31 Aug '14, 11am

Plans to Slash Emissions Wind Up Paying for Themselves

Plans to Slash Emissions Wind Up Paying for Themselves

When it comes to plans to cut carbon emissions, a lot of people label them “infeasible” simply because of the cost… as if you can put a price tag on the health of the planet. Nevertheless, even people who are primarily concerned about the economic ramifications of reducing carbon emissions have to admit that efforts to improve the environment have pretty immediate economic benefits, as well. A new study conducted by MIT finds that strategies implemented to slash emissions wind up paying for themselves — and then some. Too often, the real financial benefits of emission programs are overlooked. The mistake that most carbon reduction plans make is failing to estimate the benefits and subsequent money that is saved through improved air quality. “Policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions improve air quality by a similar amount as policies specifically targeting air pollution,”...

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