Social Cost of Carbon
RFF researchers are leading a team of distinguished economists and scientists to improve the science behind estimates of the social cost of carbon—the means by which the US federal government, state governments, and foreign governments account for climate change in their actions—through a process that ensures the highest levels of scientific quality and transparency and builds the scientific foundation for future estimates.
Social Cost of Carbon 101
What is the social cost of carbon (SCC), and how is it used in policy analysis? Watch our video explainer to find out how the SCC puts the effects of climate change into economic terms to help decisionmakers understand how emissions-related policies affect the economy.
The Social Cost of Carbon: Advances in Long-Term Probabilistic Projections of Population, GDP, Emissions, and Discount Rates
A working paper coauthored by scholars at RFF and top research universities examines the key methods and challenges involved in estimating the social cost of carbon (SCC).
Social Cost of Carbon Computing Platform: Models from the Interagency Working Group
RFF's free, open-source computing platform allows users to access, run, and modify the models used by the federal Interagency Working Group to estimate the SCC.
Kevin Rennert is a fellow at RFF. He also serves as director of the Federal Climate Policy Initiative.
Richard G. Newell
Dr. Richard G. Newell is the President and CEO of Resources for the Future. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the administrator of the US Energy Information Administration, the agency responsible for official US government energy statistics and analysis.
Maureen L. Cropper
Maureen Cropper is a a senior fellow at RFF, professor of economics at the University of Maryland, a member of the Board of Directors at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Brian C. Prest
Brian Prest is an economist and Fellow at Resources for the Future specializing in climate change, oil and gas, and energy economics.
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