GORDON H. SMITH
COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING
United States Senate
WASHINGTON, DC 20510–3704
February 19, 2008
Mr. Ralph J. Cicerone
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
RE: Section 1802 of the Energy Policy Act
Study of Energy Efficiency Standards
Dear Mr. Cicerone:
I believe that improving energy efficiency is one of the key elements to reducing American’s dependence on foreign energy, reducing overall energy consumption and reducing unwanted emissions.
Based on these concerns, I supported the targeted study of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Section 1802) that calls upon the Department of Energy to have the National Academy of Sciences conduct a study of our energy efficiency standards, particularly whether measurement should be done at the site of the energy consumption or on the full-fuel cycle, beginning at the source of energy production. I am pleased to be informed that this study is now underway, and that the first committee meeting is being held this week.
In light of the fact that climate change legislation may be considered by the Senate in 2008, this study has taken on greater importance and could make a very valuable contribution to the debate. I encourage you to conduct this study with a broad view of its mandate and include an analysis of the impact of a full fuel cycle standard on greenhouse gas emissions.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Gordon K. Smith
United States Senate
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