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The Social Cost of Carbon: Key Scientific and Policy Considerations for the Biden Administration
February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC-8
Free Zoom Webinar
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden took a number of early actions to address climate change, including signing an “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” A key component of that order focuses on accounting for the benefits of reducing climate pollution—including revisiting and recommitting to the social cost of carbon (SCC), which estimates economic damages that would result from greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the order, the federal government is reconvening an interagency working group to oversee the process for updating estimates of the social costs of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, taking into account near-term recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS). The group is tasked with publishing interim estimates within 30 days and a final set of updated estimates by January 2022.
Over the past four years, the Social Cost of Carbon Initiative at Resources for the Future (RFF) has been a key hub for SCC scholarship to implement the NAS recommendations. Join RFF on Wednesday, February 10, as we highlight the latest SCC-related research from RFF scholars and the Climate Impact Lab. The conversation will also feature perspectives from decisionmakers using the SCC to inform policy and highlight key considerations for the Biden administration’s near-term and final updates of the estimates.
- Trevor Houser, Rhodium Group, Climate Impact Lab
- Maureen Leddy, Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Richard Revesz, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law
- Kevin Rennert, Resources for the Future (moderator)
To attend this webinar, you must RSVP and follow the instructions in the Zoom confirmation email.
- February 10
10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC-8