THE MISSION OF the U.S. Department of Energy is: "to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex." To achieve this mission, the Department of Energy (DOE) has outlined five strategic themes: energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility, and management excellence.
To the DOE, environmental responsibility most generally means responsibly protecting the environment from the impact of production of nuclear arms. Therefore, a chief role of the Department of Energy within the environmental sector is to clean and decontaminate sites of nuclear power production or use. To advise the U.S. president about current and novel science and technology related to climate change, the secretary of defense as well as the secretary of commerce alternate in heading a committee known as the Committee on Climate Change Science and Technology Integration (CCCSTI), not the secretary of energy. Within the Department of Energy, the Office of Fossil Energy manages plans to reduce carbon emissions.
The Office of Policy and International Affairs, a part of the Department of Energy, is the watchdog office for climate change. Within this Office, there are six initiatives regarding global warming and climate change. These initiatives are the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the Clean Energy Initiative, Climate VISION, Greenhouse Gas Reporting Guidelines, the Security and Prosperity Partnership / North American Energy Working Group , and the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program.
The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) is composed of a group of nations that produces approximately three quarters of the man-made global carbon dioxide emissions. It was established in 2003. This voluntary membership forum was recognized by the G-8 summit in July 2005 as a key mediator of international communication regarding the climate and climate change. This recognition was in the Gleneagles Plan of Action on Climate Change,
Clean Energy and Sustainable Development. By combining economics, industry, and research, the CSLF works to limit the amount of carbon dioxide release into the atmosphere. It does so in accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. One plan is to store carbon instead of releasing it; carbon would be stored in the spaces left behind by underground oil fields as they are depleted. Initial research carried out by the DOE has suggested that these deep geologic storage chambers could store carbon produced within the next several centuries. Storage could also take place in geologic formations such as unmineable coal seams, global saline reservoirs, and basalt formations.
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Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.