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Putting a price on CO is a smokescreen that hides its human cost

28 November 2018

Putting a price on CO2 is a smokescreen that hides its human cost

Slashing the social cost of carbon emissions reveals the economic charade delaying real action on climate change, says Kevin Anderson

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IN 2016, the administration of US president Barack Obama estimated that each tonne of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere caused about $50 of damage. In August, the Trump administration revised that to $1, revealing the charade that has supported decades of inaction on climate change.

Few people would agree that a price could be put on our planet, but that is the idea behind this “social cost of carbon”. Such hubris is the preserve of a select group in industrialised countries, who put a dollar value on the devastation that a strengthened hurricane wreaks …

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