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How the EPA Puts a Price Tag on Pollution

July 1, 2015

[Wired ]...Coming up with the total economic burden of the scrubbers is easy: Just calculate the price of equipment, labor, and industrial downtime, then subtract that total from each power plant’s bottom line. “But estimating the anticipated economic cost of regulation is a lot easier than estimating the savings that come from environmental benefits,” says Robert Stavins, a Harvard economist who specializes in environmental policy.

At a Crossroads, Biofuels Seek a New Path Forward

June 29, 2015

[MIT Technology Review ]...“The current first-generation biofuels mainly use food crops as feedstock and are either expensive or have modest [greenhouse gas] improvements over petroleum fuels,” concluded a report released in April by the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, written by James Stock, a professor of political economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a former member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

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