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Increasing America's Energy Efficiency | May 4 2010

Solving our energy challenges is a long-term proposition; however, we can achieve immediate economic and environmental benefits by better harnessing the energy we unintentionally waste each day. Putting into practice more robust energy effi ciency programs is a crucial component of our nation’s energy security. We can free up significant amounts of energy for more productive purposes and eliminate unnecessary expenditures on the part of both businesses and consumers. This paper examines key factors aff ecting energy efficiency and provides recommendations for how increased efficiency can berealized in the United States.

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Copenhagen Accord and Discord: COP-15 and the Many Roads to Mexico | Jan 21 2010

Many of you are probably a bit confused by the outcome of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen. Depending on which account you read, it was an unprecedented success or a complete failure, and everything in between. Regardless, it is important to understand exactly what happened in Copenhagen—and what did not. In this paper, we will try to make some sense of it all so you can draw your own conclusions.

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The Prospects for Copenhagen | Nov 11 2009

As this year’s negotiations wind their way to a conclusion in Copenhagen, Denmark, the prospect of a new international deal is not very bright, and it is not hard to see why. Consider that the starting point for discussion is a 50% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Endorsed by G8 leaders, this “50-by-50” goal is among the most aggressive of the 177 emissions reduction scenarios examined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Taxing Our Way to Energy Insecurity Again | Jun 17 2009

The Institute for 21st Century Energy has issued new report that discusses why higher oil and gas taxes will increase dependence on foreign oil, raise costs to consumers, jeopardize U.S. jobs and erode economic competitiveness. Taxing Our Way to Energy Insecurity Again reviews the reasons why the administration’s proposed $80 billion tax increase on oil and gas is the wrong path forward, and provides recommendations that will improve energy security and promote economic growth.

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Revisiting America’s Nuclear Waste Policy | May 27 2009

The Institute for 21st Century Energy issued a report that calls on the Obama Administration to commit to a permanent solution for the nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.  The report, titled Revisiting America’s Nuclear Waste Policy, examines the nation’s nuclear waste policies and makes recommendations on how to move forward.

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Climate Change 101 | Apr 21 2009

Climate change has been receiving a lot of attention in Washington lately. Policymakers have proposed various approaches to address this issue, but since it is so complicated, it can be difficult to understand what is really being considered. To help make it a little easier, the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy has prepared this “cheat sheet” that defines the terms you will hear as the debate unfolds and answers some basic questions.

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Transition Plan for Securing America's Energy Future | Feb 1 2009

The Institute’s Transition Plan for Securing America’s Energy Future is an energy policy roadmap with 88 concrete recommendations and detailed timelines for President-elect Barack Obama and the 111th Congress. It forms a comprehensive, long-term energy strategy that if adopted, will put America on a path for a more secure, prosperous and clean energy future.

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An Energy Transition Plan for the Administration and Congress

Memorandum to President-elect Barack Obama

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Blueprint for Securing America’s Energy Future | Sep 28 2008

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy offers this Blueprint in the public interest to engage the presidential and congressional candidates, the business community, state policy leaders, and the American people in a productive dialogue on the major elements that we believe must be included in a bold new energy design for the United States.

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Securing America’s Energy Future: An Open Letter to the 44th President of the United States and the 111th Congress | Sep 1 2008

More than two dozen former Cabinet, Congressional, and national security officials joined the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy to urge the next President and Congress to adopt a sensible, sustainable, and strategic energy policy by coming together to embrace real long-term solutions.

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View a summary of the Institute’s Open Letter event