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Kevin Dayaratna: States Using the Social Cost of Carbon

September 7, 2017

After President Trump made his announcement that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, many states and cities throughout the country sought to demonstrate that they are still in the agreement.

In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast Dr. Kevin Dayaratna of the Heritage Foundation joins research fellow Isaac Orr to discuss how states such as Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York have used the former administration's estimates for the Social Cost of Carbon to subsidize nuclear power plants and continue to push coal fired power plants out of their electricity generation mix.

However, Dayaratna discusses how the Social Cost of Carbon regulations are based on models used by the previous administration are easily manipulated to give a wide range of possible values, and therefore these models should not be used for making real-world decisions.

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Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues.
Kevin D. Dayaratna is Senior Statistician and Research Programmer in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis (CDA) and a Policy Advisor with the Heartland Institute.