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A transition of the U.S. energy economy from hydrocarbon dependence to one that is based on sustainable energy technologies will strengthen the U.S. economy, enhance national security, and minimize the environmental impact of energy consumption. Effective public policies to implement this transition must be incorporated into a comprehensive National Energy Plan that fosters innovation in sustainable energy generation, distribution, and energy conservation. Technological innovation, and supporting public policies, will entail a two-pronged approach – implementing conservation policies and substitution of sustainable energy sources in place of conventional hydrocarbon energy sources. This Policy Research Project report includes 23 specific energy conservation and sustainable energy policy recommendations in seven categories for achieving a more secure, environmentally compatible and economically stronger energy future for the U.S.
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