CRES Forum

Policy Priorities

 

Our policy goals:

  • Reducing global emissions and growing the U.S. economy
  • Enacting policy that builds off historically successful approaches and includes an all of the above approach to affordable clean energy — the principal reason the U.S. has been able to reduce carbon emissions more than any other country.
  • Affordably reducing domestic emissions in a manner that can be leveraged globally.By keeping these goals in mind, U.S. leaders will enact policy that reduces energy costs for Americans and U.S. business and increases all possible technological options available to avoid, reduce, capture and sequester greenhouse gases. As a result, locally appropriate solutions can be implemented quickly not just in the U.S., but globally.

By keeping these goals in mind, U.S. leaders will enact policy that reduces energy costs for Americans and U.S. business and increases all possible technological options available to avoid, reduce, capture and sequester greenhouse gases. As a result, locally appropriate solutions can be implemented quickly not just in the U.S., but globally.

Policy areas we prioritize:

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Innovation

federal investment | research & development | public private partnership

Continued innovation will not only develop the next generation of technologies needed to rapidly reduce, capture, and store greenhouse gas emissions but also continue to grow a clean energy economy that already supports 3 million clean energy jobs. Federal investment in research and development can bring new technologies to the market in greater numbers and allow America to lead the world in emissions reductions.

Issue Briefs: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

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Deployment

streamlining regulations | reducing cost | permitting reform | infrastructure

Deployment of new technologies and infrastructure is critical to continued reduction of greenhouse gas emissions which have declined in large part due to reduced cost of natural gas and increasingly lower cost development of renewable resources. Renewable generation sources were responsible for 20 percent of power generated in 2020, up from 10 percent in 2010. Building upon this success requires a reduction in the barriers to access resources, build energy infrastructure and deploy new clean energy technologies. Eliminating unnecessary regulations and reducing costs while maintaining environmental integrity will ensure the best possible technologies come more readily to market.

Issue Brief: Clean Energy Solutions Must Include Nuclear

Issue Brief: Hydropower

Issue Brief: Energy Storage

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Carbon Accounting

voluntary disclosure | carbon offsets | carbon accounting | life-cycle emissions | market growth | consumer awareness | global trade

Voluntary carbon accounting and disclosure programs serve to benchmark emissions and reductions over time. You cannot manage what you do not measure. Creating reliable metrics and measurements allow for better-informed voluntary markets to develop that will lead to smart investments and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Writing: A Voluntary Federal Framework

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Natural Resources

critical minerals | mining | agriculture | forests

Natural resource management provides the opportunity to sequester greenhouse gases as well as produce materials critical to the adoption of clean energy technology. Natural solutions that leverage existing farm and forest resources can make the most of managed land by sequestering carbon dioxide, and often cut carbon at a comparatively lower cost than is possible in other sectors of the economy. Natural resources that are domestically produced, including critical minerals, provide national, economic and energy security as deployment of technology such as batteries, electric vehicles and solar panels continues to grow. Responsible domestic extraction can lay the groundwork for future energy innovation, create new jobs, and reduced reliance on foreign resources.

Sectors we work with:

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Electric power

Emissions from the electric power sector are down more than 15 percent from 2005 levels—and have been the primary force driving down U.S. emissions economy wide. While the electric power sector is still the source of 25 percent of domestic GHG emissions, further near-term reductions are possible from increased efficiency and technology advancements, and further cost reductions in clean energy generation. However, major challenges exist for maintaining our nuclear fleet, which is 20 percent of total power but 40 percent of zero emissions generation as well as the challenges associated with bringing online the next generation of advanced nuclear generation, CCUS, as well as additional energy storage, and transmission.
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Transportation

The transportation sector has been the largest sector contributing to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions since 2016 and has grown to 29 percent of domestic emissions. Opportunities to reduce emissions from transportation will include a focus not just on passenger vehicles, but light- and heavy-duty trucks, shipping, and aviation. To that end, a greater focus on reducing the lifecycle emissions associated with liquid fossil fuels is needed, along with developing new liquid fuels like hydrogen, and electrification.
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Heavy industry

Emissions from the industrial sector are difficult to abate due to the high energy requirements and high capital investment costs needed to make processes more efficient. However, while the sector is responsible for 23 percent of domestic emissions, the U.S. has a “carbon advantage” compared to many other countries. For example, from a lifecycle emissions standpoint, products manufactured in the U.S. have a 40 percent lower emissions profile than the global average. Utilizing that performance advantage in the global market through trade initiatives will enhance US competitiveness as well as provide free market incentives for further emissions reductions at home and abroad. In addition, heavy industrials present an opportunity for substantial emissions reductions by focusing technological innovation within a few production processes that result in intense pollution.
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Agriculture and Natural Climate Solutions

American farmers not only feed the world but are vital players in tackling climate change. While the agriculture sector is the source of 10 percent of GHG emissions, the sector’s emissions contribution has been relatively level despite increasing yields. When U.S. products displace those of less efficient growers, global emissions go down. Additional opportunities are numerous for capturing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon through land management, or restoring ecosystems. Indeed, healthy ecosystems—or natural climate solutions—help reduce overall US GHG emissions by 13 percent.
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*2020 emissions will be published by EPA shortly

White Papers

 
Return here for regular updates and new installments as they become available. Topics will include the climate benefits of U.S. fossil fuels, critical minerals and national security, American energy innovation, manufacturing and industrial competitiveness, the power sector and consumer costs, permitting modernization and reform, agriculture and natural solutions, transportation, and more. Connect with us here at cresforum.org, at one of our policy events, or on social media to continue the conversation. Together we can address climate change and some of America’s most pressing national security threats with common sense and conservative principles.