Decades after ending the use of lead in paint and other sources, lead poisoning remains one of the nation’s most devastating health threats, affecting more than 535,000 children each year—particularly in low-income communities. Such exposure diminishes children’s reading and learning abilities and increases their likelihood of dropping out of school.

CAP Report Outlines a Comprehensive Approach to U.S. Infrastructure for the 21st Century and...

Many of America’s critical infrastructure assets have come to the end of their useful life and need major repairs or reconstruction. Additionally, over the next 50 years, the United States will add nearly 100 million people, requiring system expansion in order to meet growing demand for mobility, clean water, and flood control, to name only a few areas. Yet, for too long, Congress has failed to provide robust funding to meet our national needs. This has left state and local governments without a strong federal partner

With the Rise of Distributed Solar, Net Energy Metering is Causing Utilities, Policymakers, and...

With the falling cost of consumer renewable energy sources such as distributed solar, more and more Americans are generating their own electricity and selling it back to the grid—a process known as net energy metering. However, as net metering has increased the amount of distributed solar deployed, utilities, policymakers, and consumers have debated how to pay for services provided by these distributed energy resources and the grid

New CAP Report Explores Potential of Community Land Trusts to Provide, Protect Affordable Housing...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- A new report from the Center for American Progress explores the potential of community land trusts to provide and...

CAP’s Infrastructure Director on WMATA “SafeTrack” Service Plan Announcement

Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement today after the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or WMATA, announced its “SafeTrack” plan, which will involve months of track shutdowns and single-tracking for Washington’s Metro system.

CAP Report on Building Climate Resilient Midwestern Cities Shows Innovative Ways Localities Are Improving...

As global temperatures rise, cities in the Great Lakes region are adjusting to a new normal of more frequent and intense storms, heavy downpours, heat waves, and cold snaps. By far the hardest hit by extreme weather are those people in the region’s low-income communities and communities of color. The Center for American Progress has released a report analyzing steps that several Midwestern cities are taking to improve social equity and climate change resilience in these communities.

CAP Report Says Government Should Follow Lead of Private Sector and Assume a Proxy...

The world is pivoting toward clean energy as it unites to fight climate change. This creates both financial risks and opportunities: Some projects will become increasingly economical while others become increasingly costly or noncompetitive.

CAP, City of Cleveland and Cleveland State University to Host Summit on April 20...

The Center for American Progress, the city of Cleveland and Cleveland State University will host a summit and dialogue on April 20 in Cleveland, Ohio, with Midwestern city and community leaders to discuss successful strategies to improve social equity and climate change resilience in low-income communities

HUD’s New Guidance on Criminal Records in Housing Is a Great Step for Second...

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, released guidance on Monday for landlords and sellers on consideration of criminal records in housing, making it clear that blanket bans on renting or selling to anyone with a criminal record constitute illegal discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act. This measure will go a long way toward giving returning citizens and all Americans with criminal records a fair shot at securing safe and stable housing for themselves and their families. Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response

CAP’s Housing Policy Director Applauds FHA Changes to Loan-Level Certification Form

Today, the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, announced changes to its loan-level certification form to provide additional clarification to the mortgage industry while maintaining the ability to hold lenders accountable for serious underwriting errors. Some mortgage lenders asserted that the previous language was unclear and potentially held them liable for a slew of small underwriting errors in the case of a borrower default, while other lenders said that this lack of clarity may prevent them from originating FHA-insured loans in the future

CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden on Stay of Clean Power Plan

In response to the decision announced tonight by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily stay the Clean Power Plan pending litigation, Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement

Testing and the Every Student Succeeds Act: Toward a Coherent, Aligned Assessment System

The newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA—which replaces No Child Left Behind—includes a number of key provisions that are aimed at addressing the problems with today’s testing systems in schools. The new law provides an opportunity for states and districts to move toward more coherent, aligned assessment systems that support student learning. There is a risk, however, that states and districts might not take advantage of this opportunity and might instead continue on their current paths

CAP’s Matt Lee-Ashley on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Proposal to Cut Methane...

Matt Lee-Ashley, Senior Fellow and Director of Public Lands at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s proposed rule to cut methane pollution from oil and gas development on public lands

CAP to Hold Conversation on Building Transgender-Inclusive Faith Communities

As the debate around the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people in America’s faith traditions continues to grow, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion on building transgender-inclusive churches and synagogues and discuss the case for trans affirmation and welcome in communities of faith based on Scripture and theology.

In Manchester, CAP’s Neera Tanden and New Hampshire CEOs Discuss Building a Family-Friendly Economy

Today, in Manchester, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden joined local business leaders—Bill Whyte, CEO and founder of W.S. Badger Company Inc. in Gilsum; Howard Brodsky, chairman and co-CEO of CCA Global Partners in Manchester;Joseph Keefe, president and CEO of Pax World Management in Portsmouth; and Gary Hirshberg, chairman and former president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry—for a lunchtime conversation focused on making the economic and business case for quality child care, paid leave, and other policies that support families and strengthen the economy.


New York’s Energy Czar, Richard Kauffman, Receives SEIA Solar Champion Award

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented Richard Kauffman, New York’s chairman of energy and finance and NYSERDA Board chair, with the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar energy in America.



New Report Reveals Venues Across the Globe are Embracing LEED Green...

USGBC released its LEED in Motion: Venues report, which highlights the efforts of convention centers, sports venues, performing arts centers, community centers and public assembly spaces to transform their environmental, social and economic footprint through LEED certification. The report showcases some of the most impressive green venues around the world.