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Briefing Date:09/14/2004
Topic:Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Ocean Studies Board
Committee to Review the Activities Authorized Under the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act of 2000

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Congressional Briefings
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 -- 3:00 p.m.
2320 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004 -- 3:00 p.m.
364 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.

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Charting the Future of Methane Hydrate Research in the United States

Congressionally mandated in P.L. 106-193, this new report from the National Academies reviews a U.S. Department of Energy program that is exploring the possibility of using methane hydrate trapped beneath the seafloor as an energy source. It also looks at how this greenhouse gas would contribute to climate change.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 16, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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