The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) has been called the most important number you’ve never heard of. The SCC represents a simple idea – the economic damages associated with emitting a ton of CO2. The implementation of this idea by federal and state agencies could have far-reaching implications for energy decision-making in the U.S. It could also be rendered moot by court decisions during 2016.
The SCC Spotlight is a different kind of Climate Web Spotlight because its goal is not to present a filtered and simplified view of the topic’s complexity. We’ve done something different with the Social Cost of Carbon Deep Dive in the Climate Web, making this Deep Dive/Spotlight a unique topical resource. You will find most of the relevant SCC literature organized here. Much of that literature has been reviewed and the key ideas and arguments extracted and linked together. This makes the SCC Deep Dive a particularly good example of how the Climate Web can serve as an in-depth topical knowledge base. The Climate Web is more than that, because users can also jump to in-depth information on climate modeling, risk assessment, decision-making under uncertainty, inter-generational decision-making, and other topics that relate to ideas behind the Social Cost of Carbon.
To return to the original Spotlight view at any time while exploring, click here.
As is the case throughout the Climate Web, hovering over the thought thumbnails will expand them to full screen. Doing so for the thoughts shown in the Spotlight gives users a good understanding of what they can find by digging down into each aspect of the Deep Dive.
The Social Cost of Carbon Deep Dive is a comprehensive resource for serious thinking about the topic. We can carry out more in-depth analysis of specific SCC questions and organize the resulting information in separate and private Climate Spotlights, or entirely off-line. Contact us for more information at 503-913-0025.