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Department of Energy Recalculates "Social Cost" of Carbon Emissions

Rodrigo Mejia

It's not an exact science, but since 2010 the United States has used $22 per ton of carbon emissions to calculate the "social cost" of environment degradation. According to the Washington Post's Wonk Blog, the Department of Energy quietly increased that figure to $36 per ton (though some say it still falls short of the true cost of carbon emissions shown in current climate models). The move is viewed as a subtle plant of the foot before larger environmental policies are introduced by the EPA.

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