Bloomberg Law
Feb. 11, 2022, 6:46 PM

States Win Bid to Freeze Biden’s Interim Social Cost of Carbon

Jennifer Hijazi
Jennifer Hijazi

A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday shot down President Joe Biden’s interim estimates on the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions, dealing another judicial blow to the administration’s climate agenda.

A 2021 executive order directed agencies to use an interim metric that estimated costs to society that would come from burning carbon in environmental permitting and regulatory decisions. But Louisiana, Alabama, and eight other states “sufficiently identified the kinds of harms” needed to block the metric’s use, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ruled.

“The Court agrees that the public interest and balance of equities ...

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