Establishment of international offices to disseminate information useful in identifying, preventing, mitigating, or adapting to the possible effects of global change.
(b) ENERGY RESEARCH.--The President should direct the Secretary of State (in cooperation with the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Commerce, the United States Trade Representative, and other appropriate members of the Committee) to initiate discussions with other nations leading toward an international research protocol for cooperation on the development of energy technologies which have minimally adverse effects on the environment. Such discussions should include, but not be limited to, the following issues:
Creation of an international cooperative program to fund research related to energy efficiency, solar and other renewable energy sources, and passively safe and diversion-resistant nuclear reactors.
Creation of an international cooperative program to develop low cost energy technologies which are appropriate to the environmental, economic, and social needs of developing nations.
Exchange of information concerning environmentally safe energy technologies and practices, including those described in paragraphs (1) and (2).
SEC. 204. GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH INFORMATION OFFICE.
Not more than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall, in consultation with the Committee and all relevant Federal agencies, establish an Office of Global Change Research Information. The purpose of the Office shall be to disseminate to foreign governments, businesses, and institutions, as well as the citizens of foreign countries, scientific research information available in the United States which would be useful in preventing, mitigating, or adapting to the effects of global change.
Such information shall include, but need not be limited to, results of scientific research and development on technologies useful for--
Reducing energy consumption through conservation and energy efficiency;
Promoting the use of solar and renewable energy sources which reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere;
Developing replacements for chlorofluorocarbons, halons, and other ozone-depleting substances which exhibit a significantly reduced potential for depleting stratospheric ozone;
Promoting the conservation of forest resources which help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere;
Assisting developing countries in ecological pest management practices and in the proper use of agricultural, and industrial chemicals; and
Promoting recycling and source reduction of pollutants in order to reduce the volume of waste which must be disposed of, thus decreasing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
SEC. 301. STUDY AND DECISION AID.
The Secretary of Commerce shall conduct a study of the implications and potential consequences of growth and development on urban, suburban, and rural communities. Based upon the findings of the study, the Secretary shall produce a decision aid to assist State and local authorities in planning and managing urban, suburban, and rural growth and development while preserving community character.
The Secretary of Commerce shall consult with other appropriate Federal departments and agencies as necessary in carrying out this section.
The Secretary of Commerce shall submit to the Congress a report containing the decision aid produced under subsection (a) no later than January 30, 1992. The Secretary shall notify appropriate State and local authorities that such decision aid is available on request.