Damage Estimates and the Social Cost of Carbon: The Need for Change
The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a measure of the damage caused by an incremental ton of CO2 emissions, used in cost-benefit analyses and in pricing carbon emissions. In 2009, an interagency working group estimated the SCC at $21 per ton of CO2. In this memorandum, written by Frank Ackerman in advance of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy workshop on integrated assessment models and the SCC, outlines the problems with the models used by the interagency group, which are at odds with mainstream climate science and recent policy discussions.
To learn more about the SCC, read our E3 Network report, “The Social Cost of Carbon.” This article is from the SEI Climate Economics Newsletter.