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Item #d97oct26

Scenarios of U.S. Carbon Reductions: Potential Impacts of Energy-Efficiency and Low-Carbon Technologies by 2010 and Beyond, Sep. 1997 (U.S. Dept. Energy).

Based on a comprehensive one-year analysis with contributions from several DOE laboratories, that was reviewed extensively by representatives from industry and academia. Concludes that national investment in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies can reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases and produce energy savings that roughly equal or exceed the costs to implement them. The analysis models a scenario that combines a vigorous national technology program with a domestic system of carbon trading. Under these conditions, costs of reducing U.S. carbon emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2010 would be $50 to $90 billion per year, not including any cost reductions that could result from international emissions trading. The analysis takes a "bottom-up" approach, examining 200 specific technologies in four major sectors of the economy: buildings, industry, transportation and electric utilities.

Item #d97oct27

The State of the Climate: A Time for Action, World Wide Fund for Nature, Sep. 1997 (WWF).

Compiles data from around the world that indicate there is a shift underway in our planet's weather patterns and climate. These include droughts, melting glaciers and ice caps, dramatic ocean warming, regional increases in extreme and violent storms, and dozens of other indicators. Also highlights initiatives available now to combat climate change, such as the plan just announced by Denmark to build 500 offshore windmills. Summarizes an opinion poll which shows that the majority of Americans are demanding that politicians and businesses come up with cost-effective solutions to global warming.

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