CBO analyzes proposed policies for limiting damage resulting from pollution that affects the atmosphere, land, and water resources. Of particular concern to many policymakers are the increasingly large quantities of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, that are being emitted as a result of human activities, and CBO has studied a range of policies for reducing such emissions.
Climate and Environment
May 2013 - A carbon tax’s effect on the economy depends on how lawmakers would use revenues generated by the tax. The tax would help reduce U.S. emissions but would have only a modest effect on the Earth’s climate without a worldwide effort.
Sep 2012 - CBO’s report assesses how the credits affect the relative cost of owning an electric vehicle, and how cost-effectively the credits reduce gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
June 2012 - Capturing and storing carbon dioxide is a much-discussed option for reducing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions while preserving its ability to produce electricity at coal-fired power plants.
May 2012 - Improving energy security—the ability of U.S. households and businesses to accommodate disruptions of supply in energy markets—requires considering policies related to the nation’s supply of and demand for oil.
- reportMay 22, 2013
- blog postMarch 13, 2013
- reportMarch 13, 2013
- presentationNovember 16, 2012
- cost estimateNovember 13, 2012
- working paperNovember 13, 2012
- cost estimateOctober 2, 2012
- cost estimateSeptember 27, 2012
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