Climate Change
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33898 - Climate Change: The Role of the U.S. Agriculture Sector
20-Jun-2008; Renée Johnson; 37 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
March 6, 2007
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Abstract: The agriculture sector is a source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which many scientists agree are contributing to observed climate change. Agriculture is also a “sink” for sequestering carbon, which might offset GHG emissions by capturing and storing carbon in agricultural soils. The two key .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Climate Change
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33799 - Climate Change: Design Approaches for a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program
2-Jun-2008; Larry Parker; 27 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 16, 2007
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Abstract: With the passage of the 2005 Sense of the Senate climate change resolution calling on the Congress to enact a mandatory, market-based program to slow, stop, and reverse the growth of greenhouse gases, the issue of related costs has taken on increased importance. Indeed, the resolution itself stat.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Energy, Economics & Trade
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34601 - Community Acceptance of Carbon Capture and Sequestration Infrastructure: Siting Challenges
29-Jul-2008; Paul W. Parfomak; 31 p.
Abstract: Congressional policy makers are becoming aware that a national program of carbon capture and sequestration could require an extensive new network of carbonrelated infrastructure. Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a three-part process involving a carbon dioxide (CO2) source facility, CO2 pipe.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Climate Change, Risk & Reform
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22906 - Use of the Polar Bear Listing to Force Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Legal Arguments
28-Aug-2008; Robert Meltz; 6 p.
Update: Previous Reports:
August 28, 2008
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Abstract: On May 15, 2008, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, it published a “special rule” limiting the application of ESA prohibitions to activities affecting the bear. The listing and special rule attracte.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Biodiversity, Government
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33776 - Clean Air Issues in the 110th Congress:Climate Change, Air Quality Standards, and Oversight
28-Jul-2008; James E. McCarthy; 36 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 3, 2008
March 7,2008
October 19, 2007
July 12, 2007
April 4, 2007
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Abstract: Attention to environmental issues in the 110th Congress focused early and heavily on climate change — the state of the science, and whether (and, if so, how) to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Fourteen bills had been introduced to establish GHG emission caps as of April 2008, and hearings.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Climate Change, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33817 - Climate Change: Federal Funding and Tax Incentives
2-Aug-2007; Jane A. Leggett; 30 p.
Update: August 2, 2007
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Abstract: As the prospect of climate change induced by greenhouse gases has gained increased attention, U.S. federal funding to address this issue has expanded from a few million dollars per year in the 1970s to $5.44 billion in FY2007. The rise in funding is primarily attributed to the evolution of the fe.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Government, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ 98-738 - Climate Change: Three Policy Perspectives
7-Feb-2008; Larry Parker, John Blodgett; 38 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
February, 9, 2007
August 31, 1998
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Abstract: The 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change requires that signatories, including the United States, establish policies for constraining future emission levels of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2). The George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush Administrations each drafted.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Legislative, Information
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34307 - Regulation of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sequestration Pipelines: Jurisdictional Issues
15-Apr-2008; Adam Vann and Paul W. Parfomak; 10 p.
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In the last few years there has been a surge in interest in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) as a way to mitigate manmade carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and thereby help address climate change concerns. This approach may require the transportation of captured carbon dioxide via pipeline .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Climate Change, Science & Technology

go directly to report, PDF _ RS22268 - Repairing and Reconstructing Disaster-Damaged Roads and Bridges: The Role of Federal-Aid Highway Assistance
31-Mar-2008; Robert S. Kirk; 6 p.
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Abstract: Most of the major highways and bridges damaged during the 2005 Gulf of Mexico Hurricanes as well as the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, MN, which collapsed suddenly on August 1, 2007, are part of the federal-aid highway system and are therefore eligible for assistance under the Emergency Relief Prog.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General Interest, Climate Change, Transportation
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34150 - Climate Change: The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Gets Ready for Kyoto
11-Feb-2008; Larry Parker; 30 p.
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November 6, 2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The European Union’s (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a cornerstone of the EU’s efforts to meet its obligation under the Kyoto Protocol. It covers more than 11,500 energy intensive facilities across the 27 EU Member countries; covered entities emit about 45% of the EU’s carbon dioxide e.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Economics & Trade, International
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