Climate Change
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40242 - Carbon Tax and Greenhouse Gas Control: Options and Considerations for Congress
10-Mar-2009; Jonathan L. Ramseur, Larry Parker; 51 p.
Abstract: Market-based mechanisms that limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be divided into two types: quantity control (e.g., cap-and-trade) and price control (e.g., carbon tax or fee). To some extent, a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade program would produce similar effects: Both are estimated to increa.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change
go directly to report, PDF _ R40203 - Moutain Pine Beetles and Forest Destruction: Effects, Responses, and Relationship to Climate Change
6-Feb-2009; Ross W. Gorte; 16 p.
Abstract: The mountain pine beetle is a native insect of western U.S. pine forests. It survives by killing infested trees, usually individually, but occasionally in epidemics. Mountain pine beetle epidemics are particularly associated with lodgepole pine, a common western tree that typically grows in dense.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Forests
go directly to report _ RL34659 - China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Policies
10-Sep-2008; Jane Leggett, Jeffrey Logan, Anna Mackey; 32 p.
Abstract: China’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and policies are frequently invoked in Congressional debates over appropriate climate change policy. This background report describes Chinese GHG emissions and some of its mitigation efforts. It touches briefly on China’s international cooperation.

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Topics: International, Climate Change

go directly to report, PDF _ RS22899 - Global Climate Change: Status of Negotiations
17-Jun-2008; Susan R. Fletcher; 6 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
June 17, 2008
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Abstract: In December 2007, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held their 13th annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia, and began the process of working toward an agreement/treaty that would succeed the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC when it expires in 2012. The Proto.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, International, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34520 - Climate Change: Comparison and Analysis of S. 1766 and S. 2191 (S. 3036)
4-Jun-2008; Larry Parker and Brent Yacobucci; 28 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
June 4, 2008
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Abstract: Several proposals designed to address greenhouse gases have been introduced in the 110th Congress. Two proposals, S. 1766, introduced by Senators Bingaman and Specter, and S. 2191, introduced by Senators Lieberman and Warner and reported by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22834 - Agriculture and Forestry Provisions in Climate Change Legislation (S. 3036)
3-Jun-2008; Renee Johnson; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 3, 2008
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Abstract: This report summarizes some of the domestic agriculture and forestry provisions in the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008 (S. 3036, formerly S. 2191), as ordered reported out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in December 2007. The bill directs the Administrator of.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Climate Change, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34513 - Climate Change: Comparison of S. 2191 as Reported (now S. 3036) with Proposed Boxer Amendment
30-May-2008; Brent D. Yacobucci and Larry Parker; 14 p.
Abstract: On December 7, 2007, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee ordered reported an amended version of S. 2191, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008 (originally entitled America’s Climate Security Act of 2007). On April 10, 2008, an amendment to make the bill revenue-neutra.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33826 - Climate Change: The Kyoto Protocol and International Actions
30-May-2008; Susan R. Fletcher and Larry Parker; 24 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 22, 2007
June 8, 2007
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Abstract: The concerns over climate change, often termed “global warming,” have emerged both in the United States and internationally as major policy issues. Reports in 2007 of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided additional scientific underpinnings for these concern.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, International, Government
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34489 - Climate Change: Costs and Benefits of S. 2191/S. 3036
15-May-2008; Larry Parker and Brent D. Yacobucci; 79 p.
Abstract: This report examines six studies that project the costs of S. 2191 (S. 3036) to 2030 or 2050. It is difficult to project costs up to the year 2030, much less beyond. The already tenuous assumption that regulatory standards will remain constant becomes more unrealistic, and other unforeseen events lo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33846 - Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Cap-and-Trade Bills in the 110th Congress
27-Jun-2008; Larry Parker, Brent D. Yacobucci, Johnathan L. Ramseur; 29 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 31, 2008
April 24, 2007
March 29, 2007
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Abstract: Multiple proposals to advance programs that reduce greenhouse gases have been introduced in the 110th Congress. S. 2191 was reported May 20, 2008, from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. An amended version of S.2191, S. 3036, was considered by the Senate in June 2008, but a vot.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Government, Legislative
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