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Issues to Watch: 2007Jonathan LashWorld Resources InstituteDecember 19, 2006
Lessons from the 2006 Election:
“Campaign ads highlighted energy issues in a prominent and unprecedented way this election cycle and had a huge impact on the campaigns.”
More than 75 percent [of voters in the 2006 elections] said they agreed with the following statement:
“Congress should pass legislation promoting renewables and alternative energy sources as an effective way to reduce global warming pollution.”
Majorities in all demographics said lawmakers should support to the two solutions, including 53 percent of self-described conservatives and nearly 37 percent of self-described “very conservative” voters.
August 28, 2005
Photo Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team
Concern in US
Goal: A regional cap-and-trade program initially covering CO2 emissions from power plants
Stabilize emissions at base levels through 2014
Reduce by 10% by 2018
7 states represent 7% US total GHG emissions
1.5% of world GHG emissions (Australia, rank 15th)
MD (signed; expected to implement under new governor)
MA (expected to rejoin under new governor)
20 states + D.C. with RPS 3 states w/ goals
RPS in effect
Goals in place
Source: database of state incentives for renewable energy (2006)
12 states adopting California GHG rules;
number of new car registrations (thousands of vehicles), 2005
Source: National Automobile Dealer Association 2006;
Carbon Capture & Storage
Products and Services
Synfuels with CCS
Robert Socolow, www.princeton.edu/~cmi
GE Energy,General Electric Co.
Andy RubenVice President of Corporate Strategy/Sustainability,Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ruth ShawGroup Executive,
Public Policy and President,
Duke Nuclear,Duke Energy Corp.
Jeff SterbaChairman, President and CEO,PNM Resources
Michael Murray,Director, Legislative Policy,Sempra Energy
Elizabeth A. MolerExecutive V.P., Government and Environmental Affairs &Public Policy,Exelon Corp.
Garth EdwardTrading Manager, Environmental Products,Shell Group
Incumbent replacements for 110th Congress:
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
- New Committee Chair
- Will not be serving in 110th Congress
American Electric Power, Zimmer Coal Plant,Moscow, Ohio
Can We Reduce
GHGs and Still
In the last 10 years the United States has consumed approximately 72.4 billion barrels of oil. More than 50% of that was imported.
* Based on data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Report: Short-Term Energy Outlook, December 12 , 2006 Release
Source: DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
If the entire acreage under corn production in the United States (80 million acres) were turned over to ethanol production, it would only account for one eighth of current gasoline demand.
*Data from World Resources Institute
Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Risk, for species diversity, wetlands, and coastal zones significantly increases when temperatures rise above 2º C
Hare, 2005; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Thin-film solar cells
Source: IEA R&D database http://www.iea.org/Textbase/stats/rd.asp
Top 25 in
Top 25 in GDP
USA, China, (EU25), Russia, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, UK, Italy, Mexico, France, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey
(68% World GHG Emissions)
Bangladesh, Nigeria, Viet Nam, Philippines, Ethiopia,
Top 25 in
(80% World GHG Total)
“China overtakes the United States as the world’s biggest emitter before 2010.”
-World Energy Outlook 2006
International Energy Agency