Solutions to Climate Change: Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session, September 21, 2000

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003 - 71 pages
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Page 15 - the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate...
Page 7 - Greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise.
Page 7 - Because there is considerable uncertainty in current understanding of how the climate system varies naturally and reacts to emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols, current estimates of the magnitude of future warming should be regarded as tentative and subject to future adjustments (either upward or downward).
Page 16 - For purposes of this section, in determining maximum feasible average fuel economy, the Secretary shall consider — ( 1 ) technological feasibility ; (2) economic practicability ; (3) the effect of other Federal motor vehicle standards on fuel economy ; and (4) the need of the Nation to conserve energy.
Page 71 - Protocol sets unrealistic targets that cannot be achieved without "severely harming the US economy and all American families, workers, seniors, and children" (http://www.globalclimate.org).
Page 43 - MD. The workshop was attended by nearly 100 Canadian and US scientists, practitioners and policy-makers representing agricultural commodity groups and industries. Congress, government agencies, national laboratories, universities and the World Bank. Support for the workshop was provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Monsanto Company and NASA.
Page 16 - And the biggest single step we can take to curb global warming is to make cars go further on their fuel.
Page 56 - ... major opportunities to reduce its dependence on petroleum Almost thirty years after the first OPEC oil embargo the United States is still dependent on petroleum for 97% of its transportation energy needs. As a result, two-thirds of our petroleum consumption goes to fuel transportation. With average efficiencies declining for new vehicles, and a 21 percent increase in miles driven between 1990 and 1998, the petroleum dependence of transportation is continuing to rise. CAFE standards helped double...
Page 14 - The human race is engaged in the largest and most dangerous experiment in history — an experiment to see what will happen to our health and the health of the planet when we make drastic changes to our climate. This is not part of some deliberate scientific inquiry. It is an uncontrolled experiment on the Earth, and we are gambling our children's future on its outcome. The rapid buildup of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in our atmosphere is the source of the problem.
Page 33 - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy on October 20, 1993.

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