In preparation for the climate summit in December, the Pew Center prepared its vision for a climate agreement and created an online hub for resources related to COP 15.
In the past year, the EPA has taken steps toward the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, including releasing the endangerment finding, tailoring rule, and greenhouse gas reporting rule. For more on these actions, visit our recently updated U.S. Executive Branch page.
Following the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Pew Center released a summary
of energy-related provisions in the bill.
More 2009 Federal News and Analysis
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Analyzing the Hacked Emails
Visit the Pew Center's detailed analysis
of the emails hacked from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit to learn why this controversy doesn't change the scientific consensus on climate change.
In June, the Pew Center released a brief
summarizing the key scientific developments since the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report was released in 2007.
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Corporate Energy EfficiencyLast year, the Pew Center launched the Corporate Energy Efficiency Project, a multi-year research and communications effort to identify and highlight effective methods for companies to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. In 2010, the Pew Center will publish these findings in a report, to be released during a major conference in Chicago.
New BELC Members
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Entergy joined Make an Impact in June, conducting workshops throughout the south and linking employees and communities to energy efficiency tips and tools through its website.
Make an Impact founder, Alcoa
, capped the first program year with its largest Make an Impact event ever, drawing more than 1,500 people to its South Carolina facility.
Over the past year, the Pew Center has briefed congressional staff and the media on a variety of issues regarding federal climate policy, including carbon market oversight, the role of state governments, and implications for the agricultural sector. Check out our video archive
of these events.
In January 2009, USCAP issued a Blueprint for Legislative Action
, which includes a detailed framework for legislation to address climate change. Many elements of the Blueprint
were later incorporated into H.R. 2454, the House-passed climate bill.
In December, USCAP released the results
of extensive economic modeling of the economic impacts of climate legislation. The models indicate that a well designed climate policy is compatible with robust economic growth of about 2.7 percent per year.
In June, the Pew Center launched Climate TechBook, a guide to existing and emerging low-carbon technologies. The online resource features overviews of the key economic sectors that produce greenhouse gases and factsheets on technologies that can address them.
Wind and Solar
A report, entitled Wind and Solar Electricity, Challenges and Opportunities, examines three primary obstacles to deployment of wind and solar power: cost, variability of generation, and lack of transmission. The report was released in June.
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In September, the Pew Center launched Climate Compass, a blog that features timely viewpoints and insights from the Center's expert staff.
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Updated State Plans
Last summer, the Pew Center updated its white paper
on actions taken at the state and regional levels to address climate change adaptation.
In October, Pew's Steve Seidel testified before Congress
about what the federal government should be doing to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change.