Energy Committee Alert
February 25, 2009

Federal Update

President Obama devoted a section of his State of the Union speech to energy calling for Congress to approve legislation to address global warming and spur production of renewable energy sources so the nation can end its dependence on foreign oil. He added that his budget would invest $15 billion in wind and solar power, clean coal and better fuel efficiency for U.S.-made vehicles.

GAO released the testimony of John Stephenson, Director of Natural Resources and Environment, to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Committee on Science and Technology. The testimony relates to the importance of quality data on emissions in the context of a program intended to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and key considerations in developing reliable data on greenhouse gas emissions. This testimony is based on several prior GAO reports and a review of related literature. A copy of the testimony can be found here.