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Biden DOJ Appeals Order Blocking Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

Feb. 22, 2022, 4:11 PM

The Biden administration wants the Fifth Circuit to undo an order blocking agencies from using interim estimates on the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a filing in a Louisiana federal court.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana’s order came as a win for Louisiana, Texas, and eight other states that challenged the estimates. The states argued the estimates would prevent them from buying affordable energy and reduce funds needed to maintain Louisiana’s coastline.

The states “sufficiently identified the kinds of harms” to support an order blocking use of the estimates, the court said ...