Category Archives for "Social Cost of Carbon"

Houston, We Could Have a (Carbon Pricing) Problem!

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With the election of Donald Trump, what will happen to carbon prices (or, more accurately, what will happen to the prospect of robust carbon pricing?) Expectations of future carbon prices are potentially important to all sorts of energy (and other) decision-making, which explains why so many decision-makers are interested in carbon price forecasts. Many electric […]

A Back Door National Price on Carbon?

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Minnesota recently engaged in an administrative proceeding to update its externality values for power sector planning. The proceeding quickly turned into a contested decision-making as to whether the state should adopt the federal Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), currently set at ~$41/ton CO2 (2015 dollars). Peabody Coal and others decided to use the proceeding to […]

2015 – A Pivotal Year for the Social Cost of Carbon?

This past July, in High Country Conservation Advocates v US Forest Service, U.S. Colorado District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled against issuance of a coal lease exploration permit, concluding that the federal government did not consider the social cost of carbon (SCC) in the final environmental impact statement (EIS). The ruling was heralded as […]

The Social Cost of Carbon’s Next Frontier, or Dead End?

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Last week U.S. Colorado District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled against issuance of a coal lease exploration permit, under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements that federal agencies take a “hard look” at environmental impacts. The judge concluded that the responsible federal permitting agencies failed this test because they did not consider the social […]

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