Center for American Progress. November 19, 2013.
Millions of young Americans are struggling to find work, and even those who have a job have no guarantee of economic security. To the contrary, Millennials are disproportionately stuck in low-quality jobs that lack sufficient pay and adequate workplace protections. With a 14 percent unemployment rate among Americans under age 25, job creation is necessary to generate economic opportunities for Millennials. But an economy that works for young Americans also requires high-quality jobs that ensure a middle-class standard of living. [Note: contains copyrighted material]
http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Jobs4Millennials.pdf [PDF format, 10 pages]
Center for American Progress. July 2013.
The United States is currently experiencing a boom in natural-gas production and use due to advances in drilling and extraction technologies. Natural gas has been celebrated as a so-called bridge to a clean energy future and climate stabilization. This report finds that natural gas has an important role to play in achieving the emissions reductions necessary to stabilize the climate and prevent the worst impacts of global warming. In the near term, natural gas presents opportunities to reduce carbon pollution insofar as it burns more cleanly than coal and can be used to significantly replace coal in the generation of electricity. It also presents opportunities in the transportation sector, as natural-gas vehicles are a cleaner alternative to traditional vehicles and increasingly are being used in both private and public fleets. In addition, the natural-gas expansion may present some near-term economic benefits for middle- and lower-income Americans by creating jobs and stimulating the manufacturing sector. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/NaturalGasReport.pdf [PDF format, 26 pages].
Environment America. July 2013.
Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in the United States. The price of solar energy is falling rapidly, and each year tens of thousands of additional Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun, generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business. America’s solar energy revolution has been led by 12 states – the “Dazzling Dozen” – that have used public policies to open the door for solar energy and are reaping the rewards as a result. The pathway to a solar future laid out by the Dazzling Dozen is open to every state. By following their lead and implementing a new wave of public policies to expand access to solar energy, the United States can work toward the goal of getting at least 10 percent of our energy from the sun by 2030. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
Center for American Progress. June 2013.
Concentrating solar power—also known as concentrated solar power, concentrated solar thermal, and CSP—is a cost-effective way to produce electricity while reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, improving domestic energy-price stability, reducing carbon emissions, cleaning our air, promoting economic growth, and creating jobs. Concentrating solar power has recently garnered the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy. The agency has created the SunShot Initiative to lead research into the technology—work that aims to increase efficiency, lower costs, and deliver more reliable performance from concentrating solar power. Additionally, high-profile U.S.-based companies such as IBM have invested in CSP research. As the White House prepares a climate-change-reform agenda that embodies the bold spirit of this year’s State of the Union address, in which President Barack Obama emphasized executive authority to regulate greenhouse gases, Congress has begun debating the nation’s new energy future. Concentrating solar power should be a key component of this dialogue. Some are concerned that clean technologies are too immature and unreliable to produce the vast stores of affordable baseload energy needed to power the 21st century American economy. Others are worried that the nation cannot switch to carbon-free electricity without ruining the economy. CSP technology, however, presents a compelling response to each of these concerns. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/PoolSolarPower-report-3.pdf [PDF format, 34 pages].
Center for Global Development. May 16, 2013.
Do immigrants create jobs or take jobs away? This report answers this question for one important sector of the American economy, agriculture, by looking at the case of North Carolina farms. Analyzing data from North Carolina farms, the report shows that foreign agriculture workers fill jobs that native workers will not, and that by filling these jobs, foreign workers benefit North Carolina’s economy and create jobs for Americans. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.cgdev.org/sites/default/files/international-harvest.pdf [PDF format, 36 pages].