Summary of the National Research Council's Report on the
U.S. Geological Survey's Energy Resources Program:
Meeting U.S. Energy Resource Needs (12-13-99)

In 1997, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) requested the National Research Council (NRC) to assess the USGS Energy Resources Program (ERP).  The USGS posed a series of questions to the NRC panel on ERP's mission, role, balance between environmental and resource studies, effectiveness, and future direction.  The ERP does research regarding the origin and recoverability of various types of fossils fuels, and assesses the future of fossil fuels as energy sources.  The ERP conducts studies related the environmental effects of fossil fuels as well.  The executive summary of the report is available on the National Academies publications website.  Below is a summary of the five main points made in the report.

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Contributed by Alison Alcott, AGI/AAPG Geoscience Policy Intern

Posted December 20, 1999

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