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Stronger action needed to meet U.S. climate pledge
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Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization

For the first 50 years of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), user fees were sufficient to fund the federal portion of building and maintaining the nation’s transportation system. Limiting fees to actual users of services is seen as a more …

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Climate change bills in the 113th Congress
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Summary of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S.761)

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. The short title of this bill is the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. Sec. 2. Definition of Secretary. “Secretary,” for purposes of this act, is defined as the Secretary of …

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Options and Considerations for a Federal Carbon Tax

Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced most cost-effectively through market-based approaches that put a price on carbon. The two most commonly discussed approaches are a cap-and-trade system and a carbon tax. By establishing a price for greenhouse gas emissions, either …

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Summary of the Climate Protection Act of 2013 (S. 332)

The Climate Protection Act would impose a “carbon pollution fee” on any manufacturer, producer, or importer of a “carbon polluting substance.” (Imports from countries with equivalent carbon measures would be exempt.) The sponsors anticipate that the fee would be paid …

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Recommended Modifications to the 45Q Tax Credit for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration

Introduction The National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI) recommends that Congress consider implementing a revenue-positive federal production tax credit to support deployment of commercial carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and pipeline projects. A new, more robust federal incentive is needed to …

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CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Critical Domestic Energy, Economic, and Environmental Opportunity

Introduction Amidst economic uncertainty, fiscal crisis and political division over energy policy, carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) offers a safe and commercially proven method of domestic oil production that can help the United States simultaneously address three urgent national …

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An Illustrative Framework for a Clean Energy Standard for the Power Sector

Introduction This paper describes an illustrative framework for a federal clean energy standard (CES) for the electricity sector. A CES is a type of electricity portfolio standard. Electricity portfolio standards are flexible, market-based policies that typically set requirements for the …

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