The Price of Climate Deregulation: Adding Up the Costs and Benefits of Federal Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards
Columbia Law School, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, August 2017
14 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2019
Date Written: August 1, 2017
Federal climate regulations are currently under attack, in part due to the perception that these regulations will impose excessive costs on regulated industries and society as a whole. But according to federal projections, the benefits of these regulations would significantly outweigh the costs. We added up the projected economic impacts of major federal rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and found that the net benefits could reach nearly $300 billion per year by 2030. The rules will also generate a variety of non-monetized benefits, such as improved public health outcomes and the creation of jobs, as well as climate mitigation benefits that will extend well beyond 2030.
Keywords: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, climate deregulation, greenhouse gas emissions, U.S. climate deregulation, costs and benefits analysis
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation