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Infographic: 2012 Gasoline Consumption Report

2012 gas report infographic

Gasoline prices are high and volatile. Northwesterners are beginning to change their driving habits to adapt. Sightline’s report, Shifting into Reverse, shows that per capita vehicle travel has dropped significantly. view graphic »

Per Capita Gasoline Use in Oregon and Washington

2012 per capita gas consumption

Gasoline prices are high and volatile. Northwesterners are beginning to change their driving habits to adapt. Sightline’s report, Shifting into Reverse, shows that per capita gasoline consumption is at it’s lowest level in about 50 years. view graphic »

Per Capita VMT in Oregon and Washington

2012 vmt report graph

Gasoline prices are high and volatile. Northwesterners are beginning to change their driving habits to adapt. Sightline’s report, Shifting into Reverse, shows that per capita vehicle travel has dropped significantly. view graphic »

Shifting into Reverse

Northwest gasoline consumption makes a modest decline

2012 per capita gas consumption

High prices are taking a bite out of northwesterners’ appetite for gasoline. Total gas consumption in 2011 in Oregon and Washington has fallen modestly since the 2002 peak—driven by declines in per capita driving and gains in vehicle efficiency. Measured per person, though, residents of the two states have reduced their use of motor fuel to its lowest levels since the early 1960s—back when three dimes would buy you a gallon of gas. And early trends suggest that per capita consumption in the two states may be headed for a drop of as much as 2 percent in 2012. read more »

2012 Update: Grading Economics Textbooks on Climate Change

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This spring marks the release of new editions of introductory economics textbooks, so it’s a good time to update our 2010 review of the treatment of climate change in economics textbooks. As in 2010, some hit the mark while others are wildly misleading, but we’re happy to say that there’s plenty of good news: about half of the books improved their treatment of climate change. read more »

Grading Economics Textbooks on Climate Change

Sightline’s report reviews 16 of the most popular economics textbooks for the treatment of climate change. Grades came in across the board, but 5 textbooks fell into the “not recommended” category. Only one book received a flat-out F. read more »

Talking Points: Reframing “Big Business”

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The term “big business” works as a sledgehammer, when what’s often needed is a more refined tool—if not a scalpel, then perhaps a carving knife. The task for progressive communicators, then,
is to identify powerful language that evokes the negatives behind the “big business” frame, without reinforcing the (false) idea that all business is bad business. read more »

The Poorest Families: How much do they pay in state taxes?

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State-by-state map shows that Washington’s low-income families face the nation’s highest tax rates. view graphic »

The Wealthiest Families: How much do they pay in state taxes?

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A map of state-by-state tax rates for high-earning families, showing that Washington State ranks as one of the cheapest places in the country to be super-rich. view graphic »

What Is Performance Contracting?

Performance contracting is a time-tested tool used by local governments to increase energy efficiency, while guaranteeing energy savings are enough to cover the costs of the project. By tying contractor payments to real energy savings, there’s a strong incentive to do projects that yield real results. read more »