White House Releases Carbon Price-Tag Data

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama speaks to a group of educators in the South Court Auditorium of the White House November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. They were being honored as ConnectED Champions of Change for taking creative approaches in using technology to enhance learning for students in communities across the country. 
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Clare Foran
Nov. 25, 2013, 9:44 a.m.

The White House is re­leas­ing in­form­a­tion un­der­ly­ing its de­term­in­a­tion of the so­cial cost of car­bon, ac­cord­ing to The Hill.

The so­cial cost of car­bon is an es­tim­ate used by the ad­min­is­tra­tion to cal­cu­late the eco­nom­ic dam­age caused by car­bon emis­sions, and factors in­to rule-mak­ings which im­pose a cap on green­house emis­sions. 

Con­ser­vat­ives have long ques­tioned the sci­ence be­hind the met­ric and, call­ing for in­creased trans­par­ency, have pres­sured the ad­min­is­tra­tion to show how the value is cal­cu­lated. The ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­cision earli­er this year to in­crease the value from $21 per met­ric ton to $35 ad­ded fur­ther fuel to the fire. 

At the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber, Howard Shelanski, the head of the White House Of­fice of In­form­a­tion and Reg­u­lat­ory Af­fairs, an­nounced that the ad­min­is­tra­tion would make the in­form­a­tion avail­able to the pub­lic.

Fol­low­ing pub­lic­a­tion in the Fed­er­al Re­gister on Tues­day, the doc­u­ment will be sub­ject to pub­lic com­ment for a peri­od of 60 days.


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