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Court backs “social cost” of Obama’s climate change accounting



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CHICAGO – A federal appeals court is upholding the Obama administration’s questionable accounting of the costs of so-called greenhouse gas emissions as applied to a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation.

In a unanimous decision late Monday, the Chicago-based 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a request to overturn an arbitrary 2014 rule that set energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigerators. In doing so, the court specifically backed the social cost of carbon set by President Obama.

It’s the first time a court has considered the legality of the highly dubious carbon accounting, according to the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University, which supports the policy and filed a brief backing the DOE in the case. Congressional Republicans, job-creating business interests and energy companies have criticized the accounting as bad math and improper forecasts.



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