RELEASE: Trump Co-opts National Security Policy to Play Favorites for Coal’s Benefit, CAP Column Says

Washington, D.C. — Desperate to prop up the declining coal industry, the Trump administration has inflated claims of national security threats to the electric grid to bail out unprofitable power plants. A new column from the Center for American Progress and National Security Action argues that this unprecedented use…

Elevating Ocean-Based Climate Solutions

When the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, U.S. nonfederal actors—including states, cities, and businesses—launched alliances and initiatives to express their support for the agreement.1 This nonfederal climate movement, once largely a reactive communications exercise, is increasingly…

Abuse of Power: Debunking the Trump Administration’s National Security Argument for Coal

After several failed attempts to bail out coal power plants, President Donald Trump and his administration have turned to co-opting national security tools and arguments to pursue their domestic energy agenda. Recently, administration officials have selectively targeted natural gas and renewable energy generation resources, falsely…

RELEASE: New CAP Brief Uses Charlotte Light Rail Project to Highlight How Environmental Review Strengthens Infrastructure Projects, Forestalls Community Harm

Washington, D.C. — A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress uses the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Blue Line project as a case study to demonstrate how environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act strengthens infrastructure projects and forestalls social, environmental, and even economic harms…

The Importance of NEPA Review for Infrastructure Projects

In June 2017, President Donald Trump stood before a crowd at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and declared, “Instead of rebuilding our country, Washington has spent decades building a dense thicket of rules, regulations and red…

Workers’ Wages Remain Stagnant Despite Gains to Top Earners

The state of the U.S. economy recently has become an increasingly partisan topic, but there are basic facts on which everyone can agree. The continued positive job growth and latest gross domestic product (GDP) growth numbers have brought about some excitement in the last few…

Purchasing Public Benefits Through Public-Private Partnerships

On everything from bumper stickers to t-shirts, Texans often proudly boast that, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Unfortunately, this claim also frequently applies to highway congestion. In 2012, a company called Texas Central Partners LLC (TCP) formed with the goal of privately financing and constructing…

Indexing Capital Gains to Inflation Will Only Further Rig the Economy Against Workers

The Trump administration’s most notable legislative passage has been the massive tax plan enacted at the behest of its political donors. The tax cuts, heavily skewed to corporations and the wealthy, will cost nearly $2 trillion over the next decade. Now, the Trump administration is…

Valuing Black Women’s Work

Much of the current narrative about the U.S. economy, be it from politicians, pundits, or the press, touts its overall strength and low unemployment numbers as indicators that the economy is working well as a whole and—by extension—for everyone. But the story is not as…

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the July 2018 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the July 2018 Employment Situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): July 2018 saw 157,000 new jobs added to the economy—slightly below expectations—with the unemployment rate dropping…