MCEA Staff blog regularly about current environmental issues and how they relate to MCEA's work.
Last Friday's Washington Post highlighted a new study on the "social costs" of air pollution caused by energy production in the U.S. The abstract of the article in the March 2016 issue of the journal Energy Policy can be found here. The report shows that the costs remain astronomically high, but also that they are dropping, which reflects changes due to more effective regulation. The study also explores the "spatial heterogeneity" of air pollution effects in more detail. That is important, because our current air pollution regulatory system is driven by average emissions, even though the health effects and therefore the economic effects disproportionately fall on certain typically disadvantaged communities.