This is a summary of S.2191 Manager’s substitute amendment released on May 21,
2008. The substitute reflects a substantially revised version of S.2191. This summary
is not exhaustive but does cover nearly all sections of the bill. It is divided into relevant
cap and trade design element categories with references to appropriate sections.
WRI’s Southern Forests for the Future project seeks to raise awareness of the threats facing the forests of the southern United States and lay the foundation for increasing the acreage that is conserved or managed in a sustainable manner.
Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) policies have stimulated markets for renewable
energy across the country, providing more opportunities for businesses to advance and
support clean energy technologies. With growing interest in state and national RES
policies, it is important to understand RES policy design, impacts, and opportunities.
Some economic projections say that greenhouse gas limits will cause economic pain, while others predict economic gain. Why the big difference? It depends on the assumptions you choose–and now you can choose your own.
The U.S. Congress is debating national legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For a program like cap-and-trade to work, it must rely on a robust national greenhouse gas registry. What is a registry and what should one look like?
Measurement is critical to effective greenhouse gas (GHG) management. As the
United States moves toward a low-carbon economy, companies find it imperative that
they keep track of their GHG emissions. This fact sheet answers key questions about
corporate GHG inventories and how they relate to other GHG measurement initiatives.
By mid-2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must develop a national
greenhouse gas (GHG) registry. This is not part of ongoing climate policy discussions,
it is already law. This fact sheet answers the questions many are asking about GHG
registries and the role of a mandatory GHG reporting program in the United States.
The following provides quick definitions for terms often used in climate policy debates. It is an introduction to the key climate change concepts and issues, which is explained further in subsequent issues in WRI’s “Bottom Line” series on climate and energy policy.
This policy brief looks at the rationales for a national greenhouse gas registry in the United States, draws comparisons to other reporting programs and proposals, and makes recommendations on key design questions.