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Climate Change: Basic Issues in Considering a Credit for Early Action Program

RCED-99-23 Published: Nov 27, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1998.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) proposal to develop a credit for an early action program promoting environmental cleanups, focusing on: (1) some of the basic issues that have to be addressed by any effort to develop a credit for early action program; and (2) how claims for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions that are reported to the Voluntary Reporting Program might fare under a credit for early action program that has less flexible reporting criteria.

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