New York Times: “The Price of Carbon Emissions Plunged in 2022, and That‘s Not Good”
A column about new data on carbon prices references important RFF research on the social cost of carbon and quotes former board member Robert Litterman.
“China is now the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, so its $19-per-ton price dragged up the global weighted average significantly. In fact, the weighted average for all countries excluding China was actually a negative $4.50 per ton in 2022, according to Gro.
‘That’s the headline,’ Robert Litterman, a former top executive at Goldman Sachs, told me. (Sorry for not making it the headline, Bob.) Litterman is a founding partner and risk manager at Kepos Capital, a New York-based investment company with $2 billion under management that has a partnership with Gro. Gros barometer is built on initial research by Kepos.
Economic theory says that the price of carbon dioxide emissions should, for efficiency’s sake, be set to equal the social cost imposed by those emissions in terms of rising sea levels, destruction of habitats and so on. In 2022 in the journal Nature, a group led by Resources for the Future put the social cost of carbon emissions at $185 a ton.
Scientists and economists disagree over whether the social cost is higher or lower than $185 a ton, but just about everyone agrees it’s way higher than the $4.08 a ton that Gro Intelligence estimates for 2022.”
Journal Article — Sep 1, 2022
Comprehensive Evidence Implies a Higher Social Cost of CO₂
A multi-year study of the social cost of carbon, a critical input for climate policy analysis, finds that every additional ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere costs society $185—far higher than the current federal estimate of $51 per ton.
Media Highlight — Jan 11, 2024
POLITICO/E&E News: “4 Things to Know about EPA‘s New Climate Damage Metric”
An article in E&E News and POLITICO‘s Power Switch newsletter quote RFF Fellow Brian Prest.
Resources Magazine — Jan 11, 2024
How Much Will the Inflation Reduction Act Reduce Emissions?
Maya Domeshek and Nicholas Roy discuss projected reductions in carbon emissions that the Inflation Reduction Act could achieve for the energy sector.