Research & Maps

RGGI Used Most Auction Revenue for Energy Efficiency

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The programs RGGI invested in during just its first 2.5 years will add $1.6 million in net benefits to RGGI state economies and create 16,000 jobs. If RGGI continues auctioning and investing, it could add over $8 billion in net benefit and add 57,000 job-years of employment by 2020.

Learn more about the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI—pronounced Reggie) in our blog article, Reggie Recommends, part of the Cashing in Our Carbon series. View graphic »

RGGI Slashed Oil- and Coal-fired Electricity

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Total electricity use in the RGGI states was lower in 2012 than in 2005 and shows a changing fuel mix: coal and petroleum (red and brown) generated one-third of RGGI states’ power in 2005, but only 10 percent in 2012. Natural gas (orange) rose from one-quarter to nearly half.

Learn more about the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI—pronounced Reggie) in our blog article, Reggie Recommends, part of the Cashing in Our Carbon series. View graphic »

Less than a quarter of RGGI CO2 comes from electricity

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RGGI covers emissions from in-state power plants that are at least 25 megawatts. Electricity emissions are only 22 percent of CO2 emissions in the nine states, compared with the national average of nearly 40 percent. If new EPA rules drive other states to join RGGI, its impact will grow.

Learn more about the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI—pronounced Reggie) in our blog article, Meet Reggie, part of the Cashing in Our Carbon series. View graphic »

North American carbon pricing started with RGGI

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A map of all RGGI states, as well as other carbon pricing states and province throughout North America. Learn more about the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI—pronounced Reggie) in our blog article, Meet Reggie, part of the Cashing in Our Carbon series. View graphic »

The Thin Green Line

Thin Green Line, by Don Baker, for Sightline Institute

The Pacific Northwest stands at a crossroads of dirty energy exports and hungry Asian markets. We are the thin green line between the two, and our choices together in the coming years not only will determine the health and safety of our local communities, but also will help shape our planet’s future. (Video version available, too!) View graphic »

Keystone XL vs. Coal Exports

Keystone XL vs Coal Exports, Original Sightline graphic

A look at the carbon dimensions of two climate change disasters in the making: the Keystone XL Pipeline and new coal export terminals in the Northwest. View graphic »

Current Crude Oil-by-Rail Projects

Map_Current Crude Oil-by-Rail Projects_Updated Feb 18, 2014

In Oregon and Washington, 10 refineries and port terminals are planning, building, or already operating oil-by-rail terminals. View graphic »

WA Extracted Fuel Tax Loophole

For nearly six decades, Washington State has given away hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue through an “accidental” loophole with no clear public policy objective. Giving away millions to the state’s oil industry every year is hard to understand. At a time when the state is facing budget shortfalls and is trying to cut emissions, subsidizing Big Oil simply doesn’t add up. It’s for the legislature to decide whether we’ll close this loophole to help shore up the state budget or continue this hidden handout to oil companies. Read the factsheet here:

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Who Pays for Parking?

Monopoly Park Place. Photo by Philip Taylor, cc.

How the oversupply of parking undermines housing affordability. Read more »

Peabody Energy, Gateway Pacific, and the Asian Coal Bubble

Coal Prices Gateway Peak to Aug 2013

A new Sightline report shows that the collapse in coal prices jeopardized Peabody Energy’s coal export plans. Read more »