Last updated on: 4/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Renewable energy sources (except hydropower) continue to offer more potential than actual energy production, although fuel ethanol has become a significant factor in transportation fuel, and wind power has recently grown rapidly. Conservation and energy efficiency have shown significant gains over the past three decades and offer encouraging potential to relieve some of the dependence on imports that has caused economic difficulties in the past, as well as the present.”

“Energy: Selected Facts and Numbers,” www.opencrs.com, Aug. 8, 2008

Description:

“The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.”

“About CRS,” www.loc.gov (accessed Nov. 24, 2008)

Mission:

“The Congressional Research Service provides, exclusively to the United States Congress, objective, non-partisan assessments of legislative options for addressing the public policy problems facing the nation.”

“About CRS,” www.loc.gov (accessed Nov. 24, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Ethanol Generate More Energy Than the Amount Needed to Produce It?
  2. Is Nuclear Power Cost-Effective?