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New Uses of Old Tools? Greenhouse Gas Mitigation with Agriculture Sector Policies

Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/57914
Abstract:
Following the failure of legislative proposals for a multi-sector greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade policy, the shift in focus to energy sector policies ignores the perhaps substantial potential for GHG mitigation from agriculture/forestry. We review estimates of the current U.S. agriculture sector contribution to GHG mitigation from a portfolio of existing sector policies in bioenergy, conservation, and research and development to compare accomplishments across programs. We then consider what opportunities and challenges may exist for increasing sector GHG mitigation by retargeting and/or expanding current programs—or for bioenergy-related mitigation, implementing proposed new programs—to serve as an alternative to cap-and-trade.
Author(s):
Carol Adaire Jones , Cynthia J. Nickerson , Paul W. Heisey
Subject(s):
agricultural industry , agricultural policy , bioenergy , energy , forestry , greenhouse gases , pollution control , research and development , United States
Source:
Applied economic perspectives and policy 2013 9 v.35 no.3
Language:
English
Year:
2013
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
File:
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Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.