ABSTRACT

Climate Change: Current Issues and Policy Tools [Updated June 3, 2008]   [open pdf - 197KB]

This CRS report discusses climate change. "On June 2, 2008, the Senate agreed to consider a bill (S. 3036) to control greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. This action is indicative of the pressures Members of Congress increasingly face on whether and how to address human-induced climate change. Contentious debates scrutinize issues of science, economics, values, geopolitics and a host of other concerns. Deliberations also weigh the appropriateness of alternative policy tools and program designs. The economic stakes are potentially large - with both the costs of controls and the 'costs of inaction' ranging, by some estimates, into trillions of dollars over several decades." Part one focuses on current climate change issues. Part two discusses international and domestic policy fields. This report goes on to discuss the 'policy tool box' such as regulations, market mechanisms and cap-and-trade programs. This document concludes with an outlook on the choices ahead for policy-makers and links to further information.

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CRS Report for Congress, RL34513
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2008-06-03
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