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Capitol Hill Presentation on Co-benefits of Power Plant Standards

Monday, February 12, 2018
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Kathy Fallon Lambert speaks to Policy Makers

Kathy Fallon Lambert, Director of the Science Policy Exchange, led a team of scientists that gave a briefing to the U.S. House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) on the air quality, health, and environmental consequences of different types of power plant carbon standards. The briefing, held in Washington DC on February 6, 2018, featured a study by Lambert and colleagues from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, and Syracuse Universities, and Resources for the Future. The study found that an "inside the fence line" approach for reducing carbon from power plants solely by improving power plant efficiency could actually cause more conventional air pollution and premature deaths than doing nothing whereas a "beyond the fence line" approach that allows flexible compliance measures such as switching to renewable energy could generate substantial health and air quality benefits.

Participants in the briefing included:

  • Kathy Fallon Lambert - Director of the Science Policy Exchange, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
  • Charles T. Driscoll - University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University
  • Jonathan Buonocore - Climate, Energy, and Health Program Leader, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Dallas Burtraw - Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future 

 

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