Navigation Links
US underestimates costs of carbon pollution and climate change
Date:9/17/2012

The U.S. federal government is significantly underestimating the costs of carbon pollution because it is using a faulty analytical model, according to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

A more appropriate accounting of costs would pave the way to cleaner, more economically efficient sources of power generation, the study found.

"This is a wake-up call for America to start aggressively investing in low carbon sources of energy. The very real economic benefits will accrue quickly and increase over time," said Dr. Laurie Johnson, chief economist in the climate and clean air program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"With approximately 40 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S. coming from power plants, the economic advantages of clean electricity sources are significant," she said.

Johnson, who co-authored the study (with Chris Hope of Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) "The Social Cost of Carbon in U.S. Regulatory Impact Analyses," said the model used by the government is incomplete because it all but ignores the economic damages that climate change will inflict on future generations. That model was the product of an interagency task force comprised of six cabinet agencies and six executive branch offices.

The real benefits of carbon reduction range from 2.6 to more than 12 times higher than the government's estimate.

"It turns out that the price we now pay for energy is much higher than what shows up on our electric bills or the tab at the gas pump," Johnson said.

Without properly accounting for pollution costs, natural gas appears to be the cheapest generation option for new power plants. However, the revised estimates show that, after incorporating the economic costs of carbon and other pollutants from fossil fuel generation, building new generation using wind and solar power would be more cost effective than either natural ga
'/>"/>

Contact: Joan Robinson
joan.robinson@springer.com
49-622-148-78130
Springer
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New NIH/NHGRI grants to harness nanoscale technologies to cut DNA sequencing costs
2. Clemson plant pathologist working to raise cucurbit yields, lower production costs
3. Cooled coal emissions would clean air and lower health and climate-change costs
4. New process doubles production of alternative fuel while slashing costs
5. Molecular economics: New computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression
6. New materials could slash energy costs for CO2 capture
7. Tiny plants could cut costs, shrink environmental footprint
8. Increasing predator-friendly land can help farmers reduce costs
9. Costs for changing pollution criteria in Florida waters likely to exceed EPA estimates
10. Alpine glaciers contribute to carbon cycling
11. Researchers develop rapid method to measure carbon footprints
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/11/2014)... , Dec. 10, 2014  Data Sciences International ... has released a new series of digital telemetry ... toxicology researchers. M series, part of the PhysioTel™ ... the best possible physiologic data when incorporating functional ... functional endpoints to toxicology studies has evolved from ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... 9, 2014  Valencell, a leader in performance biometric ... staggering demand from its licensees for highly accurate, clinically ... not solely coming from fitness and health sectors, but ... "A wearable is only as useful as the biometric ... ultimate driver in long-term mass consumer adoption of wearable ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... -- CIE San Diego has launched an innovative trust ... that enhances care coordination among social service and care ... earned a second $1 million grant from the Alliance ... in community and; will be recognized as a "Live ... 4-6p. CIE San Diego today announced the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New telemetry implants expected to change how large animal toxicology studies are conducted 2Wearable Technology Products Demand Highly Accurate Biometric Technology 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 3Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 4
... acne live on everyone,s skin, yet one in five people ... a lifetime. In a boon for teenagers everywhere, a ... Louis and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute has discovered ... "good" strains that may protect the skin. ...
... in German . , On the way ... Karlsruher Institut fr Technologie, or KIT for short, in cooperation ... realized another important milestone: the second process stage of the ... entrained flow gasifier bioliq II was handed over for operation. ...
... make up ScienceWorksForU.S. today again called on Congress to ... spending that will result in drastic reductions in funding ... U.S. economy of reduced R&D under sequestration are significant ... over the next nine years and 200,000 fewer jobs ...
Cached Biology News:New study could explain why some people get zits and others don't 2New study could explain why some people get zits and others don't 3Bioliq pilot plant: Successful operation of high-pressure entrained flow gasification 2Bioliq pilot plant: Successful operation of high-pressure entrained flow gasification 3Sequester will have a devastating impact on america's research enterprise 2Sequester will have a devastating impact on america's research enterprise 3
(Date:12/24/2014)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 23, 2014 ... presentation, Dr. James L. Sherley, director of the Adult ... attention on an often overlooked and under appreciated unique ... “Asymmetric Self-Renewal by Distributed Stem Cells: Misunderstood in the ... his message to congress participants. He gave the ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 23, 2014 Nashville Fertility Center announced ... treasurer for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), ... research in reproductive medicine. In his new role ... the executive board and will have a voice in ... has actively supported ASRM since 1984 when he joined ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... -- PharmaBoardroom,s new report, , Healthcare ... for free download , digs deep into this vibrant ... the sector today. One area where ... developing a homegrown pharmaceutical manufacturing base, even if the government,s ... way off. A cursory comparison with neighboring Morocco ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Dec. 22, 2014   Synthetic Biologics, ... of pathogen-specific therapies for serious infections and ... microbiome, today announced positive topline safety and ... trial of SYN-004, the Company,s investigational oral ... Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection, antibiotic-associated ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC’s Director Sherley's Address on What’s Holding Back Regenerative Medicine Featured on Omics Group Website 2Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC’s Director Sherley's Address on What’s Holding Back Regenerative Medicine Featured on Omics Group Website 3Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC’s Director Sherley's Address on What’s Holding Back Regenerative Medicine Featured on Omics Group Website 4Nashville Fertility Center Announces Dr. George A. Hill Selected to Serve as ASRM Treasurer for 2014-15 2Nashville Fertility Center Announces Dr. George A. Hill Selected to Serve as ASRM Treasurer for 2014-15 3PharmaBoardroom Releases New Algeria Pharmaceuticals Report 2PharmaBoardroom Releases New Algeria Pharmaceuticals Report 3Synthetic Biologics Announces Positive Topline Results from Phase 1a Trial of SYN-004 for the Prevention of C. difficile Infection 2Synthetic Biologics Announces Positive Topline Results from Phase 1a Trial of SYN-004 for the Prevention of C. difficile Infection 3Synthetic Biologics Announces Positive Topline Results from Phase 1a Trial of SYN-004 for the Prevention of C. difficile Infection 4Synthetic Biologics Announces Positive Topline Results from Phase 1a Trial of SYN-004 for the Prevention of C. difficile Infection 5
... PharmaVentures announced today that it was delighted ... US and Canada as Merck & Co) to secure its ... Nottingham and Roslin BioCentre, for the former MSD research facility ... working between MSD, the Scottish Life Sciences community and the ...
... 17, 2012  Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD ) today ... the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources, effective ... Cepheid from Verigy, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ... Vice President of Human Resources.  Prior to Verigy, Mr. ...
... from a Nobel Laureate. Find out how major discoveries ... policy, education, and research in other countries. The iBioSeminars ... online, on-demand, and for free. iBioSeminars ... biology seminars given by the world,s leading researchers. The ...
Cached Biology Technology:PharmaVentures Helps Secure Investor for Former MSD Research Site 2Cepheid Welcomes Senior Vice President of Human Resources 2iBioSeminars and iBioMagazine: Free, Online Biology Seminars and Short Talks by Leading Scientists 2
... Microarrays designed for genome-wide microRNA ... flexible and powerful Paraflo microfluidic on-chip ... as part of our comprehensive microRNA ... Content The Mammals microRNA Microarray ...
... The LIBS-ELITE houses Ocean Optics LIBS2000+ ... Research Universal Platform (UP) Ablation Chamber to ... position control. The systems features include a ... and targeting functions, precise X-Y sample positioning, ...
...
... The Varian 500-MS LC Ion ... for high-throughput LC/MS analysis where sensitivity, ... Varian 500-MS provides a robust platform ... sensitivity, mass resolution, and mass stability ...
Biology Products: