Steep Cuts to Carbon Emission Gain Stronger Economic Backing

A piece in the Wall Street Journal quotes Senior Fellow Kevin Rennert and cites RFF research on the social cost of carbon.

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Oct. 31, 2021

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Many economists say an even lower rate is justified by the decline in inflation-adjusted interest rates to near or below zero in major economies, and by the fact that climate change could leave society, especially in developing countries, much poorer than otherwise. “Intuitively, a $100 cost in a future in which society has grown dramatically wealthier should be valued less, from today’s perspective, than the same $100 cost in a relatively poor future with stagnant economic growth,” says a new study by a team organized by Resources for the Future, an environmental think tank...

“With the updated research, the marginal damages are higher than previously understood, suggesting a substantially higher optimal carbon price consistent with more stringent action to address climate change,” said Kevin Rennert, who led the RFF study.

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