Disputed Social-Cost Metric Fuels Carbon Regulation Foes

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed greenhouse gas regulations for new power plants are expected to face a formidable legal challenge from opponents seizing on the agency's use of an opaque, backroom-developed metric that purports to measure the social cost of carbon.

The revised social cost of carbon calculation has been hotly disputed since it was released in June through a U.S. Department of Energy rule on microwave oven efficiency, with industry groups arguing that citizens should have had the opportunity to comment on the...
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