Legal Headaches Await Efforts to Ax Social Cost of Carbon ($)

Gutting a controversial method that federal agencies use to weigh climate change damages could come at a high legal price, analysts say. Under the Obama administration, agencies used a metric, known as the social cost of carbon, to estimate the hidden costs of carbon dioxide emissions. That is, they assigned a dollar value to asthma attacks exacerbated by poor air quality or damage wrought by rising seas. Billy Pizer, faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, comments in ClimateWire.

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