The government's previous official estimate was $0.
In issuing its new microwave efficiency standards, the Energy Department - citing what it said was "the best available science" - raised its assumption of the "social benefits" of reducing carbon emissions to about $36 per metric ton, the Wall Street Journal said.
"The social-cost gambit will allow the administration to claim an enormous economic benefit for any greenhouse gas regulation that reduces carbon - such as new standards on existing coal plants (new plants are already being regulated out of existence), oil refineries or lawn mowers."
Added the Journal: "This will also help to disguise the net cost of these rules in lost jobs, higher energy prices and less consumer choice."
Lost jobs. Higher energy prices.
And dishonest, deceptive government.
As the Journal points out, "Congress has never determined that there are social costs to carbon emissions, much less how to measure them."
Republicans are not OK with government by an unscrupulous and unaccountable bureaucracies. Democrats in the Senate have blocked action to curb it.
Add that to the list of things to be upset about.