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A customer prepares to pump gas at a filling station in Springfield, Ill., on Jan. 29, 2010.

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Policy Brief - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Reducing the U.S. Transportation Sector's Oil Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This policy brief is based on Belfer Center paper #2010-02 and an article published in Energy Policy, Vol. 38, No. 3.

Oil security and the threat of climate disruption have focused attention on the transportation sector, which consumes 70% of the oil used in the United States.
This study explores several policy scenarios for reducing oil imports and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Global Solutions: Professor Cao Jianlin, vice minister of China’s Ministry of China and Technology, presents the opening remarks at the joint U.S.-China workshop.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Center Hosts U.S.-China Workshop on Clean Energy and Carbon Collection, Sequestration

| Summer 2009

With both China and the United States relying heavily on coal for electricity, senior government officials from both countries have urged immediate action to push forward technology that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants. They discussed possible actions at a high-level workshop in April jointly sponsored by the Belfer Center's Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group, China's Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Book Chapter

Acting in Time on Energy Policy: Foreword

  • David T. Ellwood
| May 2009

"The question of whether we can "act in time" on energy and climate change poses one of the most profound challenges facing the world today. No human activity, other than the wide-scale use of nuclear weapons, has greater potential to reshape and harm our planet and our species than the rapidly expanding generation of greenhouse gases. What is so frustrating about the issue is that even though the dangers are widely accepted in the scientific community, and even though failing to act in time could set off a chain of events that would be all but irreversible, action to date has been weak at best."

Former Vice President Al Gore (right) makes a point at a Belfer Center "Climate Solutions Summit" to explore solutions to energy/climate challenges. Center Director Graham Allison (left) co-hosted the October meeting with Gore.

Belfer Center

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Center Hosts Al Gore and Top Energy/Climate Experts in Climate Solutions Summit

| Spring 2009

The Belfer Center hosted former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore and 30 of the United States' top energy and climate experts in October for a "Solutions Summit" on the climate challenge ... participants brainstormed concrete solutions to producing carbon-free electricity, using as a starting point Gore’s July 2008 Generational Challenge to Repower America, which calls on the nation to produce 100 percent of America's electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within ten years.