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Many of you are probably a bit confused by the outcome of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen. Depending on which account you read, it was an unprecedented success or a complete failure, and everything in between. Regardless, it is important to understand exactly what happened in Copenhagen—and what did not. In this paper, we will try to make some sense of it all so you can draw your own conclusions. 

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As this year’s negotiations wind their way to a conclusion in Copenhagen, Denmark, the prospect of a new international deal is not very bright, and it is not hard to see why. Consider that the starting point for discussion is a 50% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Endorsed by G8 leaders, this “50-by-50” goal is among the most aggressive of the 177 emissions reduction scenarios examined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

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The Institute for 21st Century Energy has issued new report that discusses why higher oil and gas taxes will increase dependence on foreign oil, raise costs to consumers, jeopardize U.S. jobs and erode economic competitiveness. Taxing Our Way to Energy Insecurity Again reviews the reasons why the administration’s proposed $80 billion tax increase on oil and gas is the wrong path forward, and provides recommendations that will improve energy security and promote economic growth.

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The Institute for 21st Century Energy issued a report that calls on the Obama Administration to commit to a permanent solution for the nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.  The report, titled Revisiting America’s Nuclear Waste Policy, examines the nation’s nuclear waste policies and makes recommendations on how to move forward.

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The Institute’s Transition Plan for Securing America’s Energy Future is an energy policy roadmap with 88 concrete recommendations and detailed timelines for President-elect Barack Obama and the 111th Congress. It forms a comprehensive, long-term energy strategy that if adopted, will put America on a path for a more secure, prosperous and clean energy future.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy offers this Blueprint in the public interest to engage the presidential and congressional candidates, the business community, state policy leaders, and the American people in a productive dialogue on the major elements that we believe must be included in a bold new energy design for the United States.

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More than two dozen former Cabinet, Congressional, and national security officials joined the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy to urge the next President and Congress to adopt a sensible, sustainable, and strategic energy policy by coming together to embrace real long-term solutions.