Daniel A. Lashof
Abstract: Although global warming is a longterm phenomenon, policies to begin stabilizing the atmosphere must be adopted immediately in order to minimize the risks of climate change at the lowest possible cost. At the request of Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a major study of the policy options available to stabilize current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. The EPA also developed various scenarios to account for unpredictable changes in economic growth and technological advancements. The results show that by relying primarily on energy efficiency, in combination with renewable energy and reforestation, US carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 20 percent by 2000 while promoting other environmental and economic objectives.
Key words: EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, Global Warming, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Greenhouse Gas, Reductions, Renewable Energy, Atmosphere