RAND energy and environmental analyses help contextualize the effects of existing and proposed energy policies on the environment. Building on a long history of policy research, RAND helps balance the need for environmental protections and economic development.
Hydrogen fuel cells have the potential to produce electrical energy and power vehicles, but decisionmakers need to be better informed as to the benefits and risks of hydrogen-related programs and policies.
States and terrorist groups have attempted to recruit and acquire weapons-critical knowledge, skills, and materials from the former Soviet Union. U.S. programs designed to reduce the risk of diversion are outdated and should be adjusted to address the biggest threats.
An examination of options and cost estimates for strengthening the housing and transportation infrastructure of a potential future independent Palestinian state in the context of a large and rapidly growing Palestinian population.
To engage the British public in dialogue about the future of science and technology policy, the government should clarify how input will be used, improve transparency in policy making, and ensure it does not induce “consultation fatigue.”
Extended emission-control system warranties may meet California's zero-emission vehicle requirements, but if repairs must be handled by the dealer, independent repair shops may lose business.
L.A.'s port, airport, and Department of Water and Power together contract for more than a billion dollars worth of goods and services annually; these activities could be made more transparent and efficient, thus improving public trust.
In the ongoing process of U.S. Army base closure and realignment, lands containing unexploded ordnance have proved particularly difficult and costly to transfer. With few exceptions, little progress has been made.
Testimony presented to the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 9, 2004.
Determining energy research needs for the distant future.
Preliminary estimates of the potential benefits of GridWise, a new initiative designed to bring the aging U.S. electricity grid into the information age.
Recommendations are outlined for protecting firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical service responders, and other emergency responders during the aftermath of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other large-scale emergency incidents.
Using federal funds for natural hazards research more effectively
Examines changes in energy intensity across states and within energy-consuming sectors as part of a larger effort to identify state-level factors that may contribute to efficient energy use nationwide
Examines the potential of Next Generation Environmental Technologies, which reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials in manufacturing processes and products.
Assessing Natural Gas and Oil Resources: Technical Details of Resource Allocation and Economic Analysis
This report presents a new approach to assessing natural gas and oil resources that is intended to help guide strategic land use planning by expanding the scope of these assessments to include economic and environmental considerations.
Includes the proceedings of the May 2002 E-Vision 2002 Conference, a gathering of the nation's leading energy experts to discuss ways to reduce U.S. economic energy intensity.
Identifies significant multiple-industry research challenges in materials and materials processing.
Testimony presented before the U.S. House Committee on Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on June 24, 2003.
The authors examine four recent traditional assessments of the nation's potential supply of natural gas and oil resources.