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Carbon offsets--reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from an activity in one place to compensate for emissions elsewhere--are a way to address climate change by paying someone else to reduce emissions.
Federal agencies are increasingly using electronic mail (e-mail) for essential communication. In doing so, they are potentially creating messages that have the status of federal records, which must be managed and preserved in accordance with the Federal Records Act.
Household energy use accounts for nearly one-fourth of all energy consumed in the United States, amounting to more than $200 billion per year spent by consumers. Recent increases in energy prices have heightened consumers' interest in making their households more energy efficient.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the regulatory actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that resulted in the termination of sales of a manufacturer's sterilants and disinfectants.