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Social Cost of Carbon

The Economic Argument Against Keystone XL

Sanjay Kapoor | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Sanjay Kapoor

If we are to stay below the 2°C temperature rise, we have to reverse this sense of inevitability, whether it is in the guise of pragmatism or complacency. To aggressively pursue a low-carbon economy, the Keystone XL pipeline is not just as good a place to start as any, but better. It is an infrastructure project -- yesterday's infrastructure.

Kate Sheppard

'Social Cost Of Carbon' Too Low, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The U.S. government uses $37 as its estimate of how much a ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere costs, including decrease...

Reality Check: Society Pays for Carbon Pollution and That's No Benefit

Gernot Wagner | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Cheap energy services have done wonders for the United States and the world, and they are still doing so. No one here is anti-energy; we are against ruining our planet while we are at it.

Why the Cost of Carbon Pollution Is Both Too High and Too Low

Gernot Wagner | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Tell someone you are a "climate economist," and the first thing you hear after the slightly puzzled looks subside is, "How much?" Show me the money: "How much is climate change really costing us?" Here it is: at least $40.

EPA and the Cost of Climate Change

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 07.29.2013 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

We wouldn't be having this conversation if the president had his druthers: nearly everyone agrees with Professor Posner that it would be much better if Congress put a carbon-control law on the books. But it looks like polar bears will be sipping piña coladas before that happens.

Lucia Graves

Climate Denial's Next Frontier?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A battle over the "social cost of carbon" is heating up between the White House and Congress faster than an atmosphere trapped beneath a...

Koch-Funded Climate Contrarians Make Mischief on Capitol Hill

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

With Congress about to head out of town for its summer recess, a Washington-based think tank is ramping up a campaign to foil any attempts to institute a tax on carbon emissions.

Obama's Risk Wizards and Their New Crystal Ball

William S. Becker | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

The Obama Administration has unleashed its highly educated prognosticators to develop a new math for the Anthropocene. It attempts to count things we...

Obama Administration Quietly Approved Big Change

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Back in January, President Barack Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech that if Congress did not act on climate change, his administration...

The White House Just Strengthened the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Jamie Henn | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Jamie Henn

What these new numbers from the White House remind us is that the real question isn't the cost of divesting from the fossil fuel industry, but the cost of staying invested in an industry that is trashing the planet.

Uncovering the Real Cost of Carbon

Gernot Wagner | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Gernot Wagner

The new cost of carbon figure is a welcome step forward, reflecting the latest versions of the underlying models. The bad news is that the increased number also shows that our lack of a comprehensive climate policy is becoming ever more costly.

Economists Urge Honest Accounting of Carbon's True Costs

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 09.14.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Little attention is being paid to another debt that is ballooning out of control and threatening to spur its own economic chaos: the carbon debt.