Carbon dioxide emissions standards for US power plants will influence the fuels and technologies used to generate electricity, alter emissions of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, and influence ambient air quality and public health. We present an analysis of how three alternative scenarios for US power plant carbon standards could change fine particulate matter and ozone concentrations in ambient air, and the resulting public health co-benefits. The results underscore that carbon standards to curb global climate change can also provide immediate local and regional health co-benefits, but the magnitude depends on the design of the standards. A stringent but flexible policy that counts demand-side energy efficiency towards compliance yields the greatest health benefits of the three scenarios analysed.
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow
Significant, Widespread Health Benefits Possible under EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Politics is typically about the here and now. And so shaping policy to address climate change poses a particularly difficult challenge.
Press Release — Mar 31, 2020
New Episode of Resources Radio: A Status Report on Global Emissions Trading, with Stephanie La Hoz Theuer
Stephanie La Hoz Theuer assesses how emissions trading systems are performing globally and outlines continually vexing challenges for policymakers.
Working Paper — Mar 31, 2020
Have US Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards Improved Social Welfare?
This paper provides the first comprehensive social welfare estimates of recent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.