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America’s Energy Future: Technology and Transformation

America’s Energy Future: Technology and Transformation

Full Title:  America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation: Summary Edition
Author(s):  H. Shapiro (Chair), et al.
Publisher(s):  National Academy of Sciences
Publication Date: January 1, 2009
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Description (excerpt):

This report of the Committee on America’s Energy Future addresses a potential new portfolio of energy-supply and end-use technologies—their states of development, costs, implementation barriers, and impacts—both at present and projected over the next two to three decades. The report’s aim is to inform policy makers about technology options for transforming energy produc- tion, distribution, and use to increase sustainability, support long-term economic prosperity, promote energy security, and reduce adverse environmental impacts. Among the wide variety of technologies under development that might become available in the future, this report focuses on those with the best prospects of fully maturing during the three time periods considered: 2008–2020, 2020–2035, and 2035–2050.

Eight key findings emerge.

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