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PERI's work as featured in the media, and commentaries by PERI economists:

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Press coverage of "Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change"

Boston Review: "Build the Green Economy," by Robert Pollin
1.2% of GDP. That's all it would take to green the economy.

Common Dreams: "'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground," by Joe Queally
"'The profits of oil, coal, and natural gas companies will have to yield to the imperative of sustaining life on earth,' says economist Robert Pollin." 

CleanTechnica: "The Clean Energy Economy: 2.7 Million Green Jobs, 40% Fewer Emissions," by Silvio Marcacci
"Welcome to the brave new world that is 'truly within reach.'"

Fortune.com: "Why fighting climate change may help the economy, not hurt it," by Michael Casey
"It has long been thought that tackling climate change means saddling nations with job losses and economic uncertainty. Now two new studies are calling that idea into question, and they suggest that reducing greenhouse gas emissions can actually result in a stronger and more vibrant economy in the United States and across the globe."

San Francisco Chronicle: "Are we at the tipping point on climate-change politics?" (Editorial)
"...another study came to the conclusion that the U.S. would specifically benefit from fighting greenhouse gases. The study, by the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute and the Center for American Progress, found that a 40 percent reduction in carbon pollution from 2005 levels would create a net increase of 2.7 million clean jobs — a whopping 1.5 percent reduction in unemployment."

ThinkProgress: "How to Make Fighting Climate Change Work for Workers," by Andrew Breiner
"'The results from our research say that we can achieve the emissions reduction target through very significant action,' Pollin said, but 'we can achieve it. As long as we’re committed, it’s not beyond reach.'”

CNN: "A carbon tax will create jobs for Americans," a commentary by Rick McGahey (New School)
"Economist Robert Pollin and his colleagues have shown that for every $1 million of investment in clean energy, the U.S. can create 16.7 jobs compared with only 5.3 jobs from fossil fuel investments. Overall, green energy investments combined with carbon taxes can create 2.7 million jobs in areas such as renewable energy, construction, manufacturing, transportation, new technologies and services -- even taking into account the transitional job loss from fossil fuel industries."

The Guardian: "US has a jobs crisis. Here's how to fix it"
Economist Mark Price of Keystone Research Center writes about our Green Growth study: "Act now and we can put people to work, save the taxpayer money and save the planet. Easy peasy."

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Other recent coverage of PERI's research:

September 29, 2014
Institute for New Economic Thinking: "New Research Shows Pollution Inequality is Even Worse Than Income Inequality" 
An interview with James K. Boyce about his new working paper with co-authors Klara Zwickl and Michael Ash to compare inequalities of exposure to industrial air pollution in U.S. states and congressional districts among the poor and non-poor, as well as whites and non-whites. "They find that in America, inequality is in the very air we breathe."

September 24, 2014
Rolling Stone: "Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire" by Tim Dickinson
The work of Toxic100.org, a project of PERI, is featured in article. "According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute, only three companies rank among the top 30 polluters of America's air, water and climate: ExxonMobil, American Electric Power and Koch Industries. Thanks in part to its 2005 purchase of paper-mill giant Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries dumps more pollutants into the nation's waterways than General Electric and International Paper combined. The company ranks 13th in the nation for toxic air pollution. Koch's climate pollution, meanwhile, outpaces oil giants including Valero, Chevron and Shell. Across its businesses, Koch generates 24 million metric tons of greenhouse gases a year."

September 9, 2014
The Press-Democrat: "Advocates unveil 'Living Wage' proposal for Sonoma County"
J
eannette Wicks-Lim provides an assessment of the financial impact of a $15 / hour minimum wage proposal being considered in Sonoma County, CA.

July 29, 2014
The New York Times: "The Carbon Dividend"
James Boyce writes a New York Times opinion piece on new federal climate legislation introduced by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) based around the idea of “cap and dividend.”

March 23, 2014
The Nation: "Economic Reform is a Human Right"
James Heintz and Radika Balakrishnan write that a wide range of human rights obligations referred to as “economic and social rights”—the right to work, the right to health, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to food, and the right to housing and shelter, among others—are routinely overlooked.

August 2, 2013
Bloomberg News
Jeannette Wicks-Lim explains the potential impact of increasing wages for fast-food workers.

August 1, 2013
The Daily Beast
The website asks "how much would a Big Mac need to cost to provide a $15 wage for McDonald's employees?" and turns to Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim for the answer.

July 29, 2013
Springfield Republican
Robert Pollin comments on how federal budget cuts have hit low-income people harder than others.

July 10, 2013
In These Times
Jeannette Wicks-Lim discusses the how working mothers, especially low-income mothers, can best be supported in their jobs.

July 9, 2013
Huffington Post
Two columnists point to PERI's work on the potential jobs impact of alternatives to military spending.

July 6, 2013
Huffington Post

MSNBC

Columnists discuss the persistence of austerity policies despite the debunking of Reinhart & Rogoff.

June 25, 2013
Charlotte Observer
In the context of the Greenhouse 100, Duke Energy’s interests in new EPA power plant carbon standards are discussed.

June 10-19, 2013
Forbes
Boston Globe
Environmental Leader
Houston Culture Map
Houston Business Journal
Houston Tomorrow
Grist
Kansas City Star
Philly.com
The Greenhouse 100 is described, and the top emitters discussed.

June 11, 2013
Springfield Republican
WBUR
WWLP
Coverage of a Boston statehouse hearing on a Massachusetts minimum wage increase includes quotes from Jeannette Wicks-Lim on the impact of the increase.

April 2013
For a list of coverage of "Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff," please follow this link.

March 19, 2013
The Economist
Grist.com
In an article about failing infrastructure in the U.S., PERI's work on the job creation potential of infrastructure investments is referenced.

March 12, 2013
Hartford Courant
Jeannette Wicks-Lim contributes an editorial in support of raising the minimum wage in Connecticut.

February 26, 2013
Springfield Republican
WBUR
Robert Pollin discusses the impact that cuts to military spending would have on the Massachusetts economy.

February 24, 2013
UPI.com
Robert Pollin describes at length the impact that impending budget cuts could have on the broader economy.

February 14, 2013
22News / WWLP
Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim are interviewed in a story on the potential impacts of an increase in the federal minimum wage.

February 12, 2013
Salon.com
Robert Pollin explains why state governments should not repeal their mandated renewable energy targets.

February 8, 2013
Bill Moyers
Robert Pollin contributes to a group of writers, activists and academics asked to write a theoretical State of the Union address.

February 4, 2013
Bloomberg BNA
The Toxic 100 rankings are discussed in this article on a declining trend in industrial releases of toxic chemicals.

February 2, 2013
Huffington Post
PERI’s work on the employment impacts of military spending is discussed in this editorial on the impacts of the potential “sequester” cuts.

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