Vitter Calls for Transparency on Social Cost of Carbon

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) speaks during a news conference July 26, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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Alex Brown
Nov. 5, 2013, 12:12 p.m.

White House re­vi­sions to the so­cial cost of car­bon — a meas­ure of car­bon emis­sons’ eco­nom­ic toll — need to be ac­com­pan­ied by the names of the people who helped change them, Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter, R-La., said Tues­day.

“To any­one out­side the ad­min­is­tra­tion in­clud­ing me, this is like a black box,” Vit­ter said, ac­cord­ing to The Hill. Dur­ing a hear­ing, he pressed En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency of­fi­cial Sarah Durham for the names of staffers who took part in the in­ter­agency re­vi­sion pro­cess. Durham pledged to look in­to it.

On Monday, the White House an­nounced it was re­vis­ing its as­sess­ment of the so­cial cost of car­bon and seek­ing ad­di­tion­al pub­lic feed­back.


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