Developing the Technology of the Future: Federal Climate Legislation Can Maximize Low-Carbon Technology Innovation

Policy Brief
July 19, 2009

America needs strong federal action to contain the threat of global warming. But a series of barriers stand in the way of the technology innovation needed to develop a clean energy economy at the lowest possible long-term cost to society. Strategically increasing research, development, and demonstration (known as RD&D) funding for low-carbon technologies can help to overcome these barriers and jumpstart innovation.