The bipartisan energy efficiency bill on the Senate floor is fast becoming a magnet for politically controversial amendments on climate change ....
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) has filed an amendment that would thwart the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned carbon emissions rules for power plants.
A separate Barrasso amendment would prevent federal agencies from using the “social cost of carbon” (SCC), a metric that helps tally the estimated benefits of avoided emissions, in regulations.
Under Barrasso’s amendment, agencies could only use the metric if the Energy Department undertakes a formal rulemaking.
GOP critics have alleged the Obama administration, which recently increased its SCC estimate, has not been transparent in its decision-making on the topic.
Then we learned that the unquantifiable could be quantified in logical ways.
Also, just a reminder that the deliberations about the SCC have been fairly transparent even if "GOP critics" haven't paid much attention.