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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Program Authorizations and Appropriations FY 2000-2010." National Research Council. 2010. Realizing the Energy Potential of Methane Hydrate for the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12831.
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APPENDIX E
Program Authorizations and Appropriations FY 2000-2010

TABLE E.1 Comparison of Legislative Authorization to Final Appropriation for the Department of Energy (DOE) Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program, Fiscal Years 2000-2010

Fiscal Year

Appropriation (millions of U.S. dollars)

Authorization in Energy Policy Act of 2005 (millions of U.S. dollars)

2000

2.9

2001

9.9

5

2002

9.8

7.5

2003

9.4

11

2004

9.4

12

2005

9.4

12

2006

11.8

15

2007

11.8

20

2008

14.8

30

2009

15.0

40

2010

15.0a

50

aE. Allison, personal communication, January 18, 2010.

SOURCE: Allison, E. 2008. Department of Energy Methane Hydrate Program. Presentation to the Committee on Assessment of the Department of Energy’s Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program: Evaluating Methane Hydrates as a Future Energy Resource, Washington, DC, September 11.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Program Authorizations and Appropriations FY 2000-2010." National Research Council. 2010. Realizing the Energy Potential of Methane Hydrate for the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12831.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Program Authorizations and Appropriations FY 2000-2010." National Research Council. 2010. Realizing the Energy Potential of Methane Hydrate for the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12831.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Program Authorizations and Appropriations FY 2000-2010." National Research Council. 2010. Realizing the Energy Potential of Methane Hydrate for the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12831.
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Natural gas, composed mostly of methane, is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels, emitting 25-50% less carbon dioxide than either oil or coal for each unit of energy produced. In recent years, natural gas supplied approximately 20-25% of all energy consumed in the United States. Methane hydrate is a potentially enormous and as yet untapped source of methane. The Department of Energy's Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program has been tasked since 2000 to implement and coordinate a national methane hydrate research effort to stimulate the development of knowledge and technology necessary for commercial production of methane from methane hydrate in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

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