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The Social Cost of carbon

MEA is committed to holding Enbridge’s Line 5 construction plan to the highest possible legal and environmental scrutiny. As part of that work, we are pressing the Department of Natural Resources to adequately account for the project’s climate impacts before the agency issues a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) later this year. 

In a recent letter to the DNR, MEA reminded the agency of its obligation to consider the social cost of carbon in the environmental review process. The social cost of carbon is an estimate, in dollars, of the economic damage that would result from emitting one additional ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  

Quantifying all emissions associated with the Line 5 project would translate the future harm inflicted by increased emissions—such as sea-level rise, extreme weather, and water and food insecurity, among others—into present monetary value.

The DNR failed to include this analysis in its draft EIS. As we reminded the agency in our letter, failure to do so in the final EIS would be a dereliction of DNR’s duty to take a hard look at all the environmental consequences associated with the Line 5 project and its alternatives.  

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