19 Mar '17, 8pm

Trump to Blindfold U.S. to Huge Cost of Carbon Pollution

President Trump is expected to order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies to start dismantling limits on carbon pollution from power plants and other sources, as he already ordered EPA to do for vehicles . It is likely that his executive order will include another huge gift to the fossil fuel industry and other big polluters—instructions to his agencies to blindfold themselves to the enormous costs that carbon pollution imposes on American society. This willful ignorance of the harm from carbon pollution and climate change will likely be masked in wonky language directing agencies to stop using an economic estimate of the benefits of curbing climate-changing air pollution—called the “social cost of carbon” —in cost-benefit analysis of rules and regulations to reduce that pollution. Why take the trouble to attack an arcane economic analysis technique...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ben-longstreth/trump-blindfo...

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