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The United States has made green spending a key part of its stimulus packages in response to the domestic and global economic crisis.

In October 2008, Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabi

Brief Summary of the Waxman-Markey Discussion Draft

The Waxman-Markey Discussion Draft was revised and renamed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which was passed by the U.S. House on Friday, June 26th. This summary is now out of date. Find the updated Q&A here and detailed summary here.

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Outside The Cap

Opportunities and Limitations of Greenhouse Gas Offsets

Carbon offset programs require the application of rigorous quantification, verification, and enforcement criteria in order to ensure that the integrity of greenhouse gas (GHG) caps is not compromised. Some types of climate change mitigation activities---especially those involving soil or forest...

Federalism in the Greenhouse

Defining a Role for States in a Federal Cap-and-Trade Program

This policy brief presents the competing arguments for state-led and federal-led climate legislation, and argues for a third—“hybrid”—approach that maximizes the strengths of each level of government.

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