Tradable Standards for Clean Air Act Carbon Policy
Citation: 42 ELR 10338
EPA is in the process of regulating U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using its powers under the Clean Air Act. The likely next phase of this regulatory program is performance standards under §111 of the Act for coal plants and petroleum refineries, which the Agency has committed to finalize by the end of 2012. Section 111 appears to allow use of flexible, marketbased regulatory tools. One such tool, tradable standards, appears to be a legally and politically viable choice for the Agency, and evidence suggests they are substantially more cost-effective than traditional performance standards.