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How Induced Innovation Lowers the Cost of a Carbon Tax
June 25, 2018 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Joe Kennedy (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation)  Evidence shows a carbon tax will induce innovation that will lower the cost of reducing CO2 emissions. If the revenues are recycled to expand tax incentives for research …

GAO to Look into Trump’s Reduction of Carbon Social Costs
June 18, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  A government watchdog has agreed to review the Trump administration’s method for calculating the social cost of carbon, including examining the decision to drop the rate as first determined during the …

EPA to Change How It Considers Costs, Benefits of Regulations COMMENTS DEADLINE: July 13, 2018
June 8, 2018 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers …

Drills and Pipelines May Pollute Our Climate but Words Will Break or Make Us
May 3, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Carbon is the backbone of the fossil-based economy and feedstock to a bio-based economy. However, how exactly this carbon is handled continues to divide people regarding what the development …

California Says a Car-Emissions Deal With Trump Could Be Doable
April 11, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chediak, Ryan Beene, and John Lippert  (Bloomberg)  ‘Reason could prevail,’ chair of Air Resources Board says; State is considering a lawsuit to preserve its options  —  California’s top air-quality regulator sees hope for a deal with …

EPA Publishes CAFE Standards Mid-Term Evaluation Final Determination
April 2, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  On April 2, 2018, the Administrator signed the Mid-term Evaluation Final Determination which finds that the model year 2022-2025 greenhouse gas standards are not appropriate in light of the record before EPA …

Schneiderman Backs Carbon Tax
December 27, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman became the first New York statewide elected official to back a carbon tax this week, POLITICO New York’s Danielle Muoio reports. “That includes passing legislation to dramatically reduce greenhouse …

GAO to Look at Social Cost of Carbon
December 22, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Arianna Skibell (E&E News) An independent government watchdog has agreed to examine how the Trump administration uses the social cost of carbon, the metric used to calculate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE
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Mail Call! Don’t Turn the Car (Standards) Around
December 6, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) At least 22 Democratic senators, led by Ed Markey, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kamala Harris , are sending Pruitt a letter this morning urging him not to weaken emissions standards …

True “Social Cost Of Carbon” Is More Than Double Earlier Estimates, Study Finds
November 30, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by James Ayre (Clean Technica)  The true “social cost of carbon” is more than double earlier estimates — with even just an updated accounting of the agricultural sector on its own more than doubling earlier estimates …

Does Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC Reform
November 20, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards.
Why, since ILUC is a required …

Failure to Set Cost of Carbon Hampers Trump’s Effort to Expand Use of Fossil Fuels
August 28, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Revkin (ProPublica) The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s …

Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation
July 21, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Seema Jayachandran, Joost de Laat, Eric F. Lambin, Charlotte Y. Stanton, Robin Audy, Nancy E. Thomas (Science Magazine)  Trees take up a lot of CO2, so one approach to reducing the rate of increase in …

Regulating the Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions from Biofuels Imposes High Hidden Costs on Fuel Consumers
June 28, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  … To penalize the carbon emissions from this so-called indirect land use change, the USEPA and California Air Resources Board include an indirect land use change factor when considering the …

Updating and Improving the Social Cost of Carbon
June 9, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Resources for the Future) The social cost of carbon is an economic tool used to quantify the societal benefits of reducing —or conversely the damages of emitting—one ton of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. The …

Trump Releases “An America First Energy Plan”
January 20, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(White House)  Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use …

Scientists Have a New Way to Calculate What Global Warming Costs. Trump’s Team Isn’t Going to Like It.
January 13, 2017 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National …

The Coming Battle between the Trump Team and Economists over the True Cost of Climate Change
December 22, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … It seems increasingly likely that the Trump administration would either alter, or attempt to stop using entirely, an Obama-era metric known as the “social cost of carbon” in its federal rule-making processes. …

Blog: Competing with Sub $50 Oil – a Strategy for Biofuels
September 3, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed  (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels International)  If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society?
The answer …

Court Upholds Obama’s Social Cost of Carbon Accounting for Federal Regulations
August 23, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive) The Obama Administration has won a significant victory for its use of a social cost metric to determine the impacts of new environmental and efficiency rules, in a unanimous circuit court decision that appeared …

Court Backs Obama’s Climate Change Accounting
August 15, 2016 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cana (The Hill)  A federal appeals court is upholding the Obama administration’s accounting of the costs of greenhouse gas emissions as applied to a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation.
In a unanimous decision late …

Fossil Fuel Companies Impose More in Climate Costs than They Make in Profits
July 6, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox)  … People sometimes refer to the unpaid cost of carbon pollution as a subsidy, or an “implicit subsidy,” to polluting businesses. The IMF recently issued a report saying that total worldwide subsidies …

Proxy Carbon Pricing: A Tool for Fiscally Rational and Climate-Compatible Governance
April 18, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Alison Cassady and Gwynne Taraska  (Center for American Progress)  …   By putting a price on carbon, governments can correct the market’s failure to account for the climate costs of burning fossil fuels; in …

Ted Cruz on Energy and Climate: Free Market Directions
April 4, 2016 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert Bradley Jr. (Master Resource)  … 1) Do you support ending all energy subsidies, including cleaning up the tax code to treat all types of energy the same?  A: Yes, I support a true all-of-the-above …

Modeling Climate Change and its Social Costs
December 17, 2015 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Osaretin Oghomwen Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On November 13th, the National Academies of Science’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education convened with its board of Environmental Change and Society to assess current …

Everyone’s Favorite Climate Change Fix
October 29, 2015 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Cristina Maza (The Christian Science Monitor)   Economists, officials, and executives across the globe increasingly support carbon pricing to stem the rise of greenhouse-gas emissions. Can it work?  —  … “Pricing carbon obviously adds a cost to …

Canada Could Slash CO2 Emissions with Existing Technologies, Proven Policies
October 28, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Emily Chung (CBC News) Regulation or pricing of emissions is key, Council of Canadian Academies suggests  —  Canada could drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions and meet international climate change commitments using existing commercially available …

Working Paper: Implementing Effective Carbon Pricing
October 27, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by James Rydge (New Climate Economy)  Support for carbon pricing is growing around the world.  Governments, businesses and investors are recognising that nationally-appropriate taxes and trading schemes, as part of a well-aligned package of policies for low-carbon …

After Pope’s Speech, House Turns to Bill That Bars Tallying “Social Cost” of Carbon
September 28, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (National Journal)  … Later Thursday, the House is slated to be­gin de­bat­ing GOP le­gis­la­tion to stream­line en­vir­on­ment­al ana­lyses and per­mit de­cisions for pro­jects “un­der­taken, re­viewed, or fun­ded by Fed­er­al agen­cies.”
Tucked in­to the bill, called …

EPA’s Estimate of the “Social Cost of Methane” Used to Justify New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
August 26, 2015 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Wayne J. D’Angelo (Fracking Insider)  On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued proposed New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) under the Clean Air Act covering methane and volatile organic compound (“VOC”) …