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Pollution isn't free

Right now, some climate deniers are claiming that there’s no cost to carbon emissions—the dangerous pollution that causes climate change. But the science is clear: There is a cost.

As many as 97 out of 100 scientists agree that climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, of which human activity—including burning fossil fuels—is the leading contributor.

Thanks to new information from the White House Office of Management and Budget, we have better data than ever on how much each ton of carbon emissions costs us. These new numbers on the social cost of carbon are thorough, well-researched, and sound—but climate change deniers in Congress and their allies in the polluter lobby are trying to bury them.

  • Climate trends are leading towards more heavy downpours and floods, as well as making droughts more frequent and severe, like the 2012 drought that effected nearly two-thirds of the country.

  • Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods are all now more frequent and intense, and are projected to worsen in the future. Wildfire season is two and a half months longer today than it was 40 years ago.

  • Climate change is linked to costly extreme weather. For example, in 2011 and 2012, 25 “billion-dollar damage” weather events in the United States were estimated to have caused up to $188 billion in total damage.

  • Climate change increases the risk from diseases transmitted by insects like Lyme disease and Dengue fever, and it will threaten world food supplies, affecting the world's most vulnerable people: the poor and hungry.
Pollution comes with costs, whether it’s carbon pollution or other air pollution like mercury or soot. That’s why President Obama has proposed the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants—the single biggest source of pollution in our country—just like we have limits for other kinds of pollution.

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