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Toss Order Blocking Use of Climate Cost Estimates, DOJ Says

May 4, 2022, 4:39 PM

The Fifth Circuit should toss a judge’s order blocking the use of estimates on the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions, the Biden administration says, or at minimum, limit the order to ban only the mandatory use of the estimates.

Using the estimates may lead an agency to decide the benefits of a regulation outweigh the costs, and that decision may affect states, the brief says. But instead of waiting to see, Louisiana and 10 other states challenged the use of the estimates “in the abstract” and asked a judge to “impose wholesale changes” on how agencies account for the ...