Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.5: Effects of Climate Change on Energy Production and Use in the United States

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP summarizes currently knowledge about direct and indirect effects of climate change on energy consumption, production, and supply in the U.S.

This report summarizes what is currently known about effects of climate change on energy production and use in the U.S. It focuses on how climate change will affect energy consumption, how climate change will affect energy production and supply, as well as other effects that indirectly shape energy production and consumption in the U.S.  The report concludes that there are reasons to pay close attention to possible climate change impacts on energy production and use, and to consider ways to adapt to possible adverse impacts and take advantage of possible positive impacts.

Publication Date: February 2008

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Thomas J. Wilbanks
  • Vatsal Bhatt
  • Daniel E. Bilello
  • Stanley R. Bull
  • James Ekmann
  • William C. Horak
  • Y. Joe Huang
  • Mark D. Levine
  • Michael J. Sale
  • David K. Schmalzer
  • Michael J. Scott

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  • Assessment
  • Climate science

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