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Climate Research: U.S. Government Publications

Congressional Budget Office

The CBO produces independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency is strictly nonpartisan and conducts objective, impartial analysis.

Congressional Documents, Hearings & Reports

Congress holds many hearings, or orders documents or reports to be printed, on climate change and related topics. Hearings obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest.

The following sites are places to search for these publications. Also, the Library is a federal depository and many of the pre-1980 hearings are cataloged and can be found by searching in RamCat.

Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and their staff. CRS reports are not made available until a member of Congress releases them. Search the collections below using the phrases "climate change" and "global warming."

U.S. Government Accountability Office

GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

The following Key Issue pages highlight relevant GAO reports and multimedia content.