Carbon counts: incorporating the benefits of climate protection into federal rulemaking

The United States is developing national climate legislation. While the nation debates and assembles a comprehensive policy, federal agencies are issuing important policies ? from clean energy codes to air pollution standards ? that affect greenhouse gas emissions today. For these policies, the final choice among different regulatory alternatives can have significant consequences for global warming pollution. Ensuring that ?carbon counts? in the development of federal rules is critical to identify and implement cost-effective opportunities for greenhouse gas reductions.