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go directly to report, PDF _ R41273 - The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010: Operational and Market Considerations
29-Jul-2010; Paul Parfomak; 13 p.
Abstract: The Home Star Energy Retrofit program as proposed is intended to promote both greater residential energy-efficiency and increased employment in the home remodeling, energy services, and related manufacturing industries. Two very similar Home Star programs are detailed in legislation proposed in t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40147 - Issues in Green Building and the Federal Response: An Introduction
20-Jul-2010; Eric A Fischer; 36 p.
Abstract: The construction, characteristics, operation, and demolition of buildings are increasingly recognized as a major source of environmental impact. Without significant transformation of building construction and operations, such impacts are expected to increase with population growth and changes in .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41325 - Carbon Capture: A Technology Assessment
19-Jul-2010; Peter Folger; 99 p.
Abstract: Carbon capture and sequestration (or carbon capture and storage, CCS) is widely seen as a critical strategy for limiting atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)—the principal “greenhouse gas” linked to global climate change—from power plants and other large industrial sources. This report f.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Pollution, Science & Technology
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41139 - Oil Industry Tax Issues in the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Proposal
24-Mar-2010; Robert Pirog; 10 p.
Abstract: President Obama, in a speech on April 22, 2009 (Earth Day), addressed the linkage between the problems he associated with U.S. reliance on oil, especially imported oil, and the importance of a future based more on alternative energy sources. To move in the direction of accomplishing these goals, .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33970 - Greenhouse Gas Emission Drivers: Population, Economic Development and Growth, and Energy Use
5-Mar-2010; John Blodgett and Larry Parker; 36 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
February 13, 2008
April 24, 2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: In the context of climate change and possible responses to the risk associated with it, three variables strongly influence the levels and growth of greenhouse gas emissions: population, income (measured as per capita gross domestic product [GDP]), and intensity of emissions (measured as tons of g.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Energy, Population
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34234 - Managing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Policy Implications of Expanding Global Access to Nuclear Power
5-Mar-2010; Mary Beth Nikitin, Anthony Andrews and Mark Holt; 45 p.
Update: Previous releases:
July 1, 2009
September 3, 2008
March 7, 2008
January 30, 2008
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Abstract: After several decades of widespread stagnation, nuclear power is attracting renewed interest. New license applications for 30 reactors have been announced in the United States, and another 160 are under construction or planned globally. In the United States, interest appears driven, in part, by t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Risk & Reform, International
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34589 - Clean Air After the CAIR Decision: Multi-Pollutant Approaches to Controlling Powerplant Emissions
4-Mar-2010; James E. McCarthy, Larry B. Parker, and Robert Meltz; 16 p.
Update: Previous editions:
February 9, 2009
July 22, 2008
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Abstract: In April 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to propose a new Clean Air Transport Rule to control powerplant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). When finalized, this rule will replace the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR); CAIR, which was promulgated in.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Energy, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40654 - Accelerated Vehicle Retirement for Fuel Economy: “Cash for Clunkers”
3-Mar-2010; Brent D. Yacobucci and Bill Canis; 17 p.
Abstract: In an attempt to boost sagging U.S. auto sales and to promote higher vehicle fuel economy, the President signed legislation on June 24, 2009, P.L. 111-32, establishing a program to provide rebates to prospective purchasers toward the purchase of new, fuel-efficient vehicles, provided the trade-in.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Transportation, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL30024 - U.S. Global Climate Change Policy: Evolving Views on Cost, Competitiveness, and Comprehensiveness
25-Jun-2010; Larry Parker, John Blodgett, Brent Yacobucci; 18 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 28, 2008
January 12, 1999
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Abstract: The nature of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (particularly carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions) makes their control difficult to integrate with the U.S economy and traditional U.S. energy policy. Despite the obvious interrelationship between energy policy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the United.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Economics & Trade, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41287 - China and the United States—A Comparison of Green Energy Programs and Policies
14-Jun-2010; Richard J. Campbell; 24 p.
Abstract: China is the world’s most populous country with over 1.3 billion people. It has experienced tremendous economic growth over the last three decades with an annual average increase in gross domestic product of 9.8% during that period. This has led to an increasing demand for energy, spurring China .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, International
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