After more than two years in development, the National Commission on Energy Policy released its groundbreaking report, “Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America’s Energy Challenges” in December, 2004.

The report, which offers a detailed set of recommendations on oil security, climate change, and other key energy concerns, has emerged as a key discussion point in the debate over energy policy. The Economist has referred to the report as “arguably the first serious practical attempt to deal with the various problems America faces.” The Christian Science Monitor called the report “a template for an urgently needed energy policy that the new Congress must consider.”

The Commission, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation,  the John D. and Catherine P. MacArthur Foundation, and the Energy Foundation, is  composed of 18 experts in industry, government, labor, academia, and environmental and consumer groups. The report’s findings and recommendations were backed by more than 30 original research studies.

As the debate over the future of American energy policy continues, the report offers a practical path to securing the country’s energy needs.  Among its recommendations are:

  • Significantly strengthening federal fuel economy standards
  • Mandatory curbs on carbon linked to a trading system — with a “safety valve” to avoid excessive costs
  • Increased funding for an Alaskan natural gas pipeline
  • Focusing government money on “clean coal” technologies and advanced nuclear power plants

“Political and regional polarization has produced an energy stalemate, preventing America from adopting sensible approaches to some of our biggest energy problems,” said John W. Rowe, Commission co-chair and Chairman and CEO of Exelon Corp.  “Our Commission reached consensus on effective policies because of a willingness to take on cherished myths from both right and left.”

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