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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 […]

While Assessing Carbon Pricing, We’re Missing the Big Questions

This blog post was originally published by Dr. Mark C. Trexler in Guardian Sustainable Business, Oct. 17, 2013. In the 1983 movie War Games (starring Matthew Broderick), the US goes to the brink of nuclear war on the mistaken impression that the Russians have launched nuclear missiles. Matthew Broderick realizes just in time that Joshua, […]

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