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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 5, MAY 1992

PERIODICALS...
ENERGY


Item #d92may107

"Energy Efficiency: Probing the Limits, Expanding the Options," B. Barker, EPRI Journal, 14-21, Mar. 1992.

A recent EPRI summer seminar faced hard, practical questions on energy efficiency. What incentives would increase its attractiveness to energy users? What is its value to society, and who should pay its costs? How much can it influence environmental concerns?


Item #d92may108

"Really Cool Cars," L. Hazleton, New York Times Magazine, 34-39 ff., Mar. 29, 1992.

The major U.S. car manufacturers are in a high-stakes race, forced by California air emission regulations that are gaining interest in other states, to develop alternatives to gasoline power. Electric- and hydrogen-powered vehicles are on the horizon.


Item #d92may109

"Will the Greenhouse Put Coal in the Doghouse?" Global Environ. Change Rep., 1-3, Mar. 27, 1992.

Concerns over greenhouse emissions suggest a bleak future for coal and the many jobs it supports throughout the world, despite new clean technologies. Includes quotes from energy policy experts and officials.


Item #d92may110

"The Hidden Cost of Canada's Cheap Power," P. Raphals, New Scientist, 50-54, Feb. 15, 1992.

Examines whether one of the world's largest hydroelectric schemes in remote northern Quebec will cause environmental devastation or exploit a benign source of power. One researcher at Canada's Freshwater Institute thinks that greenhouse gases emitted by some hydroelectric reservoirs may rival those from fossil fuel plants. Quebec is pinning its future hopes on hydroelectric generation of hydrogen as a fuel with no greenhouse emissions.


Item #d92may111

"Energy Transitions," J. Darmstadter, Resources, 29-32, Winter 1992.

The importance of letting free markets mediate energy transactions and the awareness of the external costs of energy generation have often not been translated into practice. Economically efficient patterns of energy use and the exploitation of renewable and less polluting energy forms deserve heightened attention.


Item #d92may112

"How to Improve Energy Efficiency," M. Shepard, Issues Sci. & Technol., 85-91, Summer 1991.

The author and his colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colorado, believe that the potential for cost-effective energy savings may be as much as 75% of total U.S. energy demand. A variety of approaches are outlined.

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